With Derrick Rose appearing to be fully recovered after back spasms caused him to miss five straight games, C.J. Watson completing league guidelines to return after suffering a mild concussion last Saturday and John Lucas III the third point guard on the depth chart, its questionable if veteran guard Mike James will sign another 10-day contract with the Bulls.
James, 36, is in his second stint with Chicago and has averaged 10.3 points, 4.3 assists in 17.6 minutes of action after being re-signed on Feb. 14.
His professionalism and hard work -- arriving to games and practices early to get shots up and learn all the teams sets -- has been something that has impressed all of his teammates.
We told him when he came back, we were all happy to see him back, said Luol Deng. This is a guy thats been going in early, getting to know the plays, working out and when hes not out there working, hes getting into the gym early. For the whole team, seeing something like that is great. It keeps you focused on what our goal is.
The Bulls have had their sights on adding another big man to the roster since losing veteran Kurt Thomas during the offseason to the Portland Trail Blazers.
While James is unlikely to have his contract guaranteed, a second 10-day contract may not be out of the question as Rose, Watson and Lucas have all had bouts with injuries this season.