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The Bulls still need a backup point guard, just make sure he's not super short, please!

Examining the backup point guard market, throwing some names out there and praying the Bulls don't sign another tiny guard.

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After a banner day in which the Bulls achieved their top two priorities by retaining both Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy for at least the foreseeable future, this free agency period can already be considered a success. Of course, this does not mean the Bulls are done making moves, nor should they be.

There's still plenty of time to make an additional move or two. We know that the team is perpetually in the market for a backup point guard. We know that the frontcourt depth chart is even more crowded (and well-rounded) than it was a season ago. The tricky part is figuring out how the team decides to act henceforth.

At their disposal, the Bulls are able to utilize the mini mid-level exception as a taxpaying team, which starts at about $3.4 million. If you were to mistakenly dismiss the mini-MLE as a relatively insignificant resource, remember that the Bulls struck gold by using it to sign Mike Dunleavy back in the summer of 2013. So there's precedent to finding useful players on the cheap, which is something I'm sure the Bulls' front office prides itself on. But, for various reasons, it's going to be really difficult to strike gold twice this go round.

Mostly because the backup point guard and/or combo guard market is really thin. Do the names J.J. Barea or Gary Neal -- both of whom have been linked to the Bulls -- excite you? Generally speaking, guards in their 30s tend to see their ability dissipate fairly quickly. When it goes, it goes. The league's only getting smaller, quicker, longer and faster. And there's a reason there's only one Andre Miller.

Options are out there, though. One of which that fits quite nicely is former Bench Mob acolyte, C.J. Watson. The stigma surrounding Watson in Chicago is pretty lame if you ask me. Yeah, he stunk after Derrick Rose blew out his knee during the 2012 playoffs. And yeah, he passed to Omer Asik that one time when he really shouldn't have. But last season in Indiana, Watson set career-highs in effective field goal percentage, true shooting percentage, box plus-minus (an all-encompassing stat which attempts to measure all-around on-court significance) and value over replacement player, per Basketball Reference. Oh, and he made 40 percent of his threes on a 42 percent volume of his total shots! That's good!

Furthermore, Watson's price tag appears to be exactly the going rate for the mini MLE. After the season he had in Indiana, he's due for a bump up in salary (he made barely over $2 million last season). So something like two years with a partial guarantee on the second year seems reasonable for both parties.

Another name that has popped up is Jeremy Lin, but the immediate trouble there is whether he'll be too expensive. In all likelihood, he will be. It would take a hell of a convincing job to get Lin on the mini MLE, but here's what my pitch to him would be: sacrifice some coin this season and take a one-year offer to backup Derrick Rose, increase your value by feasting on second units, then hit the open market next summer when everybody has cap space. Unless the Kings offer Lin something ridiculous out of left field (totally possible), I don't know that there's a better situation for him.

Shooting isn't his really strong suit, but Lin is a savvy passer who also has a knack for getting to the free throw line. He's a perfect high usage guy on second units. And if there's one reason I really like Lin it's because he's not a super short point guard. Lord knows I've seen enough of those in my day. He'd be your backup point guard who can also slide Derrick over to combo guard for small-ball purposes. He'd be a great get, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

Rodney Stuckey's name is one I've heard mentioned by fans, but I think he also falls in the same he's-a-little-too-pricey boat as Lin. Plus, Stuckey played nearly 90 percent of his minutes at off-guard last season, per Basketball Reference. Which basically makes him an offensive-minded E'Twaun Moore.

Then there's the slew of older unrestricted guys like Aaron Brooks, Will Bynum and Jameer Nelson who I would really want to avoid at all costs. Again, the tiny point guard thing has scarred me. It's oddly endearing in the regular season and downright maddening in the playoffs. No thanks. Hey, Austin Rivers is out there...nevermind.

There's also still a crop of restricted free agent point guards out there, but I'm not quite sure how the Bulls could wrestle the likes of a Patrick Beverley away from the Rockets unless they create space by trading away someone first. By now, we've all at least entertained the thought of trading one of Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah or Taj Gibson. And there's a strong case to be made for each, but I'll just leave it at that before the wheels start turning on potential trade scenarios.

From what I can gather, there's but one situation where the Bulls could work some magic. For those unaware, the San Antonio Spurs are attempting to pull off an incredibly delicate and complex balancing act in order to obtain LaMarcus Aldridge. Why this matters to Chicago is because the Spurs aren't in any position to add salary. Which means they should sign restricted free agent point guard Cory Joesph to an offer sheet which would correspond to the full three-year mini MLE. Joesph's young (23), quietly put together a nice 2014-15 season and has some upside. Of course, the Spurs might be inclined to move Patty Mills, too. So if you fancy Mills to Joesph, that's fine, but a trade complicates matters. Which is why I'd prefer luring Joesph away without surrendering any assets.

Really, as long as it isn't another super tiny person -- of course, there's always exceptions -- it doesn't matter how the Bulls elect to address backup point guard. Just get someone. Under no circumstance is going into the season with Kirk Hinrich as the backup acceptable. And although I personally wouldn't mind seeing Moore get some burn, that's not an ideal situation, either. The options may be thin, but they certainly aren't limited. That's the bottom line for the Bulls.