In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Bulls found a backup point guard to fill the job C.J. Watson was brought in to do two years ago. But with Derrick Rose recovering from ACL surgery until at least -- well... no one can really estimate -- the Organization is looking for a veteran to be a starter in the meantime for that period of next season.
Former Bull Kirk Hinrich has been reportedly on the Bulls radar for a couple of weeks; Delonte West is a name added to that reported list Friday.
The Bulls only have a $5 million mid-level exemption to the salary cap to spend on free agents and can give minimum salaries to fill the roster. After signing draft pick Marquis Teague and what's expected to be committed to re-signing Omer Asik, the Bulls will be in the $70 million dollar range -- nearly $2-3 million short of the luxury tax.
The general thought was the Bulls' will attempt using a veteran minimum on whomever starts at the point for them next season. Hinrich reportedly won't sign to anyone that low (and may have other suitors -yfbb), but West played for that minimum last season.
Both are not "true point guards", but combo guards with just enough size and more than enough skill to defend two or three positions. Either would fit add versatility to the Bulls defense for the entire season.
There isn't really much other than a little size and speed that puts the 31-year-old Hinrich over the 28-year-old West. Flynn has been a bit of a disaster throughout his short career thus far, and Alston hasn't played an NBA game since the 2009-10 season.
Here are their career numbers:
Teams can begin courting free agents Sunday, July 1, but players cannot sign until July 11. It will likely take a bit of time for the Bulls to begin filling their rosters with limited money to offer for leftovers and limited trade possibilities.
We'll look more at combo guard and wing options in the coming week.
My opinion: Hinrich's been an awesome defender, but is only getting older and has always has shot selection problems; West is one of my favs; the way Flynn's first name is spelled pisses me off; and if Alston gets anything, it better be suit duty