THE CHICAGO Bulls used to boast of one of the deepest benches in the league, but this off-season, players departing have become the trend for the Windy City's franchise.
The Bulls dealt forward Kyle Korver to the Atlanta Hawks, in exchange for cash and a $5-million trade exception, ESPN Chicago reported.
The move comes on the heels of the team declining to renew the contracts of back-up point guard CJ Watson, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets, and shooting guard Ronnie Brewer.
Korver shot 43.5 percent from downtown last season, up from his career average of 41.3 percent. He also normed 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Watson, on the other hand, signed for the veteran's minimum with the Nets after getting 25 starts at the point guard position last year due to injuries to last season's MVP Derrick Rose. The undrafted Watson normed 9.7 points, 1.0 rebounds, and a career-best 4.1 assists in the regular season.
Jamison picks Lakers over Bobcats
The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell is reporting that free agent forward Antawn Jamison will opt to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers instead of his hometown Charlotte Bobcats, citing an informed source.
Jamison is currently in Europe on vacation, the Observer adds, but he is "expected to sign with the Lakers once he returns to the United States later this week."
The Brooklyn Nets were also hoping to secure the 14-year veteran's services.
Jamison's prior team was the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his contract with the squad expired this off-season, making him an unrestricted free agent. He missed just one game last season, averaging 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals.
The 36-year-old product of the University of North Carolina would help bolster the bench scoring of the Lakers, and give new acquisition, two-time MVP Steve Nash, more weapons to pass to.
Mayo to sign with the Dallas Mavericks
Free agent guard OJ Mayo announced on Twitter that he will be signing with the Dallas Mavericks.
Financial terms and the length of the contract were not disclosed.
Mayo become an unrestricted free agent when the Memphis Grizzlies declined to sign him to a qualifying offer sheet, which meant that the Grizzlies would not have the ability to match contracts offered to him.
After starting all 164 games in his first two seasons, Memphis moved Mayo to a reserve role, where his numbers took a sharp decline. He played all 66 games during the lockout-shortened season, posting averages of 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals.
Kings revamp roster
The Sacramento Kings signed free agent point guard Aaron Brooks and traded for forward James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors, in a pair of moves designed to shore up the holes in their roster.
In the process however, the team waived reserve big man Hassan Whiteside in order to create room in their line-up for the new additions.
The 2009-10 Most Improved Player spent last season in China with the Guangdong Southern Tigers, after signing there during the lockout. He was originally extended a qualifying offer by the Phoenix Suns, the last team to hold his rights prior to his stint overseas, but the team later withdrew it, opting instead to go with free agent Goran Dragic.
The 2007 first round draft pick by Houston has career averages of 12.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists. (GMA News)