Paul Pierce is Good Veteran Option For Chicago Bulls

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There’s no doubt that the Chicago Bulls will be looking for a lot of scoring help over the course of the summer. The team averaged a league low 93 points per game, and was ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Washington Wizards. While the Wizards have a solid team with a young nucleus, the Bulls simply couldn’t put them away because of their lack of scoring. Adding veteran help such as Paul Pierce could help the Bulls with their scoring woes.

Despite being a 16-year veteran of the NBA, Pierce proved that he still has some game left, scoring 13 points and four rebounds per game with the Brooklyn Nets. He also scored in double figures four out of the five games he played against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Pierce also has a connection to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau was an assistant coach under Doc Rivers on the 2007-08 Boston Celtics that won the NBA championship that year. Pierce has always been fond of Thibodeau, so it wouldn’t be hard to imagine the two teaming up in Chicago. Pierce would also fit in well with the scrappy Bulls, mostly because he is a solid defender who is already well acquainted with Thibodeau’s defensive-minded schemes that helped the Celtics win the championship in 2008.

Also, with the inevitable return of Derrick Rose alongside Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, the Bulls could use Pierce’s veteran presence in order to get them over the hump and win a championship themselves. Pierce would be an adequate sixth man who could still give the team around 20-25 minutes per game.

The Bulls have a ton of holes in the roster, and the addition of a veteran such as Pierce is at least worth some consideration this summer. Pierce has the championship and leadership experience that any team would love to have on their roster.

Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for Follow him on Twitter @WJac1.

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  • Jacob Wisner

    Paul Pierce is not a good veteran option. Pierce is a starter at the small forward position, which, unless the Bulls can manage to acquire Carmelo Anthony, will be filled by Jimmy Butler, as his past two seasons of playing the shooting guard position have not suited him and he is better suited as a small forward. The Bulls will be looking for a shooting guard to fill the void that they have had for the last several seasons with shooting guard after shooting guard failing to meet up to their expectations. If the Bulls acquire Carmelo, Jimmy Butler will remain in the shooting guard position, however, their ultimate fallback plan if the Carmelo acquisition does not prove fruitful, would be best suited with signing Lance Stephenson, bringing over Mirotic from Spain, and given Noah’s tendency to injuries, signing a competent center to relieve Noah from some of his minutes. Nazr Mohammed is either retiring or near-retirement and he does not meet the needs of a true backup to Noah, so look for the Bulls to either sign Marcin Gortat, Spencer Hawes, or as a budget backup, Greg Oden. While Oden has had his obvious share of injury problems, if he can remain healthy he would be a great backup option at a bargain price. While I would love for D.J. Augustin to remain a Bull, given his breakout performance this past season he will have too many suitors and be asking too high of a price for the Bulls to match. Kirk Hinrich will sign for the veteran minimum, or at least close to it, and the Bulls will use one of their upcoming draft picks to select a point guard to integrate into the system. As it stands that would provide a starting lineup of Rose, Stephenson, Butler, Gibson, Noah, with a bench of Hinrich, Mirotic, one of the listed centers, and their two draft picks. Along with this, the Bulls will be looking to either add or retain current backups for the shooting guard and small forward positions, Paul Pierce is not a backup player, so the Bulls will make their choices for the other two positions based on the remaining salary cap available. The two current bench players on the Bulls who could return, Jimmer Fredette and Tony Snell, have both shown signs that they could become reliable players, however, their current faults will continue to be a detriment to their playing time, and the Bulls could be looking for more well-rounded players to fill the void.