Countdown to Bulls' camp
We’re roughly two weeks out before Bulls training camp begins. Media day at the Berto Center will be Friday, Sept. 27, slightly earlier than usual because of the Brazil trip.
Several names have popped up as potential camp participants. The Bulls have 12 players under contract and must keep at least 13, so they’ll let some people battle for a job during preseason.
--Dexter Pittman is a 6-foot-11, 285-pound center who has appeared in 48 games for Miami and Memphis during the past three seasons. Tough to tell what he brings to the table since he’s played so little. Late in the 2011-12 season, Pittman played 26 minutes for the Heat against Boston and produced 12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 fouls and 5 turnovers.
--Mike James, now 38 years old, played for the Bulls two years ago and started 23 games for Dallas last season. Will the Bulls keep an extra point guard, with Marquis Teague presumably getting a larger role and Kirk Hinrich also available? It’s a long shot, but coach Tom Thibodeau seems to trust James.
--Mark Deeks of shamsports.com reported Thursday the Bulls have agreements with Patrick Christopher, a 6-5 guard who left California in 2010; and former Michigan State point guard Kalin Lucas.
Christopher played for Besitkas Istanbul last season and averaged 8.4 points. He was never a great 3-point shooter in college.
Lucas averaged 17.0 points and 3.4 assists for MSU as a senior in 2010-11, and won Big Ten player of the year as a sophomore. He played for Olympiakos in Greece for a season, then Banvit in the Turkish League last year.
This is not an official list. There will probably be more players in camp and some could change their minds.
The preseason opener at Indiana on Oct. 5 will be bigger news than usual, since it should mark the return to NBA basketball of Derrick Rose, who has been out for roughly 18 months with a torn ACL.