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Report: D.J. Augustin reaches deal with Chicago Bulls

Dec 11, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

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We told you this was coming and now a real has been reached: D.J. Augustin is about to be a Chicago Bulls.

Augustin cleared waivers on Wednesday and has reached a deal as a free agent with Chicago, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Augustin needs to pass a physical with the Bulls on Thursday. He was waived by the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

The Bulls need some depth in the backcourt — Derrick Rose is out for the season, Jimmy Butler is still injured, Mike James is out (not to mention Luol Deng and Joakim Noah). Which means on Tuesday night the Bulls Kirk Hinrich, started rookie Tony Snell at the guard spot. And Marquis Teague got time off the bench.

In that situation, Augustin is an improvement. He can provide depth.

He’s not a game changer for the struggling Bulls, however. He was part of the Pacers rotation last season but they let him walk. Augustin signed as a free agent in Toronto but struggled to get minutes (he has played in just 10 games this season). When the Raptors landed Greivis Vasquez in the Rudy Gay trade Augustin was no longer needed and was waived.

Ideally Augustin is really a three-point specialist (although he shot just 1-of-11 from three in Toronto this year). He’s fairly quick with the ball but he struggles to finish in the paint and has struggled from the midrange. His defense will have Tom Thibodeau pulling out what is left of his hair.

This is not a long-term answer, but it’s better than what they got.

  1. iowahbr - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Tonight without Rose and Deng the Bulls are making the Knicks look good and that ain’t easy. Thibs can write this season off to draft position placement or maybe try and get Nate back.

    • stayhigh_247 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Nate aint coming back. Gar Forman screwed that up. Nate and Belineli would have kept this team competitive, now it’s bad and only getting worse.

  2. jhuck92 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    “His defense will have Tom Thibodeau pulling out what is left of his hair.” HAHA

    It makes up for the lack of proofreading.

  3. stayhigh_247 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    The Bulls like to draft high character guys and I get that, but sometimes you need to get the best athlete available. Teague is a nice kid but he lacks that killer instinct, its like watching a dear in the headlights. At least if you draft an athlete that turns out to be an idiot, you can still move him because most sGM’s look for athletic ability and worry about the rest later. But with Teague, nobody is going to want him alone, so he has to be packaged with someone else to move him. Not his fault, he is who he is, its bad management.

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