Why the Chicago Bulls Should Sign Andres Nocioni for the NBA Playoffs

Paul Grossinger@@pgrossingerAnalyst IIMarch 21, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Andres Nocioni #5 of the Philadelphia 76ers passes the ball around Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 121-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls should sign Andres Nocioni off the waiver wire for the stretch run and the NBA Playoffs.

Nocioni was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers after the NBA's Trade Deadline.  He has played poorly this year, averaging less than 2 points in eleven games this season.

So why should the Bulls bother?

First, they have little to lose.

The Bulls have 14 players under contract right now, so they have room for one more addition.  The veterans minimum does not have cap implications so it costs Chicago nothing to add him.

Nocioni is also an old fan favorite.

He was a Bull from 2004-2009, earning a huge fan base along the way for his hard-nosed, tough attitude and style of play.  

He was Chicago's version of an on-court hockey enforcer, protecting young stars Ben Gordon and Luol Deng.  

The Argentine also became the team's sixth man and a post-season star.

Nocioni 22 points and 8 rebounds in the 2005-06 playoffs—Chicago's first taste of success since the Jordan era, and nearly helped the Bulls upset the Detroit Pistons.

Plus, Nocioni can help contribute to this Bulls team.

Chicago still needs wing depth and the Argentine can help.  He will bring his hard-nosed attitude to the Bulls, which will help solidify the prevalence of that trademark toughness in the locker room.

So, Chicago should take the time to add Nocioni.  

At the very least, fans will be happy to see him back at home in the United Center!