This offseason was an arms race between the Cavaliers and Bulls.
Cleveland signed LeBron James, traded for Kevin Love and extended Kyrie Irving.
The Bulls signed Pau Gasol, signed Nikola Mirotic and (hopefully) got Derrick Rose healthy.
At this point, it’s the Cavaliers and Bulls and then everyone else in the East. A Cleveland-Chicago matchup in the conference finals seems destined.
But within that top two, the Cavaliers have a clear edge. LeBron just does that for a team.
So, the Bulls need someone who can help them challenge LeBron, who isn’t not afraid to stand up to LeBron, who will galvanize his teammates through his intensity against LeBron.
Someone like Nazr Mohammed, who shoved LeBron during a 2013 playoff game.
The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has re-signed center Nazr Mohammed
Mohammed becomes the Bulls’ 14th player, returning to Chicago for a third straight year. Last season, he set an NBA record for fewest minutes per game (7.0) by someone who played at least 80 contests.
This year, his role should be even smaller. Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson can all play center ahead of Mohammed, and with Mirotic – and maybe even Mike Dunleavy and Doug McDermott – getting minutes at power forward, there isn’t much room to maneuver Mohammed into the rotation.
At 37, Mohammed provides depth and little more. But if push comes to shove and the Bulls and Cavaliers in fact meet in the playoffs, maybe Mohammed can offer a little more.