Feb 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Greg Oden (20) is guarded by Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) and shooting guard Tony Snell (20) in the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls eyeing Greg Oden, Jason Collins to backup Joakim Noah


The NBA offseason has reached Chicago as the Bulls were bounced in the first round by the Washington Wizards and are now looking at ways they can improve their roster. Specifically, injuries seemed to cause issues this season and that will have the Bulls looking at backups to make the lives of their starters a little easier.

According to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times, two options that the Chicago Bulls could look at when it comes to backing up Joakim Noah in 2014-15 are Greg Oden and Jason Collins.

Both players are intriguing options but neither will set Bulls fans on fire as Oden is broken and Collins is an aged veteran who will play minimal rotational minutes. Both can expect to be what Nazr Mohammed was in the Tom Thibodeau system but anytime the Bulls can grab someone remotely talented o the defensive side of the ball who has height, that makes Thibodeau a happy camper.

Assuming the Bulls are looking at Collins and Oden though, it’s clear that the Bulls are bargain shopping again this offseason and are pinching pennies on the bench. Still, if they land Carmelo Anthony or manage to trade for Kevin Love, the Bulls bench will be more about depth than it has been in the past and adding either Collins or Oden wouldn’t be the worst decision the Bulls front office made in regards to changes on the bench roster.

 

Tags: Chicago Bulls Greg Oden Jason Collins Joakim Noah

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Hopefully this is a rumor and stays as such!

  • Leroy Boyd

    I wonder where these rumors get started the Bulls already have Greg Smith what will they need with either Oden or Collins? I am wondering if Joe Cowley even knows who Smith is and even if he is on the Bulls team.

  • Mel

    Now why would the Bulls even consider adding Oden—a center who never plays—to back up Noah? The answer is, they wouldn’t. This is nonsense.