Bulls notes: Pargo, Lucas III signed, Boozer set to play barring setback, Deng/Gibson miss practice

The Bulls announced that they signed Lucas III and Jannero Pargo through their email press release:

Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent guards John Lucas
III and Jannero Pargo.  In accordance with team policy, terms of the
contracts were not announced.

Also, KC Johnson tweeted that Boozer practiced fully today.

Barring setback, CBooz will play Monday vs. Kings. Went whole practice Sunday.

Mike McGraw tweeted that Deng and Gibson missed practice:

Luol Deng (thigh bruise) and Taj Gibson (toe) both missed practice today, but expected to be fine.

Actually, Taj Gibson's toe injury could be an issue. He says he'll play
Mon., but also might have turf toe. Wearing a walking boot today

McGraw also tweeted that Thibodeau mentioned Lucas/Pargo were coming in for extra shooting.  Has Thibodeau watched either of these guys shoot recently?   They're worse than what we hae by a considerable margin.

So to attack these in order:

Pargo/Lucas..  Meh.

Just don't let either one ever step onto the court.  I'd almost rather not have these guys signed just so there isn't a threat of one of them stepping on the court.  If Rose gets hurt, then sign one, because they'll still be sitting around doing nothing. 

Whatever insignificant amount of cap room they take up is still more than I'd use relative to saving that amount to have even a sliver more at draft time to make a trade.

Carlos Boozer is back and ready to play.   Hooray!

This should ease some of the burden on Rose.   Boozer has his issues, and I've certainly been one to document them, but he still gives us a second iso scoring option, and he will allow Rose to rest a few more plays on offense and carry some extra scoring load as well as making it easier to break traps.

Say what you will about his defense, but I'm guessing Indy wouldn't have murdered us on the boards if Boozer was on the game.

Deng/Gibson missing practice?   Probably not a big deal. 

Didn't sound like either guy was likely to miss time, but if Taj's toe is hurting, I'd probably sit him next game.   The Bulls should be good with Boozer back and are better off letting Taj rest than throwing him out there against the Kings whom we shouldn't need him against.


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  • Signing two back-up point guards.... D Rose quoted as saying he's beat up... MIGHT COTY TT actually rest Derrick some against Sac and some other weaker teams? Nah, I must be dreaming...

  • Is it strange that one day Rose says " I am beat up" and the next day two ball-handling guards are signed.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    No. Considering it was rumored these players might be signed previous to Rose's misunderstood comments.

  • Just hope that neither guy is inserted into the game in the final seconds to shoot freethrows.

  • I didn't know the UC need more bricks added on to the building, signing these 2... the building will have bricks for future projects that's for sure. And yes having Boozer back will help out a little even tho I dont' think he will be that much of a difference cause the team was doing fine without him. The guy is too much of a liability on defense for my liking. At least he should have fresh legs considering he has missed oh... close to 30 games this year, or it could be 30 games. I guy that only plays 50 to 55 games a year at his age for the money he's being paid is not worth it. But I guess the Bulls know what they have invested in.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    For this teams needs, Boozer is worth the money even at 55 games a year. The question is will he still be worth it a year or two from now.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    with him getting older and already not wanting to play defense...NOPE!

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Yea I feel you but he's really not THAT old yet...his contract will end with him at the age of 33 or 34 I believe. Let's hope Thibs can at least get him to play better defense as time goes on, boozers issues seem to be mental, not physical. Also at the end of his contract we can move him to a team looking for expiring contracts.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Nooooooooo not Pargo, I thought we'd finally gotten rid of him for good. If the guy just couldn't hit shots it'd be OK, he'd just be another scrub, but he comes out and chucks shots like he's a superstar. I'd rather start Kurt Thomas at PG than let Pargo play.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    He did hit 3 in a row in the Wizards series against the bulls in game 6. Thats about the only memorable bulls moment he's had.

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    That was years ago when he was bad but only as bad as you'd expect for an end of bench guy. Last year he was "I can't believe this guy could even make a D league roster" bad.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    How about drafting David Lighty (OSU) this year.

    He's a 4 year Snr (like Taj so ready to play) SG. Big 6'6" 220 with 3pt range and a good defender. He's compared to Anthony Parker and Arron Afflalo.

    He's playing well in the NCAA Tourney (5-5 from 3 in 1st half today) and should be available late in the first round. He's projected as early 2nd rounder.


  • In reply to Jersey66:

    I like him a lot for our team. It will be interesting to see if we use any of this years draft picks to pick up a SG via trade.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    I doubt anyone in the draft will be a starting player for Thibs unless they are in the top 3/5(which is not possible). This team is too close to winning to handle rookies. But, he or any other good rookie can probably play off the bench.
    They will definitely find an upgrade over Bogans even if it is not a perfect fit like an Affalo. It will be good though to have a backup who can play 2 and 3 positions/defend/make shots ...like a point forward.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    I'd rather have Devin Brown. lol

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    I think the Bulls will look to trade the pick instead of using it, but if they can't find the right trade I've thought Lighty would be on their radar for a while. He's the sort of guy who could step into that Bogans role of defend and hit threes. It's a draft that doesn't have a lot of SG talent and maybe Lighty is the only one who seems to be the combination of defense + three point shooting the Bulls seem to want at the position.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bulls just take the BPA regardless of position though, because of the lack of SGs.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    Pargo = Paxson friend
    Lucas = Thibs friend

    It is friends helping friends. Nothing to do with talent.

