Chicago Bulls Still Have Some Needs to Address On Roster

By Wally Jacobs
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

With the core of the Chicago Bulls already in place for the 2014-15 NBA season, the team still has a couple holes to fill in the roster before ending free agency.

With the additions of Pau Gasol and European star Nikola Mirotic to the team, the Bulls have definitely covered up some of their size problems with their frontcourt. But the Bulls still need a player or two to fill out the roster. The need for a third point guard has been crucial to the Bulls ever since Derrick Rose tore his ACL in 2012. Since then, Nate Robinson and D.J. Augustin were pleasant surprises who helped keep the team relevant with Rose out. Now, the team needs to be on the hunt for its next Robinson or Augustin.

Rumors coming out of Chicago suggest that the Bulls have targeted Denver Nuggets point guard Aaron Brooks. He, once the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2009-10, has since bounced around the league over the past few seasons. However, if the Bulls do sign Brooks, the team will be getting a quality backup point guard who averaged nine points and three assists last season.

The Bulls were also reported to have some interest in Golden State Warriors free agent Jordan Crawford. He averaged 12 points last season playing for both the Warriors and Boston Celtics. Nevertheless, discussions about Crawford signing with the Bulls have somewhat faded. Despite not being the type of player coach Tom Thibodeau is accustom to having, Crawford could provide the Bulls with a little scoring punch off of the bench. Similar to Robinson, Crawford has never seen a shot that he doesn’t like and wouldn’t be a terrible option to have when the Bulls have difficulties scoring again.

Other solid options for Chicago include Jerryd Bayless and Ramon Sessions. The Bulls’ roster currently stands at 11, and management has a history of never signing more than 13 players, even though the roster limit is 15. Essentially, it’s safe to say the Bulls are still not done in free agency.

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

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