By Kristen Fazio @Kristen_Fazio on July 15, 2014
Once the Chicago Bulls officially amnesty Carlos Boozer and sign Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Kirk Hinrich, they will only have room to add players for the veteran's minimum. Mo Williams, Jameer Nelson and Rodney Stuckey are still out there, but it is unlikely they will sign for that price. With the apparent need for a scoring guard, the Bulls should look to add one or two of these five players to provide a punch off the bench.
The Bulls were one of many teams to express interest in Jordan Crawford. Under Brad Stevens, he was a playmaker who was able to create his own shot, but didn't fair as well once he was traded to the Golden State Warriors. In 39 games with Boston, he averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 assists and shot 41 percent from the field, but has struggled from three point range throughout his career. He would be a solid contributor off the bench for the Bulls.
Xavier Henry had his best season as a pro last season with the Lakers, where he averaged 10 points per game. At just 23 years old, Henry has had trouble staying healthy and is currently recovering from wrist surgery. He has shown an uncanny ability to get to the basket, draw fouls and finish. He would be a nice addition to the Bulls, but may be hard to pull away from the Los Angeles Lakers.
Aaron Brooks has bounced around from team to team, but like Nate Robinson and D.J. Augustin, he could find a home in Chicago. He would be a good third-string point guard with a respectable three-point shot. Brooks is a capable creator and would certainly be able to contribute behind Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich.
Another player the Bulls have expressed serious interest in is Ramon Sessions, who averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field. Sessions can create his own shot, pass the ball, and is a good insurance option if Derrick Rose was to miss any time. Sessions may be a bit out of the Bulls' price range, but may be able to be had in a sign-and-trade.
Jerryd Bayless may be the best option available for the Bulls in terms of fit; he can get his own shot, break defenders down off the dribble, and is a capable passer. It's hard to believe that he is still just 25 years old, but as a combo guard, he could be a valuable piece to the Bulls' roster. He is another player who played well with the Celtics, averaging 10.1 points and 3.1 assists while shooting 42 percent from the field and 40 from three.
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