Chicago general manager Gar Forman met with his target to replace Ben Gordon in the Bulls backcourt on Saturday: free agent guard Jannero Pargo.
Forman and Pargo’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, are expected to discuss contract parameters on Sunday.
“We had a great meeting,” Bartelstein said Saturday night.
Pargo played three seasons for the Bulls (2003-’06) before moving on to New Orleans in 2007-08. He signed a $3.8 million deal with Moscow Dynamo last summer, but played only part of the season in Russia before the franchise’s financial woes caused them to buy out his contract. Pargo finished the season with Olympiakos of Greece. Pargo averaged eight points a game for the Hornets two years ago as Chris Paul’s backup.
The Bulls are trying to replace some of the scoring load lost with Gordon departing for a $55 million deal with the Detroit Pistons.
Ben Gordon’s insistence that the Bulls never made him an offer before he took a $55 million deal from Detroit – that the Bulls no longer wanted him – was met with a roll of the eyes from his old franchise, league sources said.
Gordon turned down offers of $50 and $54 million over the past two years, and league sources familiar with the talks say Gordon’s agent, Raymond Brothers, told Chicago management on Wednesday that he had an offer from the Pistons. Only, Brothers wouldn’t tell the Bulls how much Detroit was willing to pay. Even so, the agent still wanted Chicago to “counter.”
For Chicago to make a blind bid – as the agent wanted them to do – would’ve been silly and the Bulls never did.
Would the Bulls have gone to 11 million a year for Gordon? Sources don’t think so. With Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and John Salmons returning in the backcourt, with Luol Deng healthy again in summer workouts, it made little financial sense for Chicago.
hmmm. guess gordon lost desire to play for the bulls don't know why after that amazing 1st round series.
As far as Chicago i don't think pargo is as good as Gordon. but, you have to go with what's there. Pargo has game and chicago needs an sg so hey it fits.