While not exactly an earth shattering move, the Chicago Bulls verbally agreed to a one year deal with big man Nazr Mohammed today, ensuring the back end of their bench will be solidified.
Per Aggrey Sam:
League source indicates Nazr Mohammed has reached verbal agreement to return to the Bulls. 1-year, vet minimum deal.
Mohammed’s role with the Bulls isn’t expected to change as he’ll remain the 10-15 minute per game presence that he was last year, although, his numbers did get a boost as he started a handful of games for the injured Joakim Noah.
A fifteen year NBA veteran, Nazr has essentially been nothing but a backup big man for his entire career, only averaging 16 minutes a game. Yet, he’s found staying power in the league thanks to some hard nosed defense, not one time in his fifteen seasons has he ever had a negative defensive win share – not something many players can say. During his peak in 2005, Mohammed, who split time between the San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks had an impressive 4.6 win share, an elite number for any bench player, let alone a center.