According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bulls have expressed interest in guard Toney Douglas, per league sources. Douglas, 28, last played for the Miami Heat after being brought to Miami by way of a three team trade involving the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics mid-January last season. The Heat renounced Douglas’ free agent rights July 14.
Douglas signed a one-year, $1.6 million dollar contract last summer as a free agent with Golden State, but would only figure into a veteran’s minimum contract with Chicago.
At 6-foot-2, Douglas has played both point guard and shooting guard during his five-year career having played with five different teams. His best season came in the 2010-11 season with the New York Knicks where Douglas averaged 10.6 points playing in 81 games coming off the bench for New York, he also averaged 1.8 three-pointers and an impressive 1.1 steals.
Following his career-best season, Douglas’ shooting took an alarming dip in 2011-12, and injuries allowed Douglas to play only 38 games that season. Since, Douglas has struggled to regain any consistency in his play and his playing time has diminished with every team he’s been with since New York.
The Bulls front office inquiring about another guard with the ability to play both on-and-off the ball isn’t very surprising given the breakdown of their roster. Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, and the recently signed Aaron Brooks are the only true guards on the roster.
Ball-handling duties or running an offense with a “true” point guard may not be the necessity it once was in the NBA, but the Bulls seem to favor adding another guard as opposed to exploring the wing and center positions where more bang-for-your-buck potential lies.
In regards to Douglas, if he is indeed a player the Bulls do plan on signing, his production will likely not rival what Brooks is going to be expected and capable of providing as a backup to Rose. When given the green light, Douglas is not shy to pull the trigger with some effectiveness, but he hasn’t been able to adjust to his aggressive style of play to a lessened role like Brooks has.
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