The Chicago Bulls really don’t need any more point guards. Even after making Michael Carter-Williams an unrestricted free agent and with the likely waiving of Rajon Rondo (as reported by KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune), the Bulls still have four point guards on the roster. Even if Isaiah Canaan’s contract can be waived for cheap, three is a good enough number of point guards for any team to have.
That’s why it was interesting when news picked up about the Chicago Bulls being reportedly interested in signing CSKA Moscow’s Milos Teodosic this summer.
I'm being told milos is very close to signing with the Bulls https://t.co/KdeXyUPsYb— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) June 29, 2017
This rumor has been around since before the Butler trade, but only from a single report by Varlas Nikos, who is the publishing manager for Eurohoops.net. Now it’s been seemingly confirmed by Tony Jones, a Utah Jazz beat writer for the Salt Lake Tribune.
Teodosic has been one of the best guards in Europe for the past couple of years. While playing for CSKA Moscow this past season he averaged 16.1 points and 6.8 assists per game. He also shot 38.1% from three-point land and was overall very efficient offensively, registering a eFG percentage of 56.4. Teodosic formed a great one-two combo with former NBA guard Nando De Colo (averaged 19.1 points per game) and helped CSKA reach the Final Four of the Euroleague. He is a fantastic playmaker, certainly knows how to run an offense, and can score at the NBA level.
Although signing Teodosic would surely be an interesting one, this potential acquisition doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for Chicago. Yes, Teodosic is a great point guard and could be a solid off the bench guy, but he just doesn’t fit what Chicago is doing at the moment. If Chicago really wants to become younger, they won't sign a guy who will turn 31 during the season. Plus Teodosic will only help on offense, where defense is something Chicago certainly has to improve on, especially on the perimeter with Jimmy Butler gone.
Plus it’s not like Chicago is the only team trying to sign Teodosic. The Eurohoops article also cited that CSKA are trying to sign him to a deal that would pay him 12 million Euros over three years. Chicago can possibly sign him to an offer that gives him more money but he likely won’t be focal point like he was in Russia.
Chicago has had a good history of signing international players in the past. Especially guys who have played well in Europe like Toni Kukoc and Nikola Mirotic. Teodosic could be another addition on that list but with the way the Bulls are headed, this signing just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.