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.

Report: Derrick Rose leaning toward Cavaliers over Lakers

Report: Derrick Rose leaning toward Cavaliers over Lakers

The latest Derrick Rose report says the 28-year-old guard will end up teaming up with LeBron James.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose is leaning toward signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Los Angeles Lakers. Discussions have been for a one-year, $2.1 million deal.

The free agent guard is meeting with Cavs officials in Ohio on Monday, according to Woj.

Rose's decision to sign with the Cavs makes more sense than the Lakers, especially after last week's report that Kyrie Irving requested a trade out of Cleveland. A minimum deal for Rose would also be a steal for the Cavs, who are seeking some solid production at a low cost.

In 64 games last season with the New York Knicks, Rose averaged 18 points, his best since the 2011-12 season with the Bulls.

Go behind the scenes with Kendall Gill at The Big 3 in Chicago

Go behind the scenes with Kendall Gill at The Big 3 in Chicago

CSN Chicago's Bulls analyst Kendill Gill played in The Big 3 in Chicago's UIC Pavilion on Sunday and gave CSN some inside access.

Gill was mic'd up in warm-ups and talked to CSN's Mark Schanowski after the game. Gill's Team Power picked up another win to improve to 3-1.

Watch the video above to see the behind the scenes footage and the interview with Schanowski.