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Report: Bulls may try to sign Devin Harris away from Dallas

May 19, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

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If the Chicago Bulls learned one thing last season, it’s that they should have some depth behind Derrick Rose.

Two seasons ago they knew they would be without Rose for much of the season if not all of it, so they got Nate Robinson, Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli to give them some depth at the guard spot. This past season Bulls management thought they would have Rose so they were not as deep at the point, that became an issue when Rose went down again and D.J. Augustin became the man.

The Bulls expect a full season of Rose next go around, but they want to make sure there is depth this time around, reports Aggrey Sam at

That said, after two season-ending injuries in the last three years, the organization understands that they have to brace themselves for the possibility of unexpected misfortune or even just lightening Rose’s burden. Whether that means the return of Augustin, bringing back veteran Kirk Hinrich, acquiring another backup in free agency—Mavericks point guard Devin Harris has been connected to the Bulls, according to a league source—or trying to surround Rose with talent that fits his game, the front office has options.

Harris is the kind of guy the Bulls should be looking at — a slashing combo guard who can get to the rim and give you solid minutes (although his defensive tendencies may drive Tom Thibodeau crazy). Harris struggled at the start of last season coming off a toe injury but by the playoffs was a key part of the rotation for the Mavericks and looking the role of a solid veteran reserve.

Harris has said he wants a longer-term deal and he is just 31, something for three years (with a team option on the last season?) seems reasonable here. The Mavericks have hinted they want him back but the Bulls and other teams may be in the mix, also.

  1. calkinsrob - May 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    If they need depth behind Rose, why not just keep DJ. I hate devin harris. I hope they dont get him.

    • daddyghi - May 20, 2014 at 6:14 AM

      yep.. only the mavs have the mechanics to fix this guy’s broken crankshaft…

  2. moseskkim - May 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    devin harris has shown he has a lot of appealing qualities. that being said, i dont think its a reach to say hes more injury prone than DRose. hes had bad injures and other nagging ones for his whole career whereas DRose injuries have been relatively recent. harris is a good player but shouldnt pay him too much, too long because he hasnt proven he can stay healthy

  3. readysethike - May 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Bulls ought to keep DJ and draft a PG

  4. sportsfan18 - May 19, 2014 at 4:38 PM


    Come on Bulls… that’s going backwards…

    Long time Bulls fan here, since the mid 70’s (because I’m old).

    He’s been around long enough to know who he is… been in the league 10 seasons now and three whole times he’s appeared in 70 or more games… and one of those seasons it was a whopping 71 games.

    10/11 PER 17.2
    11/12 PER 16.0
    12/13 PER 14.6
    13/14 PER 14.6

    His PER had been ABOVE 15 (the league average for 7 consecutive seasons before these last two year… only his rookie season was below a PER of 15 until these past two seasons.

    10 yrs, 30% chance he’ll play 70 games, PER now below league average for last two seasons, he’s now on the wrong side of 30…

    No, he is NOT terrible, but I don’t think he’ll reach his career averages let alone have a really good season anymore… and the Bulls are still close and trying to reach the mountain top…

    Harris is not a player to add to the team to help push them to the summit, but one they’ll have to carry along to the summit…

  5. onenineninee - May 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    DJ Augustin went beastmode this year. Why would Thibs want to send him to a new team?

    • 00maltliquor - May 20, 2014 at 5:47 AM

      Because the Bulls let key players walk EVERY year.

  6. campcouch - May 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Why wouldn’t he stay in Dallas? Tax free and currently more palatable than Chicago’s team.

  7. elcaminobilly - May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    This would not make the Bulls better. Not sure why they don’t want to keep DJ Augustin? In my opinion they should keep Augustin and draft a Point Guard…maybe someone under the radar or considered somewhat of a project so they could develop him as they see fit.

  8. csbanter - May 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    DJ Augustin played well last year, so the Bulls are going to let him go ala Nate Robinson. Oh well .

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