D.J. Augustin's 38% shooting from the field as a Bull certainly wouldn't suggest so, yet watching Augustin play makes me think he could stick around next season.
First, we'll have to see if he can stay healthy. He'd also have to take the minimum. It's certainly possible that with PGs always in demand that some team will offer him Nate Robinson money [ie, not much, but more than the min], and Augustin will simply move on.
The Bulls probably won't have more money than the minimum to burn depending whether they amnesty Boozer, come to terms with Luol, and bring over Nikola Mirotic. If they do, I'm not sure they'd be looking to spend it on D.J. Augustin anyway.
Chicago will be in a tough boat next season though. Kirk Hinrich's deal is up, Derrick Rose still can't be counted on, and Marquis Teague went from a guy the Bulls want a first rounder for to a guy they'd likely love to just get off the books even if his deal's cheap.
They'll need to find backup PG help somewhere, and with Rose's history, they may want more than one. D.J. Augustin certainly fits the bill as one of those guys so far.
After finding his way through a rough couple games early, Augustin has shown solid court vision. Unlike Nate Robinson, he's tended to make the smart passing play over the past few games and isn't always looking for his own shot or jacking up threes early in the shot clock with no rebounders.
Of course, while his decision making is probably much better than Nate's, Nate was certainly the more likely of the two to tally up huge points as he shot with better percentages, but while Augustin's shooting percentages are fairly low right now, he does bring some of the Nate Robinson ability to create his own look.
Sadly enough, D.J. is probably the Bulls best offensive creator on the team outside of Derrick Rose. That's probably not a good sign when the second best offensive creator (and best healthy one) was waived by a lottery team and picked up for the minimum.
Still Toronto's loss is our gain, unless Augustin leads us to a bunch of wins, then our gain might be our loss, but that's a different story.
Augustin certainly isn't a plus defender. He lacks the size to really body guys up, and he hasn't shown a great emphasis on fighting through screens yet, but you can't get everything, especially with your backups, and especially at the minimum.
It's been a brief look so far, but there have been more positives than negatives IMO, and Augustin has an excellent chance to make the case for inclusion with next year's team.