The Chicago Bulls announced that they have signed Veteran Point Guard, D.J. Augustin. He cleared waivers on Wednesday after being waived Monday by the Toronto Raptors. The move makes absolute sense since Marcus Teague has been struggling in his role of backing up Kirk Hinrich, who has been asked to be the starter now that Derrick Rose is out for the year.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau had this to say about Teague, “The big thing is he’s got to keep working, there’s been some games where he’s played very well, and some games not as well as he would like or we would like. But he’s making progress.”
Augustin was drafted in 2008 by the Charlotte Bobcats as the 9th overall pick after playing for two years for the Texas Longhorns. He played for the Bobcats until 2012, and then joined the Indiana Pacers last season. Then this past summer, he signed with the Raptors. The Bulls like that he can create his own shot and hit three point shots, which is an area that Teague has struggled in. Augustin always hated playing the Bulls since they play hard the whole game and their defense is tough.
“Yeah he’s a veteran guard, especially a guy who can shoot the ball from deep. He’s a good scorer, he just needs an opportunity. I think it’ll be a good look for our team because we’re trying to keep guys healthy,” Forward, Taj Gibson explained. “Kirk has been playing a lot of minutes. He’s in foul trouble, he’s digging in there, banging with the bigs. I’m just praying that he doesn’t get whacked the way he did last year, but so far, he’s been okay.”
Veteran guard Mike James had been named as Hinrich’s backup, but he suffered a knee sprain last week during warm-ups against the New Orleans Pelicans. Teague was on his way to play for the Iowa Energy, which is the Bulls’ Developmental League team. However, Teague was called back after James got hurt.
Let’s see if Augustin can impress his new team, and fans.