The Bulls stayed with their regular rotation, which Thibodeau indicated they would the rest of the way. That left newcomer/veteran Ronnie Brewer on the bench, where he will be joined later this week by former Bulls Mike James and Lou Amundson. That will bring the roster to a maximum 15, and while those players would be available in emergencies as playoff qualified, the moves are more an interesting innovation from the Bulls.
Because all are veterans with at least seven years, they come at a higher salary rate than, say, second round picks or D-League players. Because all have been with the Bulls previously they are unlikely to cause any chemistry issues with a team playing well and should fit in seamlessly. But perhaps more importantly, their contracts under the new collective bargaining agreement can be combined in the summer to potentially put the Bulls in position to add a higher salaried player that might have previously been out of reach without their additions. Itís a complex formula, but with their unguaranteed contracts they could be included in deals to provide more salary on the Bulls side for a potential match. It also helps the players as they could be in deals and again find themselves on rosters and in the playoffs.
Win/win. Itís what the Bulls have been doing lately. Which is pretty important this time of year.