Bulls move on to next FA target

Bulls move on to next FA target

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 00:01
The latest NBA free agent attached to the Bulls is Minnesota's Anthony Tolliver. He warrants his own blog entry because most fans know so little about him. He's a 6-8 forward from Creighton -- missing by one year the chance to be a teammate of Kyle Korver. He attended the same high school -- Kickapoo in Springfield, Mo. -- as actor Brad Pitt. Tolliver wasn't drafted, but played for San Antonio, Golden State and Portland in between stints inthe D-league, Germany and Turkey. He found a more permanent home with Minnesota the past two years. The one time he played significant minutes was the 2009-10 season with the Warriors, when he averaged a respectable 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game. He shot .431 from the field and isn't much of a 3-point threat (.320 career). Tolliver actually played 36 minutes against the Bulls last season in Minnesota and scored 6 points on 1-of-5 shooting. He averaged 4.1 points overall last year. UPDATE: Thanks to an astute reader who correctly recalled that Tolliver helped launch Derrick Rose's injury woes. He rolled into Rose's knee while chasing a loose ball in the first half of that Jan. 10 game. Rose returned to finish the game, but missed five of the next seven contests. The Bulls are trying to find a trading partner for Korver, which could create a trade exception they could use to acquire another player (via trade only). The Bulls could also turn the Kirk Hinrich addition into a sign-and-trade with Atlanta. If that happens, the Bulls could theoretically spend the taxpayer midlevel exception of $3 million on somone else. So the Bulls options are still limited, but plenty of free agents still available, especially at the wing positions. O.J. Mayo, Courtney Lee, Mickael Pietrus, Michael Redd, C.J. Miles, Jodie Meeks, Leandro Barbosa, Marco Belinelli, Carlos Delfino and Tracy McGrady are just a few unsigned players, not to mention Ronnie Brewer, who didn't rule out re-signing with the Bulls.
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