Free Agent Watch: Bulls sign Korver, try for Redick, and want Howard

Three-point shooter? Yes. Defensive specialist? No.

Three-point shooter? Yes. Defensive specialist? No.

Despite having the best young core of all the cap-clearing teams, the Bulls still missed out on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. As bummers go, that’s a pretty big one. Or is that three bummers? Whatever. You get the point.

That said, the team continues to make smart moves.

After inking Carlos Boozer — finally an inside scoring threat! — the Bulls signed Boozer’s former and once-again current teammate Kyle Korver to a three-year, $15 million deal. In case you hadn’t heard, Korver set an all-time NBA single-season record for three-point shooting percentage (53.6) during the 2009-10 campaign.

And although players don’t set all-time records every season, Korver’s career three-point percentage of 41.0 — not to mention the fact that he’s never hit less than 37.5 percent of his treys for a season — prove that his accuracy is no one-year fluke.

What’s more, Korver sounds pretty stoked to be joining the Bulls.

Said Korver: “This is a great young team that I feel I fit in well with. I’m really excited about coach (Tom) Thibodeau. Watching the teams he’s been a part of, they’re all extremely well-coached. I’m excited about the city and being closer to family and friends. And having Derrick (Rose) and Carlos (Boozer) are big pluses.”

On playing with Derrick Rose, Korver added: “I have a lot of respect for Derrick’s game. I got to play with him last summer at the Team USA camp. He is so explosive and talented. I know from playing against him and game-planning for him how tough he is. I don’t need the ball a lot. I don’t try to take guys off the dribble. I’m not one-on-one. I play off guys like Derrick. And I’d like to think my game helps him a lot too. I don’t think it will take too long for us to mesh.”

The Bulls also signed Orlando’s J.J. Redick — a restricted free agent — to a three-year, $20 million offer sheet. There’s no question why the Bulls did it: Redick shot 40.5 percent from downtown last season and is near the 40 percent career mark. And get this: Last season, he ranked second in the league in Offensive Rating (123.2).

Unfortunately, the Magic will probably match Chicago’s offer.

Honestly, I was hoping the Bulls would pursue restricted free agent Anthony Morrow, but the New Jersey Nets have signed him to an offer sheet. But maybe management has something else in mind.

Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears reports that the Bulls (along with the Celtics) have “serious interest” in Josh Howard.

Management promised to be aggressive in filling needs. And they’re fulfilling that promise. The Bulls are going to be a much improved team next season.

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34 Responses to Free Agent Watch: Bulls sign Korver, try for Redick, and want Howard

    Bam! July 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    It would have been nice to land a big free agent, but this may be a blessing in disguise. For example, would bringing LeBron or Wade to Chicago really be the best thing for Rose’s development? Chris Bosh would have been a great addition, but would he be worth the max contract we would probably give him? And Boozer is definitely a good substitute for Bosh…
    Also, while a team of James, Bosh, Wade and and some bargain players might work out well in a video game, does anyone (other than delusional South Beach homers) really think that team could win a championship in real life? I’m not trying to put Miami down, because they will definately be a tough team to beat. I just don’t think they have what it takes to win a champ… yet…

    Of course, Chicago doesn’t have what it takes, either, but I think we are developing an extremely young powerhouse here in United Center. Think about it – a team with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Kyle Korver and Taj Gibson. Impressive. Bring back Brad Miller and add a couple consistent shooters and you have a team that should stand at 3rd in the East. Nice improvement, in my mind.

  2. Steve July 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    My problem with Redick, Korver, or Howard on the Bulls is that NONE are starting SGs in this league. Korver is a good 6th man, but I dont think he can create his own shot or hold up in terms of injuries to get through the season. Due to a solid defensive game, I think Brewer is the way to go. I also think they should try to go after Morrow if Orlando matches with Redick, because his defensive potential has yet to be determined (being on the Warriors) and Thibs can bring it out of him. With Redick, we have another Gordon, except nowhere near as athletic or trigger happy. We have a chance to really do something with this team, I really dont want them to go get Redick to start, hes too short. They should have chosen between Redick and Korver, not gotten both.

