After an unexpectedly busy day one of free agency, the Chicago Bulls have agreed to terms with one of their own free agents, Nazr Mohammed. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports the deal is for one year at the veteran’s minimum.
Mohammed wasn’t anything terribly special for most of the year — in fact, he was pretty near useless until February — but he was solid down the stretch and in the playoffs. After averaging just 8.6 points per 36 minutes on 36.7 percent shooting during the season, Nazr turned it on in the playoffs with 14.5 points per 36 on 51.2 percent shooting. His rebounding was solid all year, holding steady at 10.1 rebounds per 36 in the playoffs and regular season.
Mainly, Mohammed provides insurance in the coming year. It’s hard to say if he’ll play much, and the Bulls may well go out and attempt to find another big at the minimum. I, myself, would prefer any of Nazr’s minutes go to Malcolm Thomas, based on the current roster. Also, with Mike Dunleavy in the fold, don’t be surprised if the Bulls try to play small with their bench unit from time to time.
Although Mohammed and the Bulls have agreed in principle, no deals can be signed until the NBA’s moratorium ends on July 10.