D.J. Augustin, a point guard waived Monday by Toronto in the aftermath of Sunday’s Raptors-Kings trade involving Rudy Gay, is likely to sign with the Bulls if he clears waivers Wednesday afternoon, CSNChicago.com has learned.
The news was first reported earlier Tuesday by Yahoo! Sports and confirmed to CSNChicago.com by multiple people with knowledge of the situation.
A sixth-year floor general in his sixth NBA season, the 6-foot Augustin owns career averages of 9.4 points and 3.9 assists per game. Signed as a free agent in the offseason by Toronto—the New Orleans native and University of Texas product inked a one-year, $1.2-million deal—his playing time with the Raptors was reduced prior to the team trading Gay and after the deal, the team was forced to release one player to make room for their four new acquisitions from Sacramento.
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Known as a solid outside shooter, the 36.8 percent career 3-point shooter was drafted by Charlotte in 2008 and eventually started for the Bobcats before moving on to Indiana last season, where he was the Pacers’ backup point guard behind George Hill.
If and when Augustin officially agrees to terms with the Bulls and joins the team—according to a league source, he should arrive in Chicago while the team is traveling to New York for Wednesday night’s game against the Knicks—the organization could opt to either release veteran point guard Mike James, who is recovering from a sprained right MCL and has a non-guaranteed contract, or send second-year point guard Marquis Teague to the D-League, an assignment they made and quickly recalled last week after James' injury.