  3. Ryan July 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    I like the route the Bulls are taking. They are really going after the best out there that fit the players and the system that Thibs will run. I also hope they can keep Brad Miller onboard for one more season – with Boozer, Brad, and Joakim’s passing and rebounding abilities, we have our own front court three-headed monster. I’m just waiting for 1-2 important pieces that will make this a TEAM!

    Billiam July 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    I really hope the Bulls don’t sign Howard. He’s 30, still recovering from a major injury, and his character issues are well-documented. I don’t know what the cost would be for him, but I just don’t like the idea of him coming to Chicago.

    Regarding Redick, I really hope we get him. Sounds like he’s really coming into his own and would be a great fit at shooting guard.

    A question: If the Magic do match the Bulls offer for Redick, does that settle the matter? Is he definitely with the Magic at that point?

    reggie July 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    (1) the bulls did not and do not need wade or LBJ former King of Ohio(2)Our bulls will be great I said it not just good without either of them would we truly have been better not sure just alot more eyes on our team because of bigger names(3)The new players will prove to not only be good additions but less costly and we will still have room to sign someone else(4)I agree D Rose is a true beast and a hell of a player(5)stop talking about the heat they only got the three and won’t be able to get anyone worth talking about I don’t see anyone of value taking a pay cut to play with them least not anytime soon,therefore it takes more than three to win and two of them get hurt every year then what will they do one of them let alone all three cannot carry a team of has beens lol too funny cannot wait to see what they do next year its not gonna suprise me if they don’t win alot of games. I am bulls fan for life I am no hater I am glad none came to chicago wade played us and Lbj might be what he is not a true big time player when it counts the most he is not there his legacy is already being wrote starting now. Now I want to see our bulls get one more big time scorer to help take focus off of boozer and D rose I hope deng is healthy this year if he is I think he will be a great player to go along with what we have the future is all ours here in chi Get yr heads up the future is here the bulls are gonna win and winlots of games maybe even a title I said and did not studder get ready for the parades to come back here in chi baby its on its gonna be one heck of a ride so enjoy it . Peace

    WyomingBullsFan July 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Redick is under contract now, it’s just the matter of whether it will be with the Magic or the Bulls. If the Magic match the offer, which is their right of a restricted free agent, he will stay with the Magic. If they feel the deal is too rich, he’ll be in Chicago.

    I’d like to get him, he is grittier than people may be giving him credit for

    Matt McHale July 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    “My problem with Redick, Korver, or Howard on the Bulls is that NONE are starting SGs in this league.”

    Yeah. That’s my fear too.

    Of all the available options, there’s not really anybody whom I would feel like, “Yes. This guy can start at SG and not give up anything.”

    Korver’s not a starter, period. Redick is a defensive liability unfortunately. Howard really is more of a SF in terms of skills.

    The Bulls need somebody who can defend, run the court, shoot consistently from long range, get to the hoop, and draw fouls.

    Right now, the guys who are available can do some of these things but not all.

    UTellem23 July 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

    Seeing how the Magic just signed Q Richardson Reddick is probably a bull.Why are we going after Howard?Why not RJ or Al Harrington?

    CDsorens July 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    Ronnie Brewer instead of Josh Howard, two gunners in JJ and Korver off the bench, Brewer can play an undersized 3 when Deng is hurt/resting…

    But then again, Josh Howard can be a beast to deal with. And character issues aside, the kid was being a kid, and I’m sure he’s recognized that what he did was ridiculous (weed admission) and disrespectful (star spangled banner). If it was still an issue, wouldn’t ESPN love to jump all over him like they’ve jumped all over T.O. and company over the years?

    Savage July 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Harrington although I am not sure he has a winning mindset. We may be able to get Howard for very cheap I think that is why they are looking into it. I think the Magic were just angry and wanted to make the signing wait. They would be paying near 14 million next year to keep him due to how much they are over the cap. Any team dumb enough to pay 14 million or change the team in a trade to keep JJ is just flat out stupid. He will fit in well with our team now with Korver and JJ on the squad teams will not be able to sag 4 players in the lane to prevent Rose’s drives or when Boozer is on the block. I’m just glad to see the front office being active for the first time in years!!

    carlos July 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    the bulls can sign j.j barea from dallas as a back up to rose.he can score .and have been a back up to kid..

