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.