According to multiple sources the Chicago Bulls have decided to commence a supporting cast makeover on the roster by not guaranteeing the contracts of both C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer. Watson was due $3.2 million next season, whereas Brewer was set to collect $4.37 million for 2012-2013.
The writing has been written on the walls for quite sometime for C.J. Watson. Ever since the injury to Derrick Rose there's been talk about ridding of Watson to make a run for a starting point guard. Well, in June, the Bulls drafted NCAA National Champion Marquis Teague from the University of Kentucky to run the point. Later on (two days ago) Kirk Hinrich decided to throw a Bulls uni on again and sign a two-year $6 million dollar deal. Obviously by that point ... C.J. knew it was happening.
In Brewer's case, it's not too similar to Watson's. To my knowledge, the idea of Ronnie being booted wasn't really prominent until the beginnings of free agency hit. (Things for the Bulls kind of went into surreal mode when Omer Asik got a ridiculous backloaded contract from the Houston Rockets.) When you skim through the Bulls' depth chart there's someone buried at the bottom that will rise in Brewer's absence. That someone is most definitely Jimmy Butler, Chicago's first-round pick in 2011. Butler, a better scorer than Brewer, is of similar size to Ronnie and plays the same position.
With the recent moves, Butler will be expected to back-up Rip Hamilton at the 2 next year with Hinrich starting at the 1 -- in Derrick Rose's absence, of course -- or backing Marquis Teague to fulfill a mentoring role and consistency in the fairly new second unit.
The opportunities for Butler, Teague and other players the Bulls could possibly end up targeting in free agency will depend on whether or not they re-sign John Lucas III (unlikely) and if they guarantee Kyle Korver's contract -- and that decision will be made by Sunday. The dismissal of both guys mean more minutes for the new guys. Oh yeah ... it means another thing ... we need more guys!
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