No matter how many times the Chicago Bulls rid of Mike James, it never seems like he’s really ever gone, and it doesn’t help that he had three separate stints with the team in this past season alone.
James started out the season as a member of the Bulls and played in seven games before being waived on Dec. 16. This came just three days after D.J. Augustin officially joined the team.
Of the seven games, James only played meaningful minutes in two of them. The first came on Nov. 30 in a 97-93 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played 13:03, went scoreless but managed to contribute two rebounds, two assists and a steal; however, his four fouls really hurt him.
The second occurred on Dec. 2 in the Bulls’ triple overtime 131-128 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. James played nearly 10 minutes. He failed to score again but, he dished out two assists, grabbed a rebound and only committed two fouls this time; however, it is worth mentioning that James did suffer an injury prior to the game’s start, which an MRI would later reveal was a sprained MCL, but he played through it.
On Jan. 22, one day after Marquis Teague was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, the Bulls brought James back by signing him to a 10-day contract. This signing was even more necessary since Kirk Hinrich suffered a right hamstring injury on Jan. 20.
Over the course of this contract, James appeared in five games playing as little as 2:48 and as many as 17:32. The game in which he played the most minutes was also his most productive one.
Despite Chicago’s 112-95 blowout loss to the Clippers on Jan. 24, James was able to play quality minutes, as he and D.J. Augustin were the only available point guards. He went 2-of-5 from the field, 1-for-3 on threes and had five assists and two rebounds.
The Bulls signed James for the remainder of the season on April 10, but, unlike his first two stints of the season, he never saw playing time.
James did pretty decent with the time he was given over the course of the season. In 11 games, he averaged 1.0 point, 0.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 7.0 minutes. He didn’t receive too many quality minutes, but he managed to make some worthy contributions when the opportunity arose.
Final Grade: C