    Aaron July 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    I hear what you guys are saying. However the Bulls do NOT need an all-star shooting guard. They need a player(s) who will help open up the floor for the team Superstar DRose.

    Add Noah’s improving post game and Boozer’s post game and adding shooters that we can run off screens and Korver and JJ fill the SG spot perfectly. Think like what Boston does with Ray Allen or the Bulls did with Gordon. Deng can fill this role too as the shooter coming off screens; his mid-range J is money.

    The Howard thing confuses me too. I really don’t want to root for this dude. Can’t he and Ricky Williams just go smoke themselves into oblivian someplace? Unless management feels Howard can play better defense against Lebron and can use his fouls? No idea…like I said, confusing.

    C.T July 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    harrington wont play no shooing guard. they going in the right direction but I rather have Brewer than Howard.
    I think Deng know something we dont tho because he’s put his house on the market.

    thirdsaint July 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    Is JJ Barea on the market? I wouldn’t mind him as a backup to Rose at all. I too was hoping for Morrow but can another team up an offer?

    I definitely don’t want Howard though and agree with the sentiment that the Magic are just making us wait to tie our hands for a week out of spite.

  15. TexasBearsFan July 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Anyone who thinks that Josh Howard is the only NBA star who smokes weed is pretty naive. He’d be a decent backup, I’d sign him.

    UTellem23 July 12, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    Texas,I’m more concerned that he’s coming off two major surgeries.I think he could score 15 off the bench on average but he’s just a little too fragile.I’m a bit concerned that the Bulls have Boozer,Deng,Korver,you add Howard and thats a hell of a lot of players with injury histories.

    C-Lo_The_Great July 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    depending on price tag i dont think howard isnt a bad pick up if we get him for real cheap i hope the bulls give derrick byars a shot at starting sg i loved his pre season stuff alot can be like sonny weems this year because he should be an under the radar type

    RKA83 July 13, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    I’m wondering if the Bulls acquire a decent SG via trade. They have two first next year and possibly 3 seconds. I’m wondering if their are any other teams out there looking to shed salary that the Bulls can absorb

    mike July 13, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    i heard the bulls are thinking off bringing in adam morrison? i would rather have howerd coverd in shit that guy sucks please dont pick him up. we are haveing a pretty good off season… dont start fucking it up with this guy..

    mike July 13, 2010 at 3:45 am #

    deng has home up for sale ? does he know something we dont ? if we trade him i hope we get R jefferson instead

    reggie July 13, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    First the players that the bulls are signing is all good and as far as them being back ups at some point they all had to be back ups maybe there is a real star waiting to be born in our new players yet if not all they need do is be solid when they are on the court the rest will be done by the true stars D Rose boozer and deng and Noah yes that is right Noah is up and coming fast a true beast double double machine the bulls may want to try to put together a big offer to a team that has to try to get the best team they can to win yet also be smart and not throw money around cause they have it this is a good team on its way to being a great team. Peace

    DJ July 13, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    Ronnie Brewer is the right guy for the bulls starting SG position!!! Please Bulls GM’s go after this guy before it is to late and someone else signs him! Fuck JOsh Howard he is getting old and J.J. Redick is not a starter! he is a bench backup player.

    LOBOS July 13, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Assuming we get Redick, Chicago will be able to compete offensively with any team in the NBA, but the additions of Boozer, Korver and Redick don’t equal up to much defense. We need to re-sign Miller simply cause big men with skill is rare these days in the NBA and I would go after Brewer before Josh Howard and Adam Morrison (WTF!). Josh Howard admitted to getting high casually and Adam Morrison, for real, Adam Morrison….. Adam freaking Morrison! Just when the Bulls looked like they were on the right track. It’s bad enough we missed out on the big free agents, to top that off by signing Morrison is like pissing against the wind.