  • In reply to supercesto:


    Perfect breakdown.

  • In reply to supercesto:

    I come to bury Pargo, not to praise him, but he does deserve ONE break: it was his JOB last year to shoot 3's, the instant bench offense role. Problem was, he missed open shots all day all year long! Selfish for sure, but probably ordered to be that way...

  • In reply to petert23:

    If I was as crap at my job as Pargo was at his I wouldn't expect to be hired again the next year.

  • In reply to petert23:

    Pargo and Lucas are so obviously worthless as any regularly watching Bulls fan knows that it's not even worth comment. Hopefully there's some ulterior motive where this somehow benefits the Bulls from a trade/cap space standpoint..?

    For those who like David Lighty I understand he's shot a very good percentage on threes the last two seaons. But he's shooting 62% for his five year career from the line. That's just not usually a good indicator of someone who will shoot a quality three percentage in the pros. And hardly prolific at 9 ppg for his career. I'd just have to wonder if he wasn't on a high profile regionally local(Big Ten) No.1 seeded team in the NCAA tourney if he'd be on many people's radar. Five seasons with only the last two shooting threes in volume. And his rebounding for almost every year of his career is not exceptional/denotes exceptional athleticism. And even defensively his steals numbers are barely/not quite exceptional nor is he scouted as having excpetional lateral/defensive quickness. I'm not trying to slam the guy he may be a good kid/competitor, but as a pro I'd probably have no interest as even his release is considered somewhat mechanical as his free throw shooting mostly has indicated over five seaons.

    Guys who might be available(and sure you could slam them as well as there are reasons they're available in the late first), but that I'd be interested in are Reggie Jackson PG - Boston College and Klay Thompson(Mychal Thompson's son) SG - Washington State(Pac-10). Jackson is about to turn 21, and in his third year has bloomed(as many successful late first/20's guys ex. Tayshaun Prince are late bloomers). But Jackson's athleticism is exceptional(at 6'3 5.6 rebounds pg last year) with very good quickness and exceptional leaping ability. His handle is good(not great) with a deceptively lethal first step with 4.4 assists pg at 1.9 A/TO ratio. Shooting 50% on 18ppg and 42% on volume 5 threes a game. Klay Thompson is a prolific scorer from season two and on(three). Recently turned 21 Klay shoots 82% from the line for his career. Absurdly high volume threes(over 7 pg last two seaons) at 40% for his career including 42% this season. Exceptional rebounder and steals with two years at plus 5 rebounds and 1.4 and 1.7 steals pg. He's 6'5 and aside from his high volume/FG % lowering threes his 2pt % is 46.8 with 5.5 FTA's per game. Recently busted for a small amount of pot in his car on a broken headlight stop in his driveway, he apologized to his entire school/home crowd before the Pac-10 tourney game, and proceeded to drop 43 on tough NCAA tourney out Washington. His dad is former Laker center Mychal Thompson. From what I've seen(many games and brief interviews) both guys seem like solid competitors with decent attitudes/ maturity.

  • In reply to petert23:

    Sam Smith has an interesting explanation for the Pargo and Lucas signings

  • In reply to petert23:

    These guys wont play much so it doesnt really matter.

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    Wow what a shame, I thought Lucas III and Pargo were banished from this team, but we did bring back Richards for a couple tours of duties last year. I'd think there were better D-leaguers then those two. I wish we would have signed Arroyo when the Heat dropped him, did the Celtics gobble up another bought out/released player? They like the Lakers have a good arsenal for the playoffs and can match up to any team, but they have put a lot of faith in the O'Neals by trading Perkins.

    Rose needs more rest but come on, how hard is it to bring in a half way decent backup PG? You'd think with the size of PG being under 6'3" normally that there are many people with athletism, decent floor vision, can somewhat shoot, etc. :-) Would have liked us to bring in Peoria kid Livingston as he has given Rose problems with this size of 6'7" PG!!!

  • In reply to Jersey66:

    If I'd have known this was going to happen I would have applied for the job myself.

  • In reply to davebursill:

    best comment all day

  • In reply to Reese1:

    I'm not getting the brick analogy. Are you a bricklayer or something?

  • In reply to KingOfCrumbs:

    If you don't know anything about putting up bricks and basketball, you need to re educate yourself in the game of basketball.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    and trash talk when a player can't shoot.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    not that bad to get lucas back. I know most u don'T like him becuz of denver game but he is a better ball handler than watson. He would allows Watson to play SG. With Lucas III the 2nd offense gonna be better.
    But i don'T like Pargo at all, he is so selfish and rarely make his shots. once he got the ball, he wants to shoot.

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