Bulls Seek Upgrade From Bogans

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau values loyalty and defense, which explained journeyman Keith Bogans’ starting role for the team with the NBA’s best regular-season record in 2010-11. At age 30, in his eight season, Bogans started all 82 games for the first time, making Chicago’s shooting-guard spot his own by … averaging 4.4 points on 40.4 percent shooting?

OK, not exactly the numbers you’d expect from a key offensive position for a team with serious championship ambitions. But Bogans gave the Bulls’ rotation toughness, he defended hard and, on many nights, it seemed Thibodeau was fine if the veteran guard could hit a 3-pointer near the start of each half and call it a night. After all, Chicago had the league’s MVP in the backcourt alongside Bogans.

But as the Bulls prepared for their first workout Friday at the Berto Center, management pulled him off the practice floor, a source told the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson. His quick story continued:

The Bulls hold a $1.73 million team option on Bogans. … According to league sources, Bogans’ contract officially is non-guaranteed and above the league minimum. With the Bulls exploring other shooting guard options, management is being careful and preventing Bogans from sustaining an injury.

Nevertheless, Bogans, who has been working out at the Berto Center for the last week, wasn’t happy with the move, according to a source.

As much as Thibodeau values what Bogans can do, the Bulls need an upgrade at shooting guard to take some of the offensive burden off Derrick Rose and keep defenses from overloading on the point guard.

General manager Gar Forman addressed Bogans’ limbo status in a statement, saying the team had until Dec. 19 to decide what to do with Bogans.

“Keith Bogans is under contract with the Bulls and we have a December 19th option on that contract. At this time, we are exploring several options in finalizing our roster. We have always respected Keith’s professionalism and we hope to have more clarity on this situation soon.”

Veteran Caron Butler met with Bulls execs as the week began before agreeing to a deal with the L.A. Clippers. Other names mentioned – Jason Richardson, Jamal Crawford – might not be viable options for the $5 million in starting salary Chicago can offer, after word of Butler’s three-year, $24 million contract got out.

The Detroit News was reporting that veteran Richard Hamilton, bought out by the Pistons from the $25.2 million left on his deal over two years, might be headed to the Bulls. Denver’s Arron Afflalo would be a nice fit at both ends, but he is a restricted free agent and the Nuggets seem inclined to match any offer sheets. Another name mentioned was Vince Carter, who was waived by Phoenix. But Carter’s defense and Thibodeau’s demands there seem way out of synch.

It’s possible that, upgrade or not, Bogans stays put in a backup role. Or, depending how the market shakes out, the Bulls could go with their committee of Bogans, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer, same as last season. Having $11 million tied up in those three players isn’t the same thing, of course, as having one $11 million regular at the spot.

“Keith had a great year for us,” Thibodeau said recently. “The things he brought to our team were exactly what I thought he would bring. He played his role perfectly – great defense, guarded twos, threes, was tough, physical, shot 38 [percent] from [3-point range], took spot-ups. He did his job. So I have no problem with Keith at all. He was a very valuable member of our team.”

Just not a contributing member on a cautious first day of camp, it seemed.

26 Comments

  1. BIG MOON DAWG says:

    ITS GR8 TO THROW NAMES AROUND JUST TO TALK BUT ON THE REAL SIDE OF THINGS YOU MUST ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THE MONEY ISSUE! WE CANT GET LOCKED IN TO A LARGE DEAL WITH A 2 GAURD WHO WANTS ALOT AND ONLY HAS MAYBE 4 YEARS LEFT IN THE TANK,THATS IF HE DONT GET INJURED!…WE HAVE A YOUNG CORE HAD A GOOD DRAFT AND JUS NEED SOMEONE WHO IS A SOLID KNOCK DOWN SHOOTER BUT HUSTLE AND HAS A VERY CONSISTENT JUMP SHOT….AND THATS RIP HAMILTON WHO WILL EXCEPT A 2 YEAR DEAL WHICH GIVES OUR YOUNG DRAFT PICKS TIME 2 DEVELOP WHILE HE GIVE US SOLID JUMP SHOOTING. AND WHO KNOWS DURING THOSE TWO YERAS HOW THE DRAFT WILL BE OR WHAT WE DO WITH THE PICKS WE GOT IN THE TYRUS THOMAS TRADE FROM THE BOBCATS…………..FEEL ME?….MIND YOU WE COULD OF BEAT MIAMI IF KORVER,BOGANS OR BREWER COULD OF JUST SCORE 15PTS PER GAME..DANG!

  2. troy says:

    Get on the phone w/ Rip baby! The dude had a down year last season and still averaged 15. Not a bad defender, either. Do it Pax!

  3. JaRon says:

    I believe that the best fit for the bulls is to get RIP or J RICH. Both of these guys are older but they are great scores and play decent defense. That would help spread the court so that D. Rose doesn’t have to do all of the scoring himself. As for Bogans keep him and let him be the relief coming off the bench. This short season is going to be based off who has the deepest bench to win a championship with the games being so close together. A healthy Boozer and Noah should give the bulls what they need down low to challenge teams like the Knicks and Heat, granted that Noah has been working on his down-low and post game more.

