Thibodeau says Bulls open to adding buyout candidates

Thibodeau says Bulls open to adding buyout candidates
February 26, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

The trade deadline has passed, and the Bulls were quiet, opting to keep their group in tact after dealing Luol Deng a month earlier. But that doesn't mean there won't be any more new faces on the roster as they prepare for a playoff run.

Tom Thibodeau spoke Wednesday prior to the Bulls' game against the Golden State Warriors about the possibility of bringing in a buyout free agent. In order for a player to be eligible for postseason play, he must have been bought out by the March 1 deadline. There is no deadline by which he must be signed to his new team, and for the Bulls that could mean added depth and additional outside shooting.

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"I guess it depends on who it is. Usually the guys right now, you’re looking at more veterans that have been around and have been through different systems," he said. "And I think some of those guys pick things up pretty quickly. And you can move them along, too, with how much you put in with them. So when they play, maybe have a smaller package to work with."

Danny Granger has already been bought out by the Sixers after being dealt for Evan Turner at the trade deadline. Other candidates include Glen Davis, Caron Butler, Antwan Jamison, Jimmer Fredette and Ben Gordon, among others.

"If something does make sense, you may take a shot at somebody. But this is the time of the year where everyone’s doing that," Thibodeau said. "I know Gar and John are looking at the market, watching how it shapes up and again, if something is a good fit for us and we think it helps, then we may take a shot at it."