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Bulls guarantee contracts of Brian Scalabrine and John Lucas for the season

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Tuesday was cut day in the NBA, where players with non-guaranteed deals were to either be waived or have their contracts guaranteed for the rest of the season.

On the mothership, Scott Schroeder has a roundup of those who qualified and those who were axed. The only Bulls who had non-guaranteed contracts were Brian Scalabrine and John Lucas, and KC Johnson confirmed that neither was waived today. It's a move that was expected, so much so that I preemptively took a shot at KC for his forthcoming 'as expected' tweet which never arrived (darn).

The Bulls still have 2 open roster spots, though in practicality only one: because a single league-minimum deal is pretty much all they can spend without triggering the luxury tax. In the latest Bulls Beat podcast, Doug theorized that due to that single-bullet theory, the Bulls will probably only add someone if they incur another injury (like when they signed Mike James), otherwise they won't have that option to choose a guard or a big later if an injury did occur. Makes sense to me. As does the following theory that it's not so much about paying a single-season tax as it is maybe not wanting to get into the 'repeater tax' too early (assuming, lol, they pay it in future years).

It brings up again whether this is the best way to use their end-of-bench spots, something addressed at the beginning of the season. There are merits to the pseudo-coach philosophy, to be sure. I've come around to the reality that there are some things Scal/Lucas can do as players wearing jerseys in the locker room that they couldn't as coaches.

And don't forget this benefit, pointed out by Kyle Korver after Monday's game:

So there's three incredibly loud cheers every game that you can count on. The first one is when the doughnut races the coffee races the bagel and everyone swears they pick the coffee. The reality is not everyone picked the coffee, but everyone cheers like they picked the coffee. Two is when we score 100 points and everyone gets a free Big Mac or whatever they get. And three is when Scalabrine comes in the game. Guarantee, every single game, the crowd goes nuts no matter where we're at.