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Bulls Trade For Backcourt Depth

By the time the Bulls take the court this fall, they’ll be nearly unrecognizable from the club that exited the playoffs last spring.

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They added another piece yesterday when they traded a second-round pick in next year’s draft to the Warriors for C.J. Watson:

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Watson, 26, is a scoring combo guard whose primary role likely will be to spell Derrick Rose. But he has averaged 8.7 points in just 23.2 minutes over his three-season career, which began after stints in Europe and the Development League.

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And, there may still be room for another acquisition:

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A league source said Watson will sign a two-year deal worth roughly $6.5 million, with a non-guaranteed third season. That leaves the Bulls with roughly $4.5 million of salary-cap space remaining with the roster at 10 players. Another center and shooting guard are the final targets.

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Salary caps in the NBA and NHL have made making up a team much more like a fantasy league draft than anything related to real life. It remains to be seen whether the Bulls’ moves will result in more victories.