One of the Bulls’ potential targets found a different employer.
Reports surfaced late Thursday night that former Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with Minnesota.
Roy retired last year because of knee problems, but is ready to attempt a comeback. Whether he can return to all-star form is anyone’s guess.
The Bulls were in a tough spot when it comes to matching offers. All they have to spend on free agents is the $3 million, taxpayer mid-level exception, and they can sign players to minimum salary deals. Since Roy was released by Portland, he has no current team that could negotiate a sign-and-trade.
Even if Roy was willing to take the Bulls’ mid-level, it would be quite a gamble to make him their primary addition this summer, since there’s no telling how his knees will hold up.
The Bulls’ best hope might be that Rockets free agent Courtney Lee accepts a contract starting at $3 million. He could share the shooting guard spot with Richard Hamilton and perhaps hold it in the future.
The other priority is a point guard who can fill in while Derrick Rose recovers from knee surgery. Former Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich is a target, while it’s still possible C.J. Watson could return next season.