A few weeks ago, it was reported that the Houston Rockets offered the Chicago Bulls' center Omer Asik a three-year deal worth $25 million. At the time the news broke, the organization decided it was in their best interest not to speak on the subject until they actually saw the offer sheet. While Asik is expected to sign the offer sheet this week, the Bulls continue to look for different ways to fill out their roster. According to multiple reports, the team has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with forward Vladimir Radmanovic, who averaged 4.5 points and three rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks last season. If this news is accurate, it would appear the team is preparing for life after Asik, which isn't necessarily a bad thing from a salary cap standpoint.
Radmanovic has averaged eight points and four rebounds during his 11-year NBA career and he gives the Bulls a big man who is capable of scoring away from the basket. However, they will lose something defensively as Radmanovic is not a gifted defensive player by any means. This doesn't sound too appealing unless you like the idea of having two big men on the roster who will struggle on the defensive end of the floor.
Another news bit on the Bulls' front is that John Lucas III is expected to sign with the Toronto Raptors in the near future. Lucas wasn't exactly my favorite player off the bench and I often questioned his shot selection more times than not. On the flip side of the coin, he was a capable scorer and he was fearless for a guy who was often the smallest player on the floor.
As a fan, I can honestly say we are in worse shape now than we were when the season ended in May. If you are overly optimistic, all hope may not be lost. According to CSN Chicago, there are still a few players the Bulls are interested in pursuing to fill the backup shooting-guard spot, including Marco Bellinelli, Willie Green, Randy Foye and Delonte West. The question is will any of these options enable the team to remain in playoff contention until Derrick Rose and Luol Deng are both healthy? Probably not. Being that the organization is trying to avoid going into the luxury tax, I think it's safe to say once again that the Bulls will be a .500 club at best in 2012-2013.
James Tillman III is a resident of the Chicago-land area, who follows all of the teams in the local area. James is also a Featured Sports Contributor for Yahoo! Network and a Sports Journalist for Sports Rantz Magazine. Follow him on Twitter@jtillman9693
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