With Derrick Rose hampered by a minor injury, the Chicago Bulls have called up Mike James from the D-League for a little added bench depth at the guard position. He is expected to play tonight as the Bulls take on the Washington Wizards, according to ESPN.
James, 36, spent last season in China and Turkey before returning to the States earlier this month. He appeared in three games for the D-League’s Erie BayHawks, averaging 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Rose collided with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver in the first quarter of last night’s win, aggravating his case of turf toe. He remained in the game but later was taken to the locker room to be taped up. He is now wearing a walking boot and considered day-to-day. Fellow Bulls guards Rip Hamilton (groin) and C.J. Watson (elbow) are also nursing minor injuries.
James has been around the block a few times, playing for nine different teams in nine NBA seasons with career averages of 10.5 points and 3.6 assists per game. The terms of his new contract with the Bulls are unknown, but it’s assumed to be a short-term, low-risk contract for the veteran guard.