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Bulls release Mike James, may be thinking big man

Jan 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Leon Powe or Joel Przybilla could go from sitting on the sidelines of this NBA season to being in the mix for a championship in the next week.

Here’s how. The first step was that the Bulls have released back up guard Mike James, bringing their roster down to 13.

That move has pretty much everybody thinking that the Bulls are looking to bring in a big man to add some depth with Luol Deng out (he’s a game-time decision against Miami Sunday) and behind Joakim Noah and Omer Asik. Who can they get? Well, here is what K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune wrote.

This could pave the way for the Bulls to add a reserve big man, which general manager Gar Forman has alluded to as far back as training camp. Leon Powe and Joel Przybilla are two players with whom the Bulls have had conversations to bolster a frontcourt which currently has Luol Deng out.

Powe makes more sense as a Deng replacement. He’s athletic when healthy, tough and he played for then assistant coach Tom Thibodeau in Boston when that team won a ring in 2008. That said, he’s never been the same guy following a major knee injury a couple years ago.

  1. petermancuso - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    who knew Mike James was still in the league

    • genericcommenter - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      Anyone who reads this website, since there are posts about him, his D-League comeback, D-League showcase performances and rumors, and his signing.

  2. 420hippy - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    hope he signs somewhere.

  3. adnan604 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Mike James is one of those rare timeless PG’s with the type of game where he can play in his late 30’s, very very consistent and very cerbral, not on a level of a Billups or Kidd, but that same style….
    his only problem however is, he is a friggin midget…. if he was a few inches taller with his game, he’d be playing right now without a doubt, very solid backup PG..

  4. zer0sand0nes - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    “Powe, …he’s never been the same guy following a major knee injury a couple years ago.”

    Players, teams & fans alike have to realize after major ankle or knee injuries/surgeries that the body typically needs ~12-24 mos to truly heal & return to pre injury status. The Jason Kidds, Amare Stoudemire are the exceptions not the rule.

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