The Bulls want Jannero Pargo


Now that Ben Gordon is a former Bull, it looks like former Bull Jannero Pargo might be coming back to Chicago.

Pargo spent the last year playing overseas, first for the Moscow Dynamo (who had to buy out his contract due to financial difficulties) and then Olympiakos in Greece (otherwise known as the team that stole Josh Childress from the Atlanta Hawks). Now he’s coming back to the NBA, and both the Bulls and New Orleans Hornets (whom he played for prior to bolting for Moscow) are interested in re-acquiring his services.

Pargo isn’t going to replace Ben Gordon. Not by a longshot. Pargo’s career averages — 6.9 PPG, 39.5 percent shooting, 36.5 percent from downtown — barely match what Gordon would do on a really bad might. Fortunately, the Bulls wouldn’t ask him to be Ben Gordon Part II. They would simply need him to be a solid, steady, veteran contributer off the bench. And Pargo excelled in that role when he was with the Hornets in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

If the Bulls sign him, he’d make a great (and cost-effective) backup.

Update! The scouting report on Jannero Pargo: Here’s the skinny from Pargo’s DraftExpress player profile:

Overview: “A tremendous scoring combo guard. … Possesses only average size and physical strength for the point guard spot. Shows good quickness and lateral speed. Won’t play above the rim, but can get there occasionally. Plays with a scorer’s mentality, and isn’t known for his playmaking skills. Incredible shot-maker from the perimeter, but is a bit streaky. Never gets rattled, and never loses sight of what he brings to the table. Will play tough defense. Tough player in general with outstanding intangibles. Has become a useful role player. … His playoff performances with the Bulls and then the Hornets were huge for his career.”

On offense: “A good offensive point guard who will run the pick and roll and hit spot up shots from the perimeter. Displays a very fundamentally sound shooting stroke and can stretch the floor after he initiates the offense. Good catch and shoot guy. Just as capable off the dribble. Would much rather pull up than attack the rim due to his lack of size and leaping ability. Has the quickness to create separation off the dribble. Can absolutely take over a game at times with his stroke, and change the complexion of the contest — making him a tremendous option to bring off the bench as a change of pace guard. If his shooting stroke isn’t on, though, he can become a liability. Never been known as a terribly efficient player throughout his career, partially due to his struggles converting shots around the rim. Not quite as good as a pure point guard as he is as a scorer. Has improved significantly throughout his career in that respect, though. Used to be very turnover prone. Handles the ball well, and while he may not be a great creator, he is a very solid passer. Very rarely gets to the free throw line. Handles pressure well, and can hit his free throws at a very high rate. Plays within himself, which is a trait that took him time to develop. Extremely confident.”

On defense: “A very good defender who uses his quickness to hawk the ball, but does not have great length at 6-2. Can be a real nuisance for less athletic point guards. Moves his feet extremely well and maintains a low stance. Will get too aggressive sometimes and get beaten off the dribble, but not often. Commits some fouls by nature of his assertiveness. Does his best to keep the ball out of the lane. Not a risk taker, but plays with a physicality that allows him to be a very good defensive point guard. Struggles when forced to defend shooting guards, though, which happens fairly often. Not strong enough at times to fight through screens on the pick and roll. Lacks the height to contest shots and make an impact on the glass, but will run down long rebounds and do his best to get a hand up when he can.”

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25 Responses to The Bulls want Jannero Pargo

    Brad S. July 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Agreed. I remember when he was here the first time and I liked his game. He is a “value” guard, who will play some defense, make a few open shots, and play within the offense. He should be able to spell the “big dogs” for a few minutes, and (since his ego is appropriate for his talent) shouldn’t sulk about minutes and should look to pass first.

    Obviously, not an earth shaking acquisition, but a solid pickup for a bench player at a low price.

    astefnaek July 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    He won’t cost alot of money fills a void for a tear 2010 team signs Wade to long term deal sounds good.

    Zoner July 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    It’s a fairly harmless move that could pay off nicely for the Bulls. He can score it, no doubt about that.

    d July 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    I’d like to see some sort of dialogue with Josh Childress on a one year deal. Way better player, still young, and he needs to prove himself after what seems to be a mediocre year in Europe. Atlanta would probably match, but it is worth a try.

  5. julio July 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    are you kiddn me, stop signing these no good point guards. instead they should be getting someone like bosh, lewis, lee, nocioni, or other pf. bulls have to stop getting these short players.

