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.”