Well obviously Jerome James is no loss to the team unless the Bulls were collecting insurance that they can no longer collect. I do wonder a bit about this move purely from the perspective of trying to work in a guy like Kurz with only four games left in the season.
Here's some info on Kurz via draftexpress's article on the D League showcase a couple months ago:
had a great first game here, doing everything you'd expect him to do,
but sat out the second game. A very smart and efficient scorer, Kurz has
a deadly jump shot with three point range, while he's also been doing a
great job crashing the boards in D-League action this season.
Kurz is a role player with a clearly defined skill-set and a very good
understanding of the game. Since he already spent the majority of last
season in the NBA, it wouldn't be unlikely to see him called up at some
point. For a team looking for a combination of frontcourt depth, smarts
and outside shooting, there probably isn't a better option in the
D-League. As long as the team is content with his defensive limitations
and not expecting a huge amount of upside, Kurz would be a solid option
for a minimum contract.
The skillset certainly sounds like something we would like to have. A guy who can provide some size and shooting (46% from the 3 point line in the dleague this year, 39.5% with GS last season) would obviously help us considerably.
I'll go out on a limb and guess he can do nothing other than shoot given his overall FG% was worse than his 3% for GS, and his rebound rate was pretty pathetic for a big man.
Still, maybe he gives the Bulls something, clearly Jerome James was not.