Mar 27, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry (7) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 108-105. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls rumors: Bulls after Xavier Henry?


The Chicago Bulls have had a very busy offseason.

Although they had their sites set on New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony and perhaps Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, the Bulls wound up netting themselves an excellent player in Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol, signing him to a three-year, $22 million deal. They have also struck a deal to bring Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotić over on a three-year, $17 million deal. They re-signed point guard Kirk Hinrich and used the amnesty clause to waive power forward Carlos Boozer.

The Bulls probably aren’t done – they could still use another wing and possibly another point guard.

Nate Duncan offers up Los Angeles Lakers’ free agent swingman Xavier Henry and point guard Bo McCalebb as options for the Bulls

With the minimum salary. Xavier Henry would be a good option if he’d sign for that little. He’s still only 22 and showed some nice athleticism and shooting last year. But even he may be too pricey.

Another option I’d recommend for them would be BoMcCalebb, a point guard who played in Turkey last year and is a naturalized Macedonian (though he’s American). He’s a little older, but has been great in Europe the last couple years until this one. Certainly worth a flier if he wants a chance at the NBA. I think backup PG is the bigger issue, with Hinrich and Rose both injury risks.

Henry has expressed his desire to return to the Lakers.

Henry played in 43 games for the Lakers last season. He averaged 10.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 41.7% from the field, 34.6% from beyond the arc and 65.5% from the free throw line.

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  • Jay Em

    They should have just kept DJ Augustine, but no, they signed Heinrich. What is the matter with this front office as DJ said he would play for minimum.

    • Colin Mieczkowski

      I love D.J. but Kirk is much more versatile and can play the 1 and the 2. He can also drill threes and he’s a great defender.

    • John Cornelius Cohen

      Every year the Bulls sign a pg that no one wants. He has a great year, signs for a bigger contract somewhere else, never to be heard from again and then the fans cry about the front office not knowing what they are doing. Shut up already! C.J Watson, John Lucas III, Nate Robinson, DJ Augustin. Someone else will be up next and then next year the same dumb fans will be whinging when the Bulls don’t re-sign him. Obviously they know more than you do. Just sit back and let them work.

      • Jay Em

        John, tone down the internet balls please.

        • Brandon Norris

          Well he is correct the only reason why DJ played well last season is because of the bulls systen. He will be crap again for the pistons watch. They signed kirk because of the chemistry and versatility, DJ played well as a bull but the guys who get paid to do this felt he was more important.

        • John Cornelius Cohen

          Sorry Bro, no disrespect intended. A little bit too much passion today!

          • Jay Em

            We are friends again!

      • Binoy Thomas

        John, you are absolutely right, it’s the system that highlights the player and the credit goes to the coaches and the front office for finding the right fit.

      • Park Ridge Howard

        Like the Sox believed with their closers, you can always find another one…………..until this year. White Sox bullpen……………..rest in peace.

      • Leroy Boyd

        Lol John you are so right

    • Leroy Boyd

      Its all about the playoffs DJ sure can help on the offense but man on defense he cant guard any of the guards you have to beat in the playoffs. Even when they thought he was going to start scoring they put a big on him and he disappeared.

  • Sith

    WTF are the Lakers waiting for? Sign him before we lose another player who has decent potential (Bazemore)

  • thomas rickard

    Bulls fans if you wind up with Henry you won’t be disappointed, his numbers took a hit because he played with a hand and knee that need surgery, waiting until after the season because the Lakers desperately needed bodies, I hope the Lakers resign him when their done fooling around.

  • wangkon936

    Good player. Injury prone. So, so defense. Won’t get mistaken for Bruce Bowen any time soon.