The Chicago Bulls have made a roster move, but it’s one that is genuinely surprising. Not that Daequan Cook is a bad player, but rather the Bulls roster move involved adding a contract rather than shedding one. After being waived by the Houston Rockets, the Bulls have officially signed guard Daequan Cook.
Chicago has been looking to fill the scoring void left by Derrick Rose every since the season started, and with recent offensive struggles against most notably the Charlotte Bobcats, something needed to be done. With Kirk Hinrich battling injuries, it appeared clear that the Bulls needed to add another guard to keep the backcourt fresh.
That’s where Cook comes into this.
Cook spent time over the last few seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to the Rockets as part of the James Harden blockbuster. Houston waived Cook earlier this week and cleared waivers today. The Bulls showed immediate interest in Cook, who has been known to be a three-point specialist.
In fact, Cook won the Three-Point Competition at the 2009 All-Star Game.
He’s not a lights out player, but the Bulls just need someone to help them score some points. Rose’s three ball, as well as the deep ball from Kyle Korver, has been sorely missed this season, and Chicago hopes that Cook can provide some relief to their scoring pains.
The deal was first broke by ESPN NBA writer Marc Stein.