Chicago, IL - According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Chicago Bulls are currently the front-runners to sign free agent point guard D.J. Augustin. Augustin was released by the Toronto Raptors just a few days ago after struggling there, but the Bulls are in need of a more veteran backup point guard with the injury to Derrick Rose and Marquis Teague’s struggles.
In 10 games with the Raptors this season, Augustin averaged 2.1 points and 1.0 assists per game. Those numbers certainly aren’t good, but anything is worth a try right now for the Bulls who desperately need depth at the point guard position. Augustin would at least add a veteran player behind starting point guard Kirk Hinrich which would be an upgrade over Teague, but it’s not something to necessarily get excited about.
There are no other teams that have been reported to have interest in Augustin at this time. The Bulls appear to be the only team that are seriously considering signing Augustin. Don’t be surprised to see the two sides agree to something within the next week or so.
Overall, this isn’t a move that you can expect will help the Bulls make a postseason run. Augustin has had a terrible run the past couple of teams that he has played with and it’s a long-shot to think that he’s going to magically turn things around in Chicago. This move is all about bringing in more depth at a position of need for the Bulls. He’ll likely only receive 15 minutes per game if the two sides do indeed agree on a deal.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.