Bulls worked out Steve Novak, and I'm on board with signing him. Out and
out specialist, indeed, but we need an out and out specialist.
I think the Bulls are generally waiting around this summer trying to maximize their opportunity to use the remainder of their cap room. A trade for Rudy Fernandez has been in the rumor mill for as long as I can remember and still feels like a very good possibility.
However, if a Fernandez trade isn't going to happen then a move for a stretch four like Scalabrine or Novak makes some sense. Both guys can give the Bulls a little extra shooting while still keeping size on the court.
Now my opinion is that if your stretch four is Scalabrine or Novak you're probably just as well to find a guard or small forward who can shoot the ball. Both of these guys have rebound rates under five, so they aren't really providing you any benefit to their size. They don't play big, and their lack of speed probably hurts you more defense than the lack of size would if you went small.
Also, their odds of getting open for threes with their footspeed is much lower than the odds of a guard who could run off of screens. When you have a big man who doesn't use his size to do big men things, then I'm not sure how much it really helps you.
I don't expect either guy to play enough (if signed), to worry about though. They both fill a need (shooting), and despite my theory about going small with a guard who can shoot, there really aren't a whole ton of options for guards who can shoot either. In that sense, these two might just be among the best shooters left of any size.
I'm still hoping that we trade for Fernandez, but these types of workouts and discussions highlight the fact that management knows where the remaining weaknesses on the team are, and want to work to correct them as best they can.