DEERFIELD, Ill. – Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau values loyalty and defense, which explained journeyman Keith Bogans’ starting role for the team with the NBA’s best regular-season record in 2010-11. At age 30, in his eight season, Bogans started all 82 games for the first time, making Chicago’s shooting-guard spot his own by … averaging 4.4 points on 40.4 percent shooting?
OK, not exactly the numbers you’d expect from a key offensive position for a team with serious championship ambitions. But Bogans gave the Bulls’ rotation toughness, he defended hard and, on many nights, it seemed Thibodeau was fine if the veteran guard could hit a 3-pointer near the start of each half and call it a night. After all, Chicago had the league’s MVP in the backcourt alongside Bogans.
But as the Bulls prepared for their first workout, management pulled Bogans off the practice floor.
According to published reports, the Bulls hold a $1.73 million team option on Bogans, but the contract is non-guaranteed and above the league minimum.
The team is exploring other options at shooting guard and management pulled Bogans to prevent the former Kentucky guard from sustaining an injury.
General manager Gar Forman said the team has until Dec. 19 to decide what to do with Bogans.
"We are exploring several options in finalizing our roster. We have always respected Keith's professionlism and we hope to have more clarity on this situation soon."