Last year, the Chicago Bulls made a splash in free agency hauling in bigs Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic and shifting powers in the East. This season, the Bulls won’t be major players in the open market with John Paxson and Gar Forman focusing on bringing back Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy. The Bulls will likely dip in the luxury tax and be strapped for cash, leaving only one exception to spend on a hole in the lineup that needs to be plugged.
The backup point guard position has been a revolving door for Chicago over the last few years, with guys like C.J. Watson, John Lucas III, Nate Robinson, and D.J. Augustin filling the role from season to season. Last season, Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich shared those duties, and their performance was inadequate to put it kindly.
Brooks was solid, yet inconsistent during the regular season. In the playoffs, the only thing Brooks was consistent at was being bad. He got beat up and down the court by Matthew Dellavedova of all people, and averaged 3.5 points shooting 29 percent against Cleveland.
Hinrich fell to new lows at the ripe age of 34, disintegrating into essentially nothing of value on a basketball court, finishing with a 6.82 PER.
That could be the last Chicago sees of Brooks, at minimum as the first backup point guard off the bench, but to Bulls fans’ dismay, Hinrich will be back.
Luckily for Chicago, help is on the way. The Bulls are expected to use the mini-mid level exception of $3.4 million on a backup point guard.
Here are some options for a stopgap in what’s been a leaky position for Chicago: