CHICAGO -- At some point, the Bulls will sign a 13th player to a prorated portion of the veteran's minimum contract. And the pool of available players is becoming more intriguing by the day.
The Rockets on Friday waived former Bull Ronnie Brewer, and the Magic bought out Glen Davis. The Bobcats are expected to buy out former Bull Ben Gordon, and the Kings will waive Roger Mason Jr., who almost signed with the Bulls last summer.
Typically, coach Tom Thibodeau favors in-season additions who know either him or his system. And while Gordon doesn't fit that description, shooting is a major need.
The Bulls will ensure they don't exceed the luxury tax before signing someone. Anyone added would be playoff-eligible as long as he is waived or bought out before March 1.
"Whoever is here, just know what your job is and get the job done," Thibodeau said. "We need everybody."
Beastly East: While acknowledging the Pacers' acquisition of Evan Turner will help, Thibodeau stopped short of naming Indiana the favorite to win the Eastern Conference.
"All I know is Miami is the defending champion," he said. "Everyone is chasing them until that changes. Indiana has had a great season. They're certainly right there. Indiana has been very aggressive. They've positioned themselves well. They have quality depth."
Thibodeau and Joakim Noah also lauded the Cavaliers' acquisition of Spencer Hawes, who has hurt the Bulls in the past.
History lesson: On Jan. 10, 1992, the Celtics traded Brian Shaw to the Heat for Sherman Douglas. The next day, Shaw played 18 minutes in the Heat's 108-99 loss to the Bulls at Chicago Stadium.
For that reason, and the widespread injuries the Nuggets have experienced at guard, Shaw felt comfortable playing Aaron Brooks for almost 28 minutes Friday. The Nuggets acquired Brooks from the Rockets on Thursday.
"I was thrown right into the game not knowing any plays that night," Shaw said. "(Brooks) will be able to figure it out."
Layups: LeBron James is a game-time decision for the Heat's matinee Sunday against the Bulls because of a broken nose. ... Thibodeau said he discusses games with Derrick Rose often. "He's been engaged," Thibodeau said. "He's in a good place right now. But he's a long way from practicing and playing. It's more in general terms." ... Thibodeau, on which team he'll be cheering for when Syracuse plays Duke on Saturday, now that he works with Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski on Team USA: "Switzerland."
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