Camp invite possibilities leaking out through the press

We know Brian Scalabrine and John Lucas III have accepted camp invites,  but a couple more names are starting to come out.

Per Eurobasket:

The former Illinois star Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency:
Interperformances, college: Illinois) has been invited to the Chicago
Bulls training camp. Roger was also invited by the Bulls on September
2008. Since then, Roger has always played in Europe gaining experience
in important leagues such as the Israeli premier League with Hapoel
Jerusalem, Spanish ACB with Murcia and the French Pro A with JDA Dijon.
Last seaon with Murcia averaged 8.3ppg and 3.4rpg.

Per KC's Twitter:

Bulls had veteran swingman Ime
Oduka in for workout at Berto today. Nothing decided but could get
training camp invite. Strong defender.

So I went and checked up on Roger Powell's European stats, hoping that he could possibly compete with Scalabrine as a stretch four.   His shooting in Europe has been okay, but nothing special.   His last year of significant playing time that draftexpress has in their database puts him at 38.5% from the three point line, but the two years prior to that were considerably worse.

Given what little data is there, it's not out of the realm of possibility, especially since there is a year gap between his good numbers and the weaker numbers where he likely played for some international league DX has no stats for.  He may have simply improved his shot over time as many players do.

Given my view that Scalabrine is not an NBA caliber player, I'd much rather bring in Powell if he can show any ability to shoot at all.  He's also a noted good locker room guy, might fill the stretch four need and will defend/rebound better than Scalabrine ever would.  Plus, many Bulls fans have a soft spot for former Illini.

As for Udoka, he's spent his career as a fringe NBA player, but he's had years where he hit the three point shot well, and he can defend, hit the glass and do some of the little things.   At 33 years old and with his numbers in decline last season, maybe he's lost a step and can no longer do those things, but for a 13th-15th man he'd make a quality player if he could play to his career averages.  

As noted before, the one guy I'd love to see in Bulls camp on an invite is Bobby Simmons.   Compared to Scalabrine, he's simply a better player in every aspect of the game including shooting.   He's a career 40% three point bomber relative to Scalabrine's 35%, he's a better rebounder defender, can do more things with the ball and is a couple years younger.   As noted, Scalabrine better rock the hell out of the intangibles to make this worth it.


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  • I would like to see the Bulls go after Earl Barron, if possible.

    He was putting up double-doubles for the Knicks last season. The Knicks are bringing him back, I guess. He is getting looks around the league. I believe he could provide nice "big-man" insurance WHEN a trade for Melo does go down.

  • Correction: The Knicks aren't bringing him back.


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    How the hell was Orlando seeded hight (4th) than Chicago (5th)? This is All-Time right?

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:


    The Bulls should have been given a #1 seed for sure.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:


  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    A little off topic but San Antonio is now saying that if they are not contending for the playoffs by the trading deadline that they will look into trading Tony Parker. Look FOR THE Knicks to be all over that and then look for Carmelo to make NY his only choice to be traded to if he is still with Denver by the trading deadline.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Only problem is the Spurs will probably be in playoff contention.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Yeah probably but if they can't get Parker to sign an extension why should they keep him and take a chance at getting nothing in return? Carmelo to NY just may happen after all. I'm just sayin...

  • In reply to Reese1:

    True. I just don't see them not competing.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Don't bet on it. Some team or the other is setup for a failure. One of these: SA, Denver, Charlotte and even Boston might be up for a disappointing season this coming year. If SA is out of it by Jan, then Parker might be traded for saving money by SA. SA looked bad against Phoenix last year...

  • In reply to jgingeri:


    His averaged 11 and 11 last year with the Knicks in a handful of games.

    His best game came vs. the Celtics...check out his highlights.

  • In reply to Reese1:


    San Antonio isn't saying that. A publication is. Big difference.

    Melo won't and probably can't make the Knicks his only option, unless he's a shouldn't get to that point.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Parker is a free agent at the end of the season Happy and it is rumored that he is intrigued with playing in NY so you never know. I think Denver may start to lean towards the Houston deal cause of how much they can give up in cap space and picks and maybe a player or 2. Even though if Denver does trade Carmelo to a team in their conference that would be stupid on their part, but I guess that's why they are who they are and will never win anything anyway.

  • In reply to Reese1:


    My guess is Tim Duncan wants to finish his career with Parker on the Spurs. And I still don't think that Denver trades Melo to a team in the Western Conference.

    N.J. could decide to stay young after they realize that Melo doesn't believe he can win that roster.

    Again, advantage Bulls.

  • In reply to MrHappy:


    If you haven't done so, make sure you do.

    It's a tight race right now.

    Bulls 51%
    Sixers 49%

  • In reply to MrHappy:


    Apparently, Joakim Noah was offered a 5 year/$57 million dollar deal by the Bulls' brass.

    It wasn't $65 million.

    That's still $11.4 million per year w/o knowing the details of the contract.

    Why would he be unhappy with that?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Here's the link...oops.

  • In reply to MrHappy:


    Derrick Rose is 5th in jersey sales in China.

    Of course, they like Red and Black...and MJ's Bulls' teams.

  • According to Doug he hit for 38.5% last year from 3, not too bad for a guy that actually brings a few physical assets to the table ie not Scalaweenie.

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