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Bulls bringing back familiar face for backcourt depth

Bulls bringing back familiar face for backcourt depth

It seemed like a curious move when the Bulls threw in Justin Holiday as a condition of the Derrick Rose trade last June, Holiday being a solid, low-maintenance wing who could shoot.

The Bulls must've thought it was curious too, considering they're bringing Holiday back on a two-year deal worth $9 million, sources tell CSNChicago.com. Holiday averaged 7.7 points for the Knicks last year, playing all 82 games as he shifted between shooting guard and small forward.

Holiday was originally acquired in a trade involving Kirk Hinrich at the 2015-16 trade deadline, playing 27 games for the Bulls and shooting 43 percent from 3-point range in the small sample size.

Holiday, 28, is the older brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, but hasn't found a team to stick with the way his younger brother has. But the Bulls like him because of his versatility and their need for performers on the wing after trading Jimmy Butler and with Zach LaVine's debut being in the air with his recovery from ACL surgery.

On a short deal, Holiday presumably fits some of the things the Bulls are looking for as they head into what should be a rough rebuilding year, as he won't cause a lot of noise and his professionalism will be valued in a young locker room.

How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

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How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.

Well, sort of.

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.

Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.

Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.

As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.

The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.

After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.

The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls the worst team in NBA?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls the worst team in NBA?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Shepkowski (670 The Score) and Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel. Jake Arrieta will return to the rotation to face the Brewers. Can he recapture his pre-injury form? Mike Glennon gets another start Sunday but should he get the hook if he struggles again?

Plus, the guys discuss the one metric that says the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA.