Jerryd Bayless and Michael Redd: Now on the Bulls’ radar

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.

So…Bayless (player bio) and Redd (player bio). Okay then.

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.

3 Responses to Jerryd Bayless and Michael Redd: Now on the Bulls’ radar

  1. starr365 July 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Neither one is a game changer. I used to like M. Redd but he’ll never be the same. Not sure if the Bulls even feel that they can contend next year, and if not, why make a splash? Either way, still need a 2-guard. If we can get Courtney Lee let’s do it and give him starters minutes. Rip can vie for 6th man of the year. If we part with Asik, Marcus Camby would’ve been a nice fit.

  2. Fusoya July 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Looks like Captain Kirk is back

  3. starr365 July 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Looks like Courtney Lee is going to Boston. Other teams are very near the luxury tax and are still adding key pieces to their roster. Why are the Bulls handcuffed? Miami and Boston appear to be getting just about everybody that they want. Nobody could be closer to the luxury tax than Miami. Is it that Pat Riley is just more creative? I like Hinrich. He’s a good pickup as backup to Rose. Still a glaring hole at the 2. Not satisfied with Rip.

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