Bulls waive Tornike Shengelia, sign Greg Smith

Bulls waive Tornike Shengelia, sign Greg Smith
April 14, 2014, 1:15 pm
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In one of a series of late-season roster maneuvers, the Bulls announced Monday that they waived forward Tornike Shengelia and signed big man Greg Smith for the remainder of the season.

Shengelia appeared in only nine games after being acquired from Brooklyn in January's trade of Marquis Teague, the former Bulls' first-round pick.

Before being waived by Houston last week, Smith only played in 11 games this season, due to both knee issues and the team's depth, but last season, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound 23-year-old played in 70 games for the Rockets as the primary backup to ex-Bull Omer Asik.

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The former one-and-done Fresno State product, who toiled professionally in Mexico and the D-League before his NBA debut at the tail end of the 2011-12 campaign, averaged nearly 16 minutes per game in those contests, with averages of six points on 62 percent shooting from the field and 4.6 rebounds.

While his signing, like the acquisitions of veterans Ronnie Brewer, Mike James and Lou Amundson last week, will have absolutely no bearing on the playoffs, it's worth noting that Smith is a young, strong and athletic big man with some upside, known for his powerful finishing ability, physical nature and rebounding prowess, meaning it wouldn't be a complete shock if the Bulls had interest in him for the future, if not offseason trade filler.