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Report: Bulls Sign NBA Veteran Keith Bogans

The Chicago Bulls were reportedly very close to trading for Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Rudy Fernandez in a deal that was expected to be finalized by the beginning of next week.

Chicago added a different shooting guard Friday, however, as NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports they’ve come to a two-year deal with Keith Bogans.

Bogans, a seven-year NBA pro who played last year with the San Antonio Spurs, reportedly has the second year of this contract partially guaranteed.

With the Spurs last season, he averaged 4.4 points in 19.7 minutes per game.

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After A So-So Workout, Bulls Not Expected To Sign Tracy McGrady

Eyewitness reports from Tracy McGrady’s workout with the Chicago Bulls yesterday have hit the press, and they’re far from glowing. Indeed, it appears as though McGrady failed to impress the Bulls. From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

According to two people who witnessed the workout, McGrady shot the ball well but didn’t move with much fluidity or exhibit superior conditioning. Andy Greer, who served as an assistant with the Rockets along with coach Tom Thibodeau when McGrady played there, led the workout.

Those two coaches’ familiarity with McGrady, as well as [Derrick] Rose’s public lobbying for him that stems, in part, from their shared agency, represent McGrady’s best chance at landing a Bulls offer. Yet no definitive decision has been made, and one league source who spoke with Bulls management said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls passed.

John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times, meanwhile, seems to believe the issue has more to do with McGrady’s personality than his physical ability:

During his workout Monday at the Berto Center, Tracy McGrady showed he has made physical progress since last season and is capable of being a contributor to the Bulls next season, according to a source.

But despite the seven-time All-Star being physically able to fill the secondary bench role the team is looking for, the Bulls’ brass isn’t yet convinced McGrady will be a good fit after meeting with him following the workout the source said.

If Marc Stein’s initial report about McGrady’s workout is to be believed, the Bulls would have signed him on the spot had he impressed them enough. But he didn’t, and now it appears as though both parties will look elsewhere. With only Luol Deng, Kyle Korver, and Ronnie Brewer available to play the wing positions, the Bulls will look for another swingman. McGrady still needs a team.

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Tracy McGrady Works Out With Bulls, Lists Them As His Top Choice, Prefers To Start

Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports that free-agent swingman Tracy McGrady completed his scheduled workout with the Chicago Bulls on Monday morning and “said his first choice would be to sign with Chicago.” More from Friedell:

McGrady, who also has expressed interest in joining Miami as a bench player in support of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, said he wouldn’t mind joining the Bulls in a reserve role, but his preference would be to start.

He also said he hasn’t yet talked about a contract with the Bulls, but that was expected to take place at lunch Monday. McGrady is represented by Arn Tellem, who enjoys a very strong relationship with Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

McGrady had previously worked out with the L.A. Clippers this summer.

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Report: Chicago Bulls Have Reached Agreement With Veteran Forward Kurt Thomas

Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports on twitter that Chicago is adding Kurt Thomas.

Looks like bulls found a veteran big. Sources say the bulls have an agreement with kurt thomas, who had a solid playoffs for the bucks

Thomas, 37, is a veteran power forward who isn’t afraid to be physical and brings a wealth of playoff experience to Chicago’s bench.

More details as they develop.

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Bulls Sign Ronnie Brewer To Three-Year Deal, Working Quickly After Whiffing On J.J. Redick

The Chicago Bulls signed four-year veteran Ronnie Brewer to a three-year deal worth $12.5 million, according to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, addressing their need for a shooting guard just hours after learning the Orlando Magic matched their offer sheet for J.J. Redick. Brewer, 25, joins Derrick Rose as the only guards on Chicago’s roster.

Brewer played 266 of his 271 career games with the Utah Jazz, who traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies a week before this year’s trading deadline for a conditional second-round draft pick. Brewer owns career per-game averages of 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 steals. Though he’s a solid investment who proved with Utah he’s a rotation player on a good team, he does not address the Bulls’ need for three-point shooting. Brewer is a career 23.4% shooter from beyond the arc and takes nearly 11 two-pointers for every one trey, so he will not spread the floor for low-post dynamo Carlos Boozer—his former Jazz teammate—or dribble-driver Derrick Rose.

But that’s not to say Brewer won’t be useful. His career 52.1% shooting mark is outstanding for a guard, and his ability to get to the basket is an asset. He also adds athleticism to a roster sorely lacking it. Thus, at just over $4 million a year, it’s fair to say the Bulls got a bargain here.

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Chicago Bulls Sign Orlando Magic Guard J.J. Redick To Offer Sheet

Hot on the heels of signing Kyle Korver to a three-year contract, K.C. Johnson reports that the Chicago Bulls have signed Orlando Magic shooting guard and restricted free agent J.J. Redick to an oversheet.

ESPN’s Chad Ford reports that the offer is for three years and $20 million.

Given Redick’s status as a restricted free agent, the Orlando Magic will have the opportunity to match the offer and retain Redick. However, Johnson doesn’t necessasily expect that to happen.

While the terms of the Bulls’ offer were not immediately known, a league source said “it would be painful for the Magic to match.”

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