Bulls give journeyman Cartier Martin a try on 10-day deal
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter January 10, 2014 10:40PM
Chicago Bulls v Milwaukee Bucks
Updated: February 12, 2014 6:16AM
MILWAUKEE — With Bulls guard Derrick Rose (right meniscus) out for the season and forward Luol Deng traded to Cleveland on Monday, it was only a matter of time before a new face was brought in, and on Friday one was, with the Bulls announcing they had signed free-agent forward Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract.
The 6-7, 220-pound Martin is in his sixth year in the NBA, having played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks.
In 25 games with the Hawks earlier this season, he averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
‘‘We’re excited to have him,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘He’s worked his way into the league, came up the hard way. We like that about him. He can play multiple positions, and he’s shown he can shoot the three.’’
Martin put in some extra work with the coaching staff before Friday’s game with the Milwaukee Bucks but did not play. The hope is that like D.J. Augustin, Martin will be a quick learner.
‘‘Just stay ready,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘We talked about the possibility of picking him up, and I think the sooner he got here and got started the better. But I think he’s a good fit for us.’’
Thibodeau said the Bulls also could be welcoming back 2012 first-round pick Marquis Teague from the Development League, where he has been playing the last few weeks for the Iowa Energy. The Energy plays three games in the next four nights, but after that it has only six games the rest of the month, so it might be the perfect time to have Teague rejoin the roster.
In six games, Teague was averaging 12 points and 5.2 assists per game.
‘‘I like what Marquis has done down there,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He’s had some good games. It gives him a chance to get into actual game situations, so I think it’s been a big plus, and I like what the result has been. [General manager] Gar [Forman] had a chance to watch him play, so I think that was good.’’
Thibodeau also said Erik Murphy, drafted in the second round last June, might be sent to Iowa soon to get minutes.
‘‘It’s important to be up here, but at the same time it’s important to play,’’ Murphy said. ‘‘I haven’t played in a game — a full game — really since preseason. So I think it would be something that’s valuable just to get a little rhythm and get some minutes.’’
Around the rim
Veteran Mike Dunleavy continued to fill the starting spot left with the Deng trade, scoring 18 points against the Bucks, and Thibodeau sounded as if he would settle on keeping him there for now.