After nearly an entire month of doing nothing but crunch numbers, the Bulls have now begun to put their
basketball decisions financial decisions into action.
The Bulls have officially agreed to terms with free agent guard Marco Belinelli who will come in and replace Kyle Korver who was traded to Atlanta earlier this month.
Belinelli’s signing means that the Bulls have retooled the entire Bench Mob, with only Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler being returning members. The Bulls have also added Vladimir Radmanovic, and Nazr Mohammed to the Mob with rookie Marquis Teague joining as well.
Belinelli is actually a pretty solid signing, but that’s a distorted view of things considering he’s being compared to Radmanovic and Mohammed who are not offensive options. With the Hornets last year, Belinelli averaged over 11 points per game which will add much need production off the bench.
If Belinelli wasn’t given the Bulls Bi-Annual exception, then Chicago will be on a hard cap all of next season. That doesn’t really matter much since Jerry Reinsdorf isn’t planning on spending another penny once the season starts.
Welcome back Captain Kirk: The Bulls continued the slew of news today by announcing that they have officially signed Kirk Hinrich.
The former captain spent seven seasons with the Bulls before spending the last few bouncing between the Wizards and the Hawks. Due to the injury to Derrick Rose, Hinrich is expected to come in as a starter in Chicago and with the way fans love him, he is expected to keep fan morale from bottoming out for at least the first few weeks of the season.
Hinrich was signed to the Bulls Mid-Level Exception meaning he’ll get around $4 million this year as well as next year.
Bulls Target Malcolm Thomas: If you watched the Vegas Summer League at all this year you may have noticed someone who did a fine job of standing out.
Malcolm Thomas, who has bounced around the D-League and has only sparingly gotten a shot in the NBA in the past, wowed Bulls brass in Vegas, posting up consistent double-doubles and making a name for himself.
Now that the Summer circuit is over, Thomas may have played himself into a contract with the Bulls. Chicago is going hard after offering Thomas a one year deal according to sources. If Thomas joins the team, he’ll add fresh legs off the bench that will compliment the second unit very well.
Although he’s drawn comparisons to Taj Gibson by fans, Thomas is a small forward which means if he proves his worth in the Tom Thibodeau system ,he may have a future coming off the bench behind future starter Jimmy Butler.