With Chinese obligations coming to an end shortly, Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Aaron Brooks, and Kenyon Martin will be looking for work in the NBA. Do the Bulls have room to add one of these players and would any of them take the min to come here?
At the start of the season, I would have said no. There's simply no room for any of these guys on the roster. However, we're 1/3rd of the way through the season, and we don't know what we'll get out of Luol Deng the rest of the way. We don't know if Rip Hamilton's groin will feel better this year. We've seen Taj and Noah already suffer ankle sprains.
In short, we've dealt with enough injuries that despite our depth, we could still use more of it.
Kenyon Martin isn't going to come here. The Bulls have all four of their big men playing presently, and he's not going to sign up to be a 5th big man when he could sign up to be higher up in the rotation in Miami or New York.
However, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith have become more interesting targets. There normally wouldn't be much room for either guy, but with Luol Deng still out with a torn ligament in his left wrist and Richard Hamilton continually re-aggravating a groin pull, the Bulls suddenly might have plenty of minutes available.
Hopefully management is open to adding either player and will initiate talks regardless of the present health of our team. However, the players will likely determine whether or not they want to come here based on what the minute situation looks like and whether or not they can get a significant offer elsewhere.
However, since a majority of the NBA season will be over prior to them signing and no teams likely to go over the full MLE, both players will likely look to take one year deals to showcase their talents for next year's free agency, because of that, they'll look for teams that will make deep playoff runs [where the GMs are watching] which they can impact the game in.
If the Bulls continue to struggle with injuries, they'd be a great fit, but if Deng looks like he can play through the wrist and Hamilton's groin recovers then they won't. It might take some creative selling on the part of management to convince them to take the chance on a potentially crowded roster.