Bulls bring back Mohammed with one-year deal

Bulls bring back Mohammed with one-year deal
July 2, 2013, 11:15 am
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Chicago native Nazr Mohammed will play at least another season in his hometown.

The 15-year NBA veteran, a graduate of Kenwood Academy in Hyde Park, Tweeted Tuesday morning that he will return to the Bulls next season, calling it "an easy decision."

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The widely-expected move won't be official until July 10, but according to a league source, the backup center and the Bulls verbally agreed to a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum.

Mohammed, who Bulls general manager Gar Forman praised at a Monday press conference at the Berto Center, provided the Bulls with a strong locker-room presence and through hard work, earned a valuable spot in Tom Thibodeau's rotation in the second half of last season after a slow start to his debut campaign in Chicago.

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With Mohammed's return, Monday's addition of veteran swingman Mike Dunleavy Jr. and draft picks Tony Snell and Erik Murphy, the Bulls can be expected to bring in one more free agent, likely another minimum-salary big man, to open next season with a league-mandated minimum of 13 players on the roster.