  4. Paul Jones says:

    I don;t think the Bulls winning a title or not winning one rests on Bogans starting or not. It rests on someone stepping up to support Rose more often, whether that be the current committee of SGs being more consistent, or Booz, being the player he sometimes is 2 games in 3 instead of 2 in 5. Deng was excellent, and Noah is steady. Could DW be the answer?

  5. PoloKing says:

    I likw Bogans cause he’s prolly the only player on the team that play thug ball but if they can bring back Jamal Crawford whose gonna be a better scorer then hey its time to cut ties with Bogans unless you can keep him and have Crawford come off the bench!!!!!!! But forget that I really think the Bulls should get Dwight Howard…Yes I know evrybody thinking WTF but getting him for Noah,Deng and Gibson wouldnt be a bad trade…Yea they might have a set back this year but lets face it this is the year any team can win!!!! The Bulls would definetly beat Miami in the playoffs having Howard cause either him or Rose would get off cause you cant double them both!!!!! And now that you see Howard is willing to play in a cold weather city Bulls management need to be jumping all over this!!!!!!

  6. D. Wade 3 says:

    ALLEN IVERSON is THE ANSWER to the Bulls’ shooting guard problem. If he decides to play D, he can and he will. He’s also a good choice for minimum salary. JUST SIGN ALLEN IVERSON.

  7. mike from akron,ohio says:

    Bogans reminds me of Ron Harper whom used to play for the Bulls. I would hope they keep him and still land a player like Carter as well. Tmac already signed with atlanta and they are still trying to keep Crawford as well. I love the idea of adding RIP Hamilton if possible.Wouldnt it be funny if they added RIP and he hits game winner against detroit.

  8. Chris says:

    Ive said it since day one! If the bulls are smart they will give J rich a deal. He is the last piece they need to win a title and thats a promise!

  9. JC says:

    I think the bulls should into a sign and trade deal for Rodney Stuckey

    • ChiCity says:

      Who is Vince Carter?? Oh! that guy from Toronto? he’s old and dosent play defense so thats a terrible suggestion. keep your stupid comments away from my Bulls team

    • creighton says:

      are you serious? And do what with him? have a slightly less talented Ben Gordon scenerio again? He would want way too much and there is no way he is going to take D Rose’s starting spot

  10. Jay says:

    I think that J Rich would be a better choice heres why, he has size, pretty good defense, he can shoot the 3 ball and he athletic a slasher type.

  11. markG says:

    Vinsanity would be a great option, he can score a lot of points in every given time. With VC in Bulls uniform, he can carry some of the scoring load that DRose is having. Much better if they can have Jamal Crawford as well, being as their 6man, Crawford is more effective coming off the bench.

    • rogals says:

      jamal crawford is a great choice

    • creighton says:

      Vince Carter would fit in about as well as T-Mac would have, not at all! He doesn’t play defense and if you expect any kind of P.T. in Tib’s system you have to play D, Vince Carter is barely a one trick pony at best

  12. rareairunc says:

    i love derricks and thibs attitude. rose refuses to try and recruit other guys to the team saying he is more than happy with his crew and its up to him to carry them to a title. and thibs just said the same thing, he is happy with what the sg’s provided last season and that they done their job and roles well. great team guys obviously both coach and the MVP

    • M.B. says:

      yeah but you know thats b.s. bro… aint no way Bogans is gonna win you a title starting at the 2… wake up bro, wake up

      • creighton says:

        yeah I can’t tell you how many times I cussed Bogans out last year, he can’t make a shot to save his life, we need someone to take some pressure off D Rose and give us another scoring option, Crawford would be exactly what we need; someone who can score and isn’t afraid to take a big shot…remember when he scored 50 on the Raptors as a Bull? Or the couple game winners he hit as a Bull (there weren’t that many those were tough times for a Bulls fan 2000-01 they went 15-67 ouch!)

  13. timothy shadrix says:

    tracey mcgrady is all the 2 guard the bulls need

    • dfgsd says:

      jamal crawford would fit better

      • Anhtsherard says:

        I agree, jamal Crawford is the perfect fit for the Bulls…

      • creighton says:

        agree, t-mac is a bum, he had his chance and blew it. I would welcome Crawford back in chi-town with open arms

      • gmoney says:

        Jason richardson and michael redd are both unrestricted free agents if you want scoring, J Rich obviously being a better defender of the two.
        but i think rodney stuckey would fit great. very good defender at 6’5 can guard bigger guys as well. can spell rose at the point and allow korver time to sink some threes and can drive and be a threat as well so not as much of a liability as bogans
        just saying

    • SuperCactus says:

      McGrady is going to sign with Atlanta. Jamal Crawford would be a superb choice

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