The Chicago Bulls have benefited greatly from the play of point guard D.J. Augustin after picking him up off of waivers earlier this season. While he’s not a replacement for Derrick Rose, the shoes of Chicago’s chosen one have been filled nicely by Augustin and the feeling of love he’s been getting from fans and coaches apparently has Augustin ready to return to the Bulls next season.
While he’s due a fat contract in the offseason, Augustin told CBS Chicago that he’d love to return to the Bulls next season and wants to play for Tom Thibodeau again.
“I would love to be back here,” Augustin reiterated. “This organization, this team is great, and I think it’s great for me. (Thibodeau) has given me the opportunity to play and get better. It’s been great for me.”
This is good news for Bulls fans but bad news for the front office, who likely won’t be spending the money Augustin will command in free agency this summer. While he’s worth a certain amount, the Bulls front office has been stingy at best when it comes to re-signing talent and that doesn’t bode well for Augustin.
He’s willing to come back though which may translate in the minds of Gar Forman and John Paxson that a discount could be possible.