The Bulls announced Monday that they waived 38-year-old veteran point guard Mike James.
While it wasn’t a completely unexpected move, the fact that Kirk Hinrich isn’t back in the lineup from a back injury just yet — the starting floor general will miss Monday night’s game against the Magic at the United Center — means that the Bulls are down to only two point guards at the moment.
“Mike’s done a great job throughout his career. He’s done a great job for us. We certainly appreciate all that he’s done for our team,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau explained. “We just wanted to keep some flexibility as we move forward. But Mike’s a terrific player. He’s a great guy. He did a great job for us.”
Thibodeau insisted that the move wasn’t solely related to allowing second-year point guard Marquis Teague, who started last game, and new acquisition D.J. Augustin more room to develop.
“Yeah, that’s part of it,” the coach said. “But the big thing is we’ll hopefully have Kirk back soon, so we’ll just go from there.”