The good news is Augustin wants to return and seems ready to give the Bulls a bit of a discount, considering they took him off the unemployment line in December after he was waived by the Toronto Raptors and helped him resurrect his career.
‘‘I’m definitely thankful for the opportunity Chicago gave me,’’ Augustin said. ‘‘You remember things like that, just that they gave me a chance. And then once I got here, coach Thibs [Tom Thibodeau] has given me a chance to play a lot of minutes, so it’s worked out well for me. You’re thankful for that.’’
Just how thankful is yet to be determined.
Thibodeau’s ability to get maximum talent out of players also prices them out of the Bulls’ reach when they become free agents (see Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli last offseason). That might be the case for Augustin once he hits the open market.
‘‘I definitely would like to be here [for the] long term,’’ Augustin said. ‘‘I would love to be a starter again, but I want to be on a winning team, I want to be in a winning organization. Chicago is definitely those two things. When the summertime comes, that’s when I’m going to have to weigh everything.’’