CHICAGO — The Bulls made two more moves on Sunday to try and craft a championship worthy team. The Bulls also attempted to plug some glaring holes they have in their lineup and on their bench.
Chicago added guards John Lucas III and Jannero Pargo on Sunday. Both players practiced and both are expected to add some depth to the bench and provide further injury insurance for the Bulls.
Pargo is no stranger to the Bulls, he’s come and gone from the Chicago roster over the last decade going as far as playing 63 games for the Bulls last season before undergoing knee surgery. Pargo’s longest stay with the Bulls lasted from 2003-2006 where he achieved career highs in FG% and PPG. Pargo started his career with the Lakers and saw time on the rosters of Toronto, Oklahoma and New Orleans as well as spending time over seas with Dynamo Moscow and Olympiacos Piraeus.
Lucas has also seen time on the Bulls roster lately. Lucas was waived by the Bulls on January 4th before his contract was guaranteed for the rest of the season. Lucas saw action in just two games this year for the Bulls most recently on December 21st against the Sixers. Lucas saw his most action with the Houston Rockets from 2005-2007 playing in 60 games.
The most significant signing is Pargo as he can add reliable depth in the playoffs. In his NBA career, Pargo has played in 35 playoff games and achieved a career high in 3-point shooting of 60%, coincidentally with the Bulls in the 2003-04 postseason. He won’t be a lights out, go-to guy in the playoffs, but he can be counted on if he is put in the game.
“We think they’re a great fit for us,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Both are high character guys, both are shooters. And it’s insurance for us. And it also gives us an opportunity to rest some guys in practice, if we choose to do that.”
Neither players are the outside shooters, or general shooters the Bulls were looking for, but it’s better than nothing. What impact they will have is yet to be seen.