While the majority of NBA teams make loud roster moves to improve their teams in this very active off-season, the Bulls are quietly talking to low budget players to fill out their remaining roster spots as they try to remain as close to the luxury tax as possible:
Marco Belinelli (SG, Previous team: New Orleans Hornets): Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD reported that Belinelli and the Bulls are in “advanced talks” and though “nothing is imminent”, the talks indicate Belinelli potentially signing for the bi-annual exception ($1.9 million). UPDATE: CSN Chicago reports “deal is done”, Marco Belinelli will be a Bull next season.
Donte Greene (SF, Previous team: Sacramento Kings): Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com reported that Greene is talking to multiple teams, “but hopes to land with Bulls”. Cooper says Chicago has shown interest, but no offer has been presented as of Friday evening.
E’Twaun Moore (SG, Previous team: Boston Celtics): The 2011 55th draft pick has been impressing in summer league play, but was recently used in the S&T involving Courtney Lee and was sent to Houston who are expected to waive him. WEEI.com is reporting that Moore “expects to wind up in Bulls camp”. He dropped 25 points on 10-19 shooting against the Bulls last week in Las Vegas.
Nazr Mohammed (C, Previous team: Oklahoma City Thunder): Peter Vescey of the NY Post was the first to report that Mohammed has chosen the Chicago Bulls over the Brooklyn Nets, almost certainly marking the end of Omer Asik’s tenure in Chicago.
Randy Foye (Combo Guard, Previous team: Los Angeles Clippers): CSN Chicago reports that Bulls still have their eyes on Foye after the reported deal with Marco Belinelli. With Teague showing he’s not quite NBA ready with his poor summer league play and clear inexperience, if Bulls land Foye, I could see him playing some back-up point.
Malcolm Thomas (PF, Previous team: NBA D-League): After a spectacular showing in the Las Vegas Summer League, being the only player to average a double-double (11.4 points/12.4 rebounds), CSN Chicago reports that the Bulls are actively attempting to sign Thomas to a 1-year deal.
Finally, Omer Asik‘s offer sheet with Houston has been signed and the Bulls will have 3 days starting tonight or tomorrow (depending on when they receive the sheet) to match or decline the 3 year / $25 million offer – deadline is Tuesday night at 11:59 (ET).