OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tom Thibodeau isn't picky.
"A player," the Bulls coach said when asked at Thursday's morning shootaround whom he would like to see management add.
The Bulls have until Feb. 13 to meet the league's minimum requirement of 13 players. Mike James is a candidate to be re-signed.
The Bulls are the rare team carrying just 12 players, a depth issue made more pronounced because one of those counted as such is out for the season in Derrick Rose, another is a second-round pick who plays garbage minutes in Erik Murphy and a third has spent much of his career in the Development League in Toko Shengelia.
The Luol Deng trade dropped the Bulls below the $71.7 million luxury tax threshold. But they remain close enough to it that bonus clauses in certain contacts are prompting financial wariness and periods of 12-man rosters.
"I would like to have all 15 (allowed) but right now it's not possible," Thibodeau said. "I think cap management is important. You have to make good, sound decisions, so that's what we're trying to do. As I've said, we feel good about the guys we do have here. If someone goes down, the next guy gets in there, understands his job and gets it done."
Thibodeau said he hopes whoever is added can provide shooting but agreed it will be based on "who is playing well, who is available." And if it's James?
"Always OK with Mike James," he said. "I haven't talked to Mike (Thursday), but I know he'll be in a gym somewhere. He'll probably be with John Lucas, working his tail off and whenever someone calls him he'll be ready. That's who Mike James is."
Deng it: The Cavaliers fired general manager Chris Grant, who acquired Deng from the Bulls last month. The Cavaliers are just 4-10 since that trade, which was designed to improve their playoff chances.
Deng is averaging 15.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting and just five rebounds with them.
"Sometimes, rebuilding can be tough, a lot tougher than people realize," Thibodeau said. "It's unfortunate, but Luol is a tough-minded guy. He'll get through it."
Layups: New NBA commissioner Adam Silver attended Thursday night's game with the Warriors. ... When the Bulls limited the Suns to 38.2 percent shooting on Tuesday, it marked the 16th time they have limited an opponent to sub-40 percent. They are 13-3 in those games. ... Three with Bulls' ties -- Pete Myers, Brian Scalabrine and Lindsey Hunter -- are on Mark Jackson's Warriors staff.
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