Carlos Arroyo a Bull? Not so fast.

Over the weekend, news broke that Carlos Arroyo was on the verge of signing with the Bulls. From “According to several sources, Arroyo, represented by Leon Rose, is in talks to join either the Boston Celtics or the Milwaukee Bucks. However, both teams told’s Chris Sheridan that they have had no contact whatsoever with Arroyo or his representatives. On Saturday, El Nuevo Dia, a newspaper out of Puerto Rico, reported that Arroyo was close to signing a deal with the Chicago Bulls. According to the report, the agreement would be for one season and $1 million.”

My first thought was: Whaaaaaaat?! Do the Bulls really need another point guard behind Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Jannero Pargo and Lindsey Hunter, let alone one with a career three-point field goal percentage of 31.8? It seemed highly unlikely, unless the Bulls were preparing to trade Kirk Hinrich or Gar Forman had decided to collect point guards the way some people collect stamps, baseball cards or dirt. (No, really. There’s an entire museum dedicated to dirt collections. I’m not making this up.)

Well, according to Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald, the rumor is way off: “The Bulls are not angling to sign former NBA point guard Carlos Arroyo. A rumor that Arroyo was about to sign a one-year deal with the Bulls appeared in Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia this weekend. But such a plan has never even been discussed. … The Bulls have very little room to add payroll before eclipsing the luxury-tax threshold and will probably open the season with a 13-man roster if center Aaron Gray re-signs as expected.”

To me, it seems possible that these rumors were the result of Arroyo’s agent trying to generate some buzz for his client. Arroyo, who has been something of an NBA gypsy, wants to play in the Association again. One of the best ways to drive up demand is to create a perception of scarcity. That’s Economics 101. So unsubstantiated reports that link Arroyos to the Celtics and Bucks and then have him about to sign with the Bulls (who have no need or cap space for him) can probably be taken with a grain of salt…until they appear in a publication better known to the NBA than El Nuevo Dia.


8 Responses to Carlos Arroyo a Bull? Not so fast.

    Brad S. August 31, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    Good. Thanks for the update and clarification. Wow, I guess K.C. Johnson must be seriously bored to have jumped on that unsubstantiated rumor so quickly.

  2. Chris August 31, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    thank god this isn’t true i wouldn’t mind adding another player to the team but Carlos Arroyo is a bum he’s an attitude guy thinks he much better then is or ever was, guy fits in more for the And 1 league, he’s not NBA worthy guy

    Max power September 2, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    I also Agree, I am glad that the bulls did not pickup Carlos Arroyo. The Bulls have too many guards already in their roster. Besides, Pargo & Hunter need sum playing time minutes eventually. Adding another guard in the mix like; Carlos Arroyo is not a good thing B-cuz players will eventually complain about their minutes. Unless they were planning to trade Captain Kirk in a deal, which I hope not.

    mike killer September 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Good, The Bulls better not even think about trading Kirk Hinrich because he is also a big piece to the puzzle to the Bulls success. I would rather trade Deng or Thomas if they are not playing to their expectations.

  5. Gotti September 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    lol it ds not make any cns to come a play for this team chicago has to many guards and Arroyo is not going to play much over here. So if i was him i stay away from nba and i keep playing in Europa they pay him a lot more and he well get more playing time. well its really wear but i like this kid.

    DJ September 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    I agree, I don’t see the bulls adding another guard anytime soon. I could see them making a trade this season, if someone like Tyrus Thomas for example is not playing at his best. In order for Tyrus Thomas to keep playing in a bulls uniform, he needs to average close to a double double with more scoring points inside the painted area.

    DJ September 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Maybe close to 12-16 points per game.

  8. Christian Rosario September 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    And 1? u gotta be kidding me! u guys forgot that when he played for orlando he played half the game bcuz him nd jameer were evnly matched nd were both good. He might have attitudes or he might not. u dnt know that nd i dnt either.

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