The Chicago Bulls announced today that they have waived big men DJ White and Dexter Pittman to bring their roster down to 13 for the regular season. 13 is the minimum number of players the Bulls are allowed to carry, and with owner Jerry Reinsdorf already starting down a decent luxury tax bill next summer, it’s not surprising that the team is opting not to carry more players than it absolutely has to.
Point guard Mike James is the 13th man. He played for the Bulls very briefly toward the end of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season and apparently Tom Thibodeau likes him, so there you are. He doesn’t figure to play much — my guess is Thibs rolls with his starters (Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah) plus at most five guys off the bench, probably more like three or four — but he exists, so whatever.
The thing that concerns me is that James making the team might lead to the Bulls trading Marquis Teague, which I am adamantly against. I think Teague could break out this year if he gets minutes, and with Kirk Hinrich a perpetual injury risk, odds are he will, at least from time to time.
Anyway, the preseason is officially over. In only about 77 hours, the Bulls will tip off against the Miami Heat. Just hang in there, folks. We’re almost there.