The Bulls needed another shot creator off the bench, and it appears that they're going to get Aaron Brooks who was high on my list of guys to pursue for the role. He should help fill that D.J. Augustin/Nate Robinson role the Bulls will need if Rose is hurt or when the team simply needs another shot creator on the floor.
According to ESPN, the Bulls are finalizing the deal now. It wasn't oh so long ago that Aaron Brooks had a D.J. Augustin like breakout season for the Rockets. He was a young guy putting up quality numbers as the Rockets starting point guard.
After a poor 10/11 season, Brooks missed all of 11/12 while signing a contract in China during the NBA lockout. When he came back to the NBA he was respectable in 12/13, but never again showed the promise of that 09/10 season.
However, the Bulls won't be counting on Aaron Brooks (hopefully) to play like a starting caliber PG.
They signed him to be a third point guard, and he's more than qualified to do so. He's a guy who can get his own shot, get in the paint, and shoot threes. Probably a bit less so than D.J. Augustin, whom I'd still prefer, in all categories but enough to likely fill in admirably as the 11th/12th man on the team. Aaron Brooks shouldn't play in the regular rotation.
If he is, it means Kirk Hinrich is likely starting at SG, and my head is about to explode. However, he makes a nice hedge to Derrick's health for a minimum salary player and given the Bulls didn't have minutes or money to offer, I don't think they could have done a whole lot better.
Jameer Nelson was the one player I'd have considered putting in front of Brooks, however, Nelson's had some serious decline himself. He's a couple years older, an inch shorter, and has been a shooting under 40% for two seasons now. He's showed a better overall game, but you'd be gambling on his past couple of years being due to Orlando rebuilding rather than his better years being only due to playing with Dwight Howard.
While I could still make the case for Nelson, I'm quite happy with Aaron as the third string PG.
What's left for Chicago?
With the Bulls offering Bairstow a three year deal (no word on how much of that is guaranteed, so we don't know if it's a strong offer or not), Chicago will likely be set with 12 guys.
The regular rotation:
The hope we don't need thems:
Brooks, Bairstow, vet min guy
Given the strength of the front court and overall depth of the team, it wouldn't surprise me to see Nazr back as purely a locker room guy (or someone taking on a similar role). The Bulls don't have any minutes to offer and look pretty well covered in all positions even for injury.
At this point, you definitely are looking for a vet who won't demand minutes and anyone with any potential locker room headaches is out the window. Potential takes a backseat to leadership, because it will be potential that will likely rot on the bench.
Congrats to the Summer Splash Bros
Doug McDermott and Tony Snell made the summer league first team last night at Vegas. It's summer league. It's crap, but hey, I'd rather have my guys look good in a crappy event than look bad in one wouldn't you?
The Bulls were eliminated from the summer league tournament when they held McDermott out for precautionary reasons and all of a sudden Tony Snell wasn't sitting wide open anymore. No real surprise there. The Bulls offense went from summer league juggernaut to something approaching what the Bulls looked like against the Wizards.
Either way, it was nice to see the boys get a little recognition for quality play. Now we just need to wait and see if either or both can carry it over against real competition. I'm much more confident in McDermott doing that than Snell.
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