    William July 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    Why spend money on Pargo, and not even attempt to get Millsapp or David Lee, Someone who helps on he glass, and in the post offensively

    Sam July 6, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    I like the Pargo idea, he was solid for the Bulls before getting a little bit better with the Hornets.

    Sam July 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    And Nocioni is definitely not the answer anymore. He was fantastic his first two years in Chicago, but declined significantly thereafter. I do agree that David Lee is an interesting topic, but could be very expensive.

    AK Dave July 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    Me likey. Pargo knows his role and isn’t going to get in anybody’s way.

  10. josh July 6, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    Look, the bulls cant afford to go spend money on some of the good free agents available now if they want to have a chance on signing someone like wade or bosh or some other top free agents next year. I think the bulls are right by saving themselves for next seasons opportunities at a top free agent. Sign pargo now, hes a cheap, solid bench player. Continue to progress the development of rose, noah, thomas, and company to try to attract someone like wade next season.

  11. julio July 7, 2009 at 12:59 am #

    or they have to fire these general managers, or who ever makes these trades or signs free agents because they dont know what they’re doing.I say get bosh n wade or lebron and blake

  12. Alex July 7, 2009 at 2:03 am #

    For everyone talking about the bulls signing free agents, the bulls don’t have any extra money this offseason and will not be a player for free agents. If they go over the cap for this year, they will be penalized next year when good free agents come out. They are looking to sign minimum contract players, and it appears that Pargo should be a solid role player for the upcoming season.

    Brian July 7, 2009 at 3:26 am #

    I am ok with Pargo as a back up point guard if that means they are going to move Kirk and another player or two to get Stoudamire or Bosh. Joe Johnson would also be nice at the shooting guard but it is starting to look like the Bulls are not going to do much this off season. It could be a long year Bulls fans. It seems like all the other teams in the East are loading up.

  14. Eric July 7, 2009 at 5:41 am #

    I think he would fit nicely in our backcourt. A no nonsense player. More defense than BG, much less offense. But people forget Deng’s 14-17 ppg (Depending on what deng we get next year) that we didnt have last year, and I think D-rose will up his average next year along with our other young maturing players. I don’t think the BG hole is as drastic as people make it seem.

  15. julio July 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    why are they paying these sucky players so much, thats another mistake they’re making, pargo isnt worht it, they have hunnter and hinrich

    Sam July 8, 2009 at 1:53 am #

    Lindsey Hunter is far from an option.

  17. chitown3 July 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    I don’t care what moves the Bulls make Gar Forman don’t know what he’s doing anyway. But you give up your best player BG because of size, and then you want to sign a smaller guard in Jannero Pargo. What a joke, best move they can make get rid of Gar!!!! Then keeping Aaron Gray I like Big Aaron but what have he done to get resigned GAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still can’t not get over this let BG go for free in your same Division Clown Forman!!!

    Reggie McGlory July 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    not sure why all the talk about free agency this year when we all know next year the game is gonna change and so are some teams biggest and best ever free agency class so why would you want the bulls to miss out on that my option is they make sure they put the bulls n the best position to get as many of those great players on our team as possible we know we are not championship material this year lets face it compeditive yes have to see what deng does and what his value is to the team this is his make or break year with the bulls mabe in the league also lets not forget we have a strong team we just do not have a real superstar on are team lets not panic and move backwards instead of looking forward towards the real prize come on 2010 I am waiting as far as the bulls are concerned they had better get the job right and not screw this golden oppertunity up we will have a great year this year mabe alot better than we all can even imagine the sky is not the limit for us anymore we have the rose and he is in full bloom now so enjoy the season our time to shine is here and if we do not make any big trades and we lost ben its all good 2010 is our true goal lets get the job done peace

    Felipe Garcia July 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    It think the bulls should sign Jannero Pargo (as a backup guard to Salmons) to a 1 year deal, if he wont cost them that much money. If they cant get him, hey should try to get a big guard like Gerald Green, Dahntay Jones, Rodney Carney, Desmond Mason, Ime Udoka or Anthony Parker to a 1 year deal. So that way they can have a big lineup of guards, something that bulls are always missing in their guard rotation.

    Boppinbob July 10, 2009 at 4:53 am #

    With the Pargo signing I guess it is goodbye Kirk Hinrich.

  21. Luis Gomez July 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    how is it good bye kirk hinrich Pargo is a point guard and there not going to put him as a shooting guard kirk is going to be are shooting guard with john salmons and only now sometimes kirk will be a point guard so kirk hinrich is staying with the bulls


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