The Chicago Bulls have missed out on many of the 'quality' big men left. Marcus Camby landed in Houston, Anthony Tolliver landed in Charlotte (have my doubts the Bulls were really interested in him despite reports), Al Harrington ended up in Washington (no reported Bulls interest, but would have been a nice scorer), and DeJuan Blair signed with the Mavericks. Sometimes to build a winner, it helps to sign a loser.
If you want to tell me that these two guys are horrible attitude, me-first, non-team players who have no place on a championship team, I'd have a hard time putting up much of an argument. That'd be, I'd have hard time putting up the argument if we were offering them a job for more than the minimum in a roster spot that presently isn't expected to play anything but emergency minutes.
You take a shot on one of these guys and what is your downside? That you have to waive them? This is the position that's replacing Brian Scalabrine or Vladamir Radmanovic. You telling me that you don't think Tyrus or Beasley can have as many big moments as one of those guys? You telling me that if we have an injury and we actually need someone to play some minutes that Tyrus or Beasley isn't going to do more on the court?
Now worth noting that after his contract year, Tyrus seemed to just completely give up on basketball and not even bother hiding it. He had a PER of 18 when he signed an extension with Charlotte then put up PERs in the 9s the next two seasons in one of the most shocking "I got paid what do I care" displays in the history of the NBA.
However, he was also in a pretty lousy situation on one of the worst teams in the NBA. A guy like Tyrus needs stability, and the Bulls certainly can offer that. He also got along well with his teammates while he was here, so despite being a knucklehead, I think he'd be welcomed back into the locker room by the guys who played with him.
Tyrus was waived under the amnesty provision, so he has no incentive to make more than the minimum regardless of where he goes which means he's in our price range. That said, I sort of get why it's unlikely that Tyrus works out here.
While taking a chance on a knucklehead is something I think the Bulls would be willing to do, they probably aren't willing to take a chance on the knucklehead they already got rid of. Tyrus also likely has enough negative memories of Chicago to simply stay away.
Which is why I bring you Michael Beasley as our second knucklehead option. Supercoolbeas is almost out of the league at this point, while still under contract with the Suns, however, the Suns are reportedly considering waiving him after he got busted for marijuana possession.
His once promising career started out okay but slid downhill quickly. After averaging 20.1 points (47% from the field) and 7.9 rebounds per 36 minutes with a PER of 17.2 in his rookie season, we've seen Beasley's numbers decline every season in the league.
His per 36s are down to 17.6/6.5 on 40.5% shooting with a PER of 10.8 just a notch above the 9ish PER Tyrus has spit out the last two seasons. There's a good shot that Beasley's a season away from trolling Europe for a couple seasons before being out of basketball all together. That said, he reminds me of an Andray Blatche type.
Through him onto a team like Chicago where the Bulls actually need a guy to just chuck up shots and score in volume even if the efficiency isn't great, and he might excel. I don't know that much about Beasley's personal life but after multiple drug busts its quite possible that he's simply too doped up to count on, and the Bulls will need to evaluate whether he's simply let himself go too much physically to be much of a reclamation project or whether his situation has played a factor too.
There's a stack of reasons why the Bulls should pass on both these guys and let them go the other way. I'd hate to have to count on either of them. However, the final roster spot? You're not counting on that guy.
The Heat took a shot on Greg Oden who's knee will likely disintegrate into dust by January, but if it works out it's a great move. The Bulls should take a similar shot on a guy who can help them a ton if it works out even if it's highly unlikely it will.
Tyrus and Beasley are the two guys that fit that category. Sign one of them and hope for the best while expecting the worst. You might get into the playoffs and find one of these guys helps you a crapload more than Nazr Mohammed who's career highlight with the Bulls was getting kicked out of a game for pushing LeBron James. As fun as that was, I'd rather have someone who could score, rebound, or block a shot.
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