K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune tweeted this today:
Add two names to Bulls’ free-agent possibles: Michael Redd and Jerryd Bayless, who just became a UFA after Toronto pulled qualifying offer.
I’ve never been a Bayless fan. He’s a shoot-first point guard who’s shot 41.2 percent from the field and 35 percent from the downtown for his career (although he knocked down 42.3 percent of his treys last season). He is neither an accomplished passer (3.8 APG versus 1.7 TOs) nor a capable defender.
He was decent last season — 18.0 PPG and 6.0 APG per 36 minutes — but played only 31 games due to injuries (hip pointer and then a partially torn left oblique). But he’s reasonable well-regarded around the league and will likely draw interest significant interest.
As for Redd, he was an almost-great player a few years ago. Then he tore his ACL and was never the same. He got some traction going with the Suns last season (19.5 PPG per 36 minutes on 40 percent shooting). But he’s a scorer (period) with with a history of knee injuries and iffy conditioning. I would categorize Redd as a “last resort” possibility.