    LOBOS July 13, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    I must be the only person on the planet that think Boozer is better than Bosh. Numbers don’t lie.
    Obviously Bosh is taller than Boozer so he naturally has an advantage as far as blocked shots go but that’s also where his advantage ends.

    reggie July 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Bosh is not better than boozer he has not won one playoff series and nor has he gotten any special awards yet he was metioned as one of the big three wow well bulls fans should celabrate we got boozer and not bosh because the one factor that I realize that stands out first is less money for a better player also he is not a soft player he is physical and yet also mobile enough to be a great fit with Rose and noah and deng. Go bulls(I know its a vidioe game but played Xbox with the thrice three against our new bulls one thing that stood out right away the heat is too small to compete on the boards and they only have a chance if they hit jump shots lol gl with that heat .Go bulls

    julz July 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    why not take another look at shannon brown he would be able to run with D. Rose and he looked decent defensively in the playoffs this past season. plus out of all the guards the bulls have looked at he adds toughness

    Manuel July 14, 2010 at 3:36 am #

    That picture is freaking funny…!

    Bullheadedfan July 14, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    I don’t see where Al Harrington fits in with this squad seeing the bulls have the PF void pretty stocked right now in BOOZE, TAJ and, Aesik. I think the Josh Howard deal might work here starting him and deng at the 2 and 3 would give them a lot size in the back court. Also I agree with a Ronnie Brewer just as long as he knows his role as a defender. The Bulls need to be mindful its a scoring 2’s and defending 2’s they should look at until James Johnson steps his game up. WE NEED NO ONE ON THIS ROSTER THAT CAN’T CONTRIBUTE!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work. GO BULLS!

  29. Steven July 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I love the Bulls even more for reading my mind and going after Josh Howard. He is one of the toughest players in the league that can be a defensive force on the floor. This is a great off season for the Bulls. Proud to be a fan

    Armchair GM. July 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Josh Howard, Ronnie Brewer,Josh Boone, Alonzo Gee.”RTR” All 4 are strong, atheletic defenders and rebounders,guard at least 2/3 positions, also “finishers”on the break or in half court sets.Cheap price 2!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. buddy July 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    yeah Deng may have heard the Bulls are shooting for Carmello. that means Deng and a First rounder is in jeopardy. the would complete the off season GREATNESS the Bulls have pulled off. Can you Imagine, Rose, Redick, Mello, Boozer, and Noah with Taj, Korver, johnson and Brad Miller and Flip Murray off the bench. Booooooo to the Bulls for even thinking about Josh I get high Howard. never that. we don’t do that type bull in da
    Chi. C’mon Man!!!!

    jake July 16, 2010 at 3:45 am #

    i think that the bulls are a great team after the signing of carlos boozer,we needed him in the inside because when we played teams like the magic,we had no big men other then noah to stop them,so he was a great pick up,but we still need to get a really good,solid SG,i know we signed kyle korver but we need a starter,kyle is a good sixth man,but no starter,if we could do a sign and trade to get someone like ray allen.even if we have to wait till the season starts,we got alot of money and we could send over someone like a taj gibson and some cash to get him,then we would be an all around scoring team and we’d have a great chance at winning the championship

  33. hahshi July 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    T-mac will fit perfect for the bulls, at a low cost

    GCB July 22, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Bulls fan who lives in Boston, Excited about how active the bulls were in free agency this year. You can say this about the Bulls owner at least for this year anyway he was willing to spend the cash needed to bring in 2 superstars ( Bosh, James ) instead of going for 2nd and 3rd tier players like in previous years. Its Not Managements fault that those 2 decided to play in Miami. Leaving Wade, Bosh, James out of the equation the bulls landed a superstar in Boozer. Love the signing of Korver, Watson, and Brewer. We got very good quality players in free agency that r going to make the bulls a great team in the up coming years. Derrick Rose is our superstar, to go along with Boozer and with the team we already had i see good things coming for the bulls and can’t wait for the league to take notice and actually have the bulls on national TV again. #1 Bulls fan who also loves the signing of New Head Coach Tom Thibodeau Go BULLS!!!!!!! can’t wait for the season to start. Can You See Carmello Anthony in a bulls uniform Notice to management get on the phone and start the recruitment process from now get those trade assets ready.

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