Since the Chicago Bulls were knocked out of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, a lot of talk has been made regarding which free agents the team will sign this summer. The names Carmelo Anthony, Lance Stephenson, and Luol Deng have been tossed around, while the name Kevin Love has been mentioned in trade rumors as well.
But beyond those players, there’s still a lot of cheap options for the Bulls in free agency. Out of the 15 players on their roster, the Bulls will have seven free agents—and that does not include Carlos Boozer who is expected to be amnestied by the team this summer. Chicago will have a lot of holes to fill regardless of any big-name players they sign.
One option could be former Bull Ben Gordon. Since signing with the Detroit Pistons in 2009, Gordon hasn’t been the same scoring machine that he used to be with the Bulls. He was even released by the Charlotte Bobcats in March after spending most of the season in head coach Steve Clifford‘s dog house. He averaged five points and one assist on the year. But Gordon was always known as a hardworking player during his time in Chicago. After the 2008-09 season with the Bulls, Gordon averaged over 20 points per game in 36 minutes.
Another player that has the ability to score and might come cheap is Jordan Crawford. Last season, the Boston Celtics used Crawford as a replacement for injured point guard Rajon Rondo. Crawford averaged nearly 14 points per game as a starter for the Celtics before being shipped off to the Golden State Warriors in January. With the Warriors, Crawford was able to average eight points in a reserve role.
Other notable players that could come cheap without breaking the Bulls bank include Anthony Morrow, Kent Bazemore, Jerryd Bayless, and Aaron Brooks. These players are all serviceable guard role players that could provide a punch off of the bench.
For the Bulls, there’s a lot of work to be done before the start of the 2014-15 season. Finding quality role players that won’t break the bank will be key if the Bulls want to compete for a championship next year.