If you're a backup point guard looking to score a fat contract in free agency the Bulls are your stepping stone.
Nate Robinson parlayed a huge second half and stellar postseason run with Chicago in 2013 into a multi-year deal with the Denver Nuggets last offseason.
This season D.J. Augustin is the new Robinson. But the current Bulls floor general isn't looking to bolt Chicago anytime soon.
“I would love to be back here,” Augustin told CBS Chicago. “This organization, this team is great, and I think it’s great for me. [Tom Thibodeau] has given me the opportunity to play and get better. It’s been great for me."
In what appeared to be a minor move to add a point guard to the roster when Derrick Rose went down with another season-ending knee injury, the Bulls signed Augustin in December after he was released by the Toronto Raptors. The 26-year-old Augustin saw his playing time increase each game after inconsistent play by Marquis Teague -- who was ultimately jettisoned to the Brooklyn Nets in January -- and nagging injuries to Kirk Hinrich.
In 54 games with the Bulls, Augustin is averaging 14.3 points, including shooting 41 percent from behind the arc and has registered 5.1 assists per game.
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It's safe to assume that the former Texas Longhorns star will see a substantial increase in his $650,215 salary with the Bulls this season. A breakout campaign will do that, but Augustin is only focused on one thing as the Bulls get ready for their sixth straight postseason.
“I’m not really focused on it. I’m just trying to play every game. When it comes to that kind of stuff, you never know what’s going to happen. It can all change anyway. I’m not really concerned.”