The Chicago Bulls need depth in the frontcourt in order to compete for the rest of the season and beyond. Fortunately, it seems like help could be on the way.
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
Just going online now: ESPN sources say Bulls in talks to sign Louis Amundson. Decision on veteran power forward expected Friday3/1/2013, 4:48:03 AM
Amundson most recently played for the Minnesota Timberwolves before being waived partway through this season. In 20 games, he was hardly getting on the floor at only 8.1 minutes per game.
Still, he showed even in limited playing time that he has value. He totaled 2.4 rebounds per game, which equals an impressive 14 boards per 48 minutes. This would rank 21st in the league if he had enough minutes to qualify.
While he is never going to be an elite scorer, his ability to come off the bench and provide good defense with great rebounding is very valuable for an NBA team.
At this point of the season, this is exactly what the Bulls need.
Obviously, Joakim Noah just showed that he can take care of business in the middle of the court with his incredible game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He finished with 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks in the win. ESPN Stats and Information had some detail about how impressive the performance really was:
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One more via ELIAS: Joakim Noah: 1st player in NBA history with 20+ points, 20+ rebounds, 10 blocks and 65% shooting from field in game3/1/2013, 4:57:36 AM
Carlos Boozer also quietly had a 21 point, 12 rebound game to continue his impressive season.
However, the lack of depth was also on display as Noah was forced to play 45 minutes in the game. With Taj Gibson unavailable due to a sprained MCL, the team only got three bench minutes in the frontcourt from Nazr Mohammed.
In order to survive the rest of the season and the playoffs, Chicago needs someone else to take the pressure off the talented starters.
While Mohammed has had a couple of good games, he provides very little when he is on the floor overall. His spot would be replaced by Amundson, who would be able to keep opponents off the scoreboard while Noah and Boozer take a break.
After spending the past few weeks without a job, the forward is unlikely to cause an issue once his minutes are reduced after Gibson returns from his injury.
The Bulls have struggled in February to a 5-8 record after coming in at 28-17. In all likelihood, the lack of depth is catching up to them and the star players are simply breaking down.
Aside from the return of Derrick Rose, Amundson is the best thing that could help this team succeed. Chicago needs to make sure this deal is completed to help keep the squad from falling too far down the standings.