Could McGrady fill out Bulls' roster?

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Could McGrady fill out Bulls' roster?

Following the official addition of Nate Robinson yesterday, the Bulls roster now sits at 13 players. Their free agency pickings may not be over, as the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reported yesterday the Bulls may sign veteran free agent Tracy McGrady.

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K.C Johnson After Nate Robinson signing, Bulls are either done or might add Tracy McGrady.
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McGrady, 33, averaged 5.3 points in 16.1 minutes per game for the Atlanta Hawks last season, both of which were the lowest totals of his memorable 15-year career.
Various surgeries on his ankle, shoulder and knee, includingmicro-fractureknee surgery in 2009, have limited McGrady over the last four seasons. The two-time scoring champ and seven-time All-Star has missed 123 of a possible 312 games since the 2008-09 season, and at this point is a role player, at best.
Still, McGrady could be an important addition for the Bulls. With a rebuilding bench and the possibility that Luol Deng misses time with his ailing wrist, McGrady could provide valuable experience and veteran leadership on the wing.
It's a low risk, low reward option for the Bulls, but would make sense to fill the roster with a proven veteran. Even McGrady's contributions as a teacher to fellow wing Jimmy Butler, who is expected to take on a larger role in 2012, could be worth the contract alone.
It's worth noting that Johnson said the Bulls would be "done" if they do not sign McGrady, meaning Malcolm Thomas, who averaged 11.4 points and a Summer League-high 12.4 rebounds in Las Vegas, must be attracting a larger salary from a different team that the Bulls cannot match.

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Don't expect to see Michael Carter-Williams in the fold for the Bulls guard spots next season.

The organization is reportedly declining the qualifying option for the young guard, according to John Paxson on David Kaplan's radio show:

Carter-Williams, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Bucks last October in a move that sent Tony Snell to Milwaukee. Snell — the Bulls' first round pick (20th overall) in 2013 — turned in a career year with the Bucks, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while making 80 starts.

Meanwhile, Carter-Williams appeared in only 45 games (19 starts) for the Bulls, suffering through the worst season of his professional career. He was drafted 11th overall in the same year the Bulls took Snell and Carter-Williams burst onto the scene with 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Carter-Williams was then traded to the Bucks in February 2015. He shot only 36.6 percent from the field in 2016-17 while averaging 18.8 minutes per game.

The Bulls are stacked at guard with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo currently under contract plus 2016 first-round pick Denzel Valentine, Jerian Grant (acquired in the Derrick Rose trade), Cameron Payne (acquired in the Taj Gibson deal), Isaiah Canaan and then Kris Dunn and Zack LaVine (who were both acquired in the Jimmy Butler blockbuster last week).

Ways to watch, stream Bulls introductory press conference for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen

Ways to watch, stream Bulls introductory press conference for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen

The Chicago Bulls will introduce Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen today, and you can watch on CSN or live stream at CSNChicago.com/watchlive.

Tune in as coverage starts at 11 a.m. with players set to take the podium. 

The trio was acquired in the Bulls' trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. LaVine is rehabbing from a torn ACL, which cut his strong campaign short last season. Dunn is coming into his second season and was a player Gar/Pax thought highly of in last year's draft. Markkanen is a stretch-four that was drafted out of Arizona with the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Read more about the new Bulls in Mark Strotman's scouting report.