The Bulls waived rookie forward Erik Murphy on Thursday. Murphy was a second round pick (49th overall). He was seldom used, playing in 24 games and averaged just 0.3 points in 2.6 minutes per game.
Murphy came out of Florida as a big man with a shooting touch. He just could not get into the rotation as the other rookie, Tony Snell did, and when he did get in he could not play long enough to shoot well.
The move was made mainly to give the Bulls an opportunity to get veteran help for the playoffs. Word is they are targeting Mike James or Ronnie Brewer. Both were waived by their respective teams before the March 1st deadline so they qualify to play in the playoffs.
It was reported that Brewer has already worked out at the Berto Center, so that may be the way they go. Mike James played with the Bulls earlier this season, but the Bulls have a bigger need at forward.
Brewer would give the Bulls a little more depth at the forward position. He knows Tom Thibodeau’s system so he could step right in if Snell has trouble (as rookies sometimes are prone to do) during the playoffs. Also, Thibodeau trusts veterans over rookies, so he would feel comfortable with Brewer.
Brewer has not been the same since he left Chicago. He started with the New York Knicks last season before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was ineffective with the Thunder so he was not brought back. He signed with the Houston Rockets this past offseason, but was waived.
Brewer is still young enough that he can be successful once again with the Bulls. He had the best years of his career with the team so perhaps a return to Thibodeau can help. The Bulls hope his return can help them as well.