Workouts, workouts and more workouts


According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls began a busy week of draft workouts Monday at the Berto Center with Duke’s Gerald Henderson, Arizona’s Chase Budinger, USC’s Taj Gibson, Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Omri Casspi, Virginia Tech’s A.D. Vassallo and Alabama Birmingham’s Robert Vaden in for a spirited session. John Paxson, Gar Forman, coach Vinny Del Negro, Del Negro’s assistants and the entire scouting and personnel departments viewed the workout. … The workouts resume Wednesday with two sessions, including Pittsburgh forward DeJuan Blair and Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody. On Thursday, Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks heads a workout of six lesser known players.” Pippin Ain’t Easy has the full schedule, in case you want to see it.

In case you forgot, the Bulls own the 16th and 26th picks in the June 25 NBA draft.

Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times feels like there’s a good chance the Bulls could take Casspi with their second selection. And Omri thinks sounds pretty sure of himself: “In Europe, we work more on fundamentals [than in the NBA]. Here the guys are really athletic, fast and strong. So it’s different, but I’ve been playing overseas with a lot of Americans, a lot of NBA guys. So I feel comfortable playing both sides. … Most of my game is one-on-one penetration, so I feel comfortable even more here than in Europe. The most important thing for me is that I can help a team by coming in as a rookie and [playing].”

It’ll be really interesting to see what the Bulls do in the draft. Currently, their needs include 1) a big man who can score inside, 2) a backup for Ben Gordon (or, potentially, a replacement if they don’t re-sign him) and possibly 3) depth at the point guard position (assuming the team plans on trying to dump Kirk Hinrich’s contract either before the season or by next February’s trade deadline). It also wouldn’t hurt to add a perimeter defender or maybe even a crack three-point shooter.

Of course, I’m not-so-secretly hoping they can package their picks (and maybe a player or two) and trade them for an established vet. But who knows? There’s a lot of intrigue surrounding this draft for the Bulls. Will they simply be content to add one or two fringe rotation players via the draft or will they make a move to push an up-and-coming team to the next level? Stay tuned. profiles:
A.D. Vassallo
Chase Budinger
DeJuan Blair
Gerald Henderson
Jodie Meeks
Luke Harangody
Omri Casspi
Robert Vaden
Taj Gibson


6 Responses to Workouts, workouts and more workouts

    Czernobog June 10, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Casspi is my guy, but I have no idea why the bulls would want another small forward. And even though he’s a tough, fearless energy guy, I don’t really think that’s the Bulls’ biggest need.

    AK Dave June 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    Cassipi looks very intriguing, but as Czernobog says, the SF position is pretty stacked right now (unless a Deng trade happens… which won’t).

    After reading the DX profiles, I think the most interesting prospects on that list are Budinger, Cassipi, Henderson, and Harangody. Vasallo sounds like a confused SWAC who can’t play D. Meeks looks undersized and underskilled. Vaden looks like another player who can’t get his weight under control. Gibson looks like a poor man’s Tyrus. DeJuan Blair is not polished enough on offense. We don’t need another Ben Wallace. He would get more burn elsewhere- he might end up a nice player but I personally don’t want him.

    I like Harangody because he has a back-to-the-basket game and a scorer’s mentality, and other than Brad Miller (sort of), nobody on the Bulls Roster can bring that.

    Budinger’s question is defense. If he can become a non-liability, he’d be a great bench guy because of his versatility and shooting. Plus I love the guy’s athleticism- his vertical is very impressive and he has legit size for the 2/3 positions, so he could come in for a number of situations. I just hope he doesn’t let people step on his face in the NBA. Charles Barkley will have a heyday with him if he lets that happen.

    Henderson is probably the safer bet between himself and Budinger because I feel that he is the better defender out of the gate.

    BadDave June 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    I’m all for Harangody. That name has SO much potential.

    AK Dave June 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm #


    How about “The Harang-otan”?


  5. cameron June 11, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    tyler hansbrough??

  6. pete June 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    I think the strategy is draft a back up PG at 16. ty lawson should be there. Trade Kirk, who is an excellent player who takes abuse for no good reason. he is our best defender regardless of position. but he makes too much to be a bench player. free up cash, develop Rose, Thomas and Noah and go all in on the free agent class in two years.

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