The Chicago Bulls will be in the market for a backup point guard this offseason, and the team has several possibilities on the horizon. D.J. Augustin was a pleasant surprise for the Bulls, and he has made it known that he would like to return.
Augustin averaged a career high 15 points last season and showed that in the right system he is more than capable of producing. Unfortunately, Augustin’s asking price might be too high for the Bulls to afford.
Kirk Hinrich could be back, but at this point in his career the Bulls could decide to go in another direction. One point guard that would be a nice fit for Chicago is Shaun Livingston. Livingston played a crucial role for the Brooklyn Nets this season, and Jason Kidd opted to play Livingston over Deron Williams in crunch time on many nights.
When Williams was dialed in, Livingston often handled the ball and ran the offense, while Williams played the shooting guard position. Livingston would thrive in the same role next to a healthy Derrick Rose. Livingston would take some of the pressure off Rose as the primary playmaker.
At 6-foot-7 Livingston has the height to guard shooting guards, but playing alongside Jimmy Butler he won’t be asked to guard the opposing team’s best offensive player very often.
Brooklyn had the highest payroll in the NBA this season, as well as one of the oldest rosters in the league. Chicago could take advantage and pluck Livingston from the aging overpaid heap known as the Brooklyn Nets.
Livingston played a key role on a contender for the first time in his career. If he wants to continue that trend, Chicago might be the best place for him.