The wonderful world of blogging strikes again, just as I click ‘publish’ on a rumored trade between the Bulls and Blazers, news breaks. From the twitter of TNT reporter and NBA.com‘s David Aldridge the following:
Bulls add to their depth, sign former Spur Keith Bogans to a two-year deal, 2nd year partial guarantee. Story up soon on NBA.com.
Bulls.com reporter Sam Smith also tweeted the following regarding the deal:
The Bulls reached agreement with Keith Bogans on a two year deal valued at about $2.5 million, NBA sources confirmed Saturday.
Bogans is a 6-5 shooting guard who will enter his 8th season in the NBA. The signing of Bogans gives the Bulls their third perimeter free agent signing, and also their third ‘shooting guard’ behind Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver. With those three and Luol Deng at the perimeter, one would assume the Bulls are pretty set. I would struggle to understand the Bulls making commitments to these three players only to deal for Fernandez, it just does not make much sense. This is however the NBA where common sense often times does not happen. This signing may not be a nail in the coffin of a potential Bulls/Blazers deal for Rudy, but the Undertaker is definitely looming around the corner with a tombstone.
All three of the teams who a little over 10 days ago were being reported as being officially ‘in the running’ for Fernandez’ services have made moves to sign a perimeter player. Boston signed Von Wafer, New York signed Roger Mason Jr and Chicago has now signed Keith Bogans. Perhaps the Blazers’ asking price was too high for those involved, as many reports had the Blazers asking for a future first round pick in return. Blazer fans should either hope Fernandez is part of a package deal or that he finds his swagger playing for the Spanish National Team because the market for Fernandez is getting smaller by the day.