Today fans learned that the United Center might be under a full-blown Serbian invasion next season.
After a Y! Sports report (later confirmed by agent Marc Cornstein) broke Wednesday afternoon that the Chicago Bulls were among the front-runners to sign Minnesota’s recently amnestied former center Darko Milicic, a more substantial bit of information came across the newswire.
The Bulls reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with Serbian power forward Vladimir Radmanovic according to CSN’s David Kaplan, a report later confirmed by CSN reporter Aggrey Smith.
The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but all signs point to Chicago paying Vlad Rad the veteran’s mimimum, or close to it.
ESPN.com’s John Hollinger rates the sweet-shooting, six-foot-ten forward as a disastrously bad ball-handler who has good feet on defense but lacks strength and doesn’t always play hard.
Radmanovic, a finesse player in every sense, is also a very poor rebounder who struggles to create his own shot.
In 49 games with the Atlanta Hawks last season, the 31-year-old forward averaged 4.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in a reduced role. Vlad Rad shot 37% from three with the Hawks last season and has averaged 38% from distance and 8 points, 4 rebounds in his “illustrious” (comedic relief?) 11-year career.
Though his signing isn’t the splashy free agent catch Bulls fans are counting on, bringing in the lengthy sniper is a win for Gar/Pax and the Chicago front office. Radmanovic’s signing will go a long way in spacing the floor next season and figures to help replace Kyle Korver’s automatic jumper off the bench at a fraction of the cost.
Long-story short, it might not hurt for Bulls fans to start brushing up on their Serbian dialect.
And Chicago’s off-season rolls on…
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