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Report: Marco Belinelli to Bulls deal done

Jul 23, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

Marco Belinelli, Nicolas Batum AP

UPDATE 7:07 pm: Marco Belinelli will make $1.96 million on a one-year contract with the Bulls, according to Ken Berger of That sticks with their plan of keeping cap space open in future years to chase after bigger fish to pair with Derrick Rose.

2:34 pm: The summer of treading water in Chicago — holding their ground and keeping options open for a couple years from now — continues in Chicago, although with a signing that is a little better than Bulls fans probably realize.

Chicago has got its man in Marco Belinelli, tweets Aggrey Sam of

Source confirms Marco Bellinelli’s deal with the Bulls is done. Also: Bulls attempting to sign summer-leaguer Malcolm Thomas to 1-year deal.

Sam says the Bulls are still going after free agent Randy Foye.

Expect Belinilli’s to be a two year deal with maybe a team option for a third, the Bulls want a lot of cap space in the summer of 2014 to get another star to go next to Rose.

Last season Hornets’ coach Monty Williams spoke well of Belinelli, he really liked how the Italian fit into what Williams was trying to establish with a defense-first philosophy. He said Belinelli was very coachable. And it doesn’t hurt that the Bulls need some shooting and he is a career 39 percent three-point shooter. This is a nice fit, a guy who you can give more minutes to if Rip Hamilton struggles or is injured.

That said, is this some great upgrade for the Bulls bench? No. Just treading water.

  1. knightrider1755 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Randy Foye would be a good addition.

  2. boilerup1869 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Bulls 2012/2013 season: The Winter of our Discontent.

  3. asublimeday - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Bulls will get out of the first round this year if rose can return in January/February. Noah, deng, boozer, Hamilton, rose, and Hinrich playing 6th man is still a damn good team. Better than the heat? Nope. But better than most of the league.

    • passerby23 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      You’re right, still a damn good team, but at the end of the day, I still see this team struggling to score. IF Rose can come back and play at his all-star level, he’s still going to have to manufacture the lion’s share of their points. Until they can get another star to create offense, I think this team’s ceiling is ECF.

  4. itsthemelman82 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Foye would be a nice pick up but, Malcolm Thomas definitely needs to be in camp after his great play in summer league ( I know it’s just summer league), he sort of reminded me of a slighty smaller Taj Gibson. Kirk, Marco & possibly Foye… In addition to Jimmy Butler & Taj… The Bulls might have a pretty decent bench again.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      Yes! I saw him in action this weekend and I came away impressed. He was aggressive and had a nose for the ball. He was grabbing rebounds like crazy.

  5. marc127 - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t the Bulls just going to be in the same boat next year with all these one year deals? So two years in a row with a make shift roster. Sigh, I hope the Blackhawks have a good season.

  6. lumas101 - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    The Bulls lost CJ Watson and presumably John Lucas III at the point. They are replaced by Hinrich, Teague and likely another guard to sign for the minimum. Teague has a long way to go based on summer league, but this is not a huge step down from last year.

    The Bulls lost Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer at the two/three spot. They added Belinelli, Hinrich once Rose is back healthy, and more minutes for Jimmy Butler, who might wind up being the best player of this whole list. This feels like a push to me.

    The Bulls will lose Omer Asik at center, but added Radmonovic and will soon add Nazr Mohammed to their bigs rotation. The combination of the two is a clear step down defensively but a clear step up offensively. I also believe Taj Gibson can play effectively with Joakim Noah AND Carlos Boozer, so the loss of Asik will likely just lead to more minutes for the other three. I call this a push as well.

    What’s funny to me is that everyone forgets there were several analysts picking the Bulls to make the Finals before Rose went down. Even those who didn’t expect the Bulls to beat the Heat thought they were second-best in the East. The Bulls lost Rose and went on to have a double-digit lead in Game 3 against Philly before losing Noah for the rest of the series in that game. They also saw injuries to Gibson and Boozer, though those two were able to play through it. With all that, they were still in a position to win Game 6 (and by the way, it seems only yesterday that Omer and CJ had cost the Bulls the series. Now it’s a great loss if those two go play elsewhere?) and who knows what would have happened in Game 7? Philly went on to take Boston to seven games, who in turn took the Heat to seven games.

    I don’t see the Bulls winning a title in the next two years, but “holding their ground” as this article puts it means remaining one of the best few teams in the East, before hopefully reloading in two years as a team that can really compete for the title.

  7. fanz928 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Chicago isn’t getting a star through free agents maybe in a sign and trade maybe thinking about kevin love in 3 yrs?

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