The Chicago Bulls have had a busy offseason. After missing out on New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, the Bulls signed Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol to a three-year, $22 million deal and Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotić, who they inked to a three-year, $17 million deal. The Bulls also made a draft night move, trading the rights to their 16th and 19th-overall selections to the Denver Nuggets for the rights to the 11th-overall pick, former Creighton Blue Jays’ forward Doug McDermott.
Although all reports say point guard Derrick Rose is healthy, the Bulls still needed insurance, especially after D.J. Augustin signed with the Detroit Pistons. They re-signed Kirk Hinrich and then struck a deal with Denver Nuggets’ free agent Aaron Brooks.
According to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune, the Bulls pursued Miami Heat free agent point guard Toney Douglas, but stopped that pursuit once they signed Brooks.
Brooks put up 9.0 points, 3.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game while shooting 40.1% from the field, 38.7% from three and 87.4% from the free throw line for the Nuggets and Houston Rockets last season. Brooks, who has also played for the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. In his career, he’s averaged 11.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game while shooting 41.3% from the field, 36.8% from three and 84.7% from the charity stripe. Douglas averaged 4.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 38.4% from the field, 30.4% fro three and 73.5% from the free throw line for the Heat and Golden State Warriors last season. He’s played for the Heat, Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings in his five-year career. The former Florida State Seminoles has averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 40.5% from floor, 35.3% from beyond the arc and 82.4% from the charity stripe in his career.
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