By Ben Golliver
The Bulls announced the signing of free agent guard Daequan Cook on Sunday. The Chicago Tribune reports that Cook signed a veteran's minimum contract and should be in uniform for the Bulls when they face the Cavaliers on Monday.
A 2007 first-round pick by the Heat, Cook has made his NBA name off of outside shooting. The 2009 Three-Point Contest champion is a career 36.5 percent shooter but shot a career-best 42.2 percent for the Thunder in 2010-11. Cook was traded by Oklahoma City to Houston in the James Harden blockbuster deal in October, and he averaged 3.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game in 16 appearances for the Rockets. The sixth-year veteran holds career averages of 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Cook will join a Bulls backcourt that includes Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton, Marco Belinelli, Nate Robinson and Marquis Teague. Chicago, of course, is awaiting the return of franchise point guard Derrick Rose from a long-term knee injury. Rose has reportedly begun practicing, in part, with the Bulls but he's not expected back on the court until after the February All-Star break.
It's unclear exactly where Cook will slide in on the depth chart for the 18-13 Bulls, who are just 0.5 game behind the Pacers for the Central Division lead. Chicago ranks No. 23 in offensive efficiency and No. 18 in three-point percentage at 34.7 percent, so it's possible Cook could be of some use for coach Tom Thibodeau. Chicago has played at one of the league's slowest paces this season and is averaging just 92.5 points per game, fourth-lowest in the NBA.