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Bulls Looking for Point Guard Help Across The Pond


Lost in the overwhelming excitement surrounding the confirmation of Dwyane Wade's return, another interesting Chicago Bulls rumor has silently made its rounds across the Twitterverse the last few days.

Publishing Manager for EuroHoops.com Varlas Nikos reports that the Bulls have emerged as front-runners to land Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic who becomes a free agent this summer. The Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, and Sacramento Kings have all also shown interest in Teodosic.

NBA General Managers voted the 6-5; 30-year-old point guard as the best non-NBA player in the world in their annual survey. In 29 EuroLeague games playing for CSKA Moscow last season, Teodosic averaged 16.1 points on 44.4 percent from the field (38.1 percent from 3-point land) and dished out 6.8 assists per game. He also won a silver medal playing for Team Serbia in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Money Talks

According to recent reports, Teodosic's current team, CSKA Moscow, plans to offer him 30 million euros across five seasons to remain in Russia. Converted to US dollars, the total comes to approximately $33.5 million (signing Teodosic would also include a buyout to CSKA Moscow which doesn't count against the Bulls salary cap spending).

The chart above assumes a $102 million salary cap instead of the $99 million salary cap reality that ESPN writer Brian Windhorst recently reported.

In order to make this work, the Bulls may have to renounce several of their restricted free agents and/or not pick up Rajon Rondo's team option. Otherwise, the Bulls could use their mid-level exception to sign Teodosic as Kevin Anderson points out at the bottom of his tweet (the Bulls signed Nikola Mirotic using the mid-level exception in 2014).

Finally A Point Guard that Can Shoot

Teodosic is a career 37.6 percent 3-point shooter, but topped out at 42.8 percent in 29 games during the 2015-2016 EuroLeague season. If the Bulls sign him and his hot shooting carries over to the NBA, he'd be a welcome alternative to the array of brick-throwing point guards the Bulls currently have on the roster.

Premier Passer

Take another gander at the highlights above and tell me with a straight face that you wouldn't love to see Teodosic throwing no-look passes in transition to Butler next season.

Teodosic led the Euroleague in assists per game last season (6.8) and is widely regarded as one of the best passers in the entire world.

Offensively, he’s the best passer in the world, from a purely offensive standpoint," ESPN's Fran Fraschilla said last month. "Chris Paul is a Hall of Famer, but as far as a pure passer, Teodosic might be the most creative passer in the world today. Now, he will not guard a chair, but he’s a brilliant offensive player and an ultra-competitor. -Per ESPN.com

Obviously, there are glaring red flags with Teodosic's defense. But, the Bulls are laboring at the point guard position right now, and signing a point guard with a skillset that complements Butler may not be a bad idea. Besides, he can't be much worse than the guys the Bulls currently have on the roster at the point guard position and having another European player experiment could be kind of fun.

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