Monday, June 8, 2009

James will likely return to the Chicago Bulls next season, even though he's only appeared in 4 games over the past two seasons

By Anthony Caruso III

Jerome James will likely return to the Chicago Bulls next season. He was acquired by the Bulls, along with Tim Thomas and Anthony Roberson, for Larry Hughes. James never played in a game for the Bulls.

James has a $6.6 million player option pending for next season, because he would not get paid that much money on the open market. James has only appeared in only 4 games over the past two seasons. The Bulls could release James after he picked up his player option, or ask James to retire to get injury insurance to potentially inquire about a new player this summer.

James, who had a season-ending torn Achilles tendon injury, appeared in 5 minutes over those two games with the Knicks last season. He has been a questionable signing by Isiah Thomas in the summer of 2005 after he appeared in 80 games — the most ever in his career — to sign a 5-year, $30 million dollar contract.

James arrived in training camp out of shape in New York after signing his huge contract. But his time in New York was hampered by injuries or he did not play significant minutes due to coaches decisions after averaging just 3.1 points in his first season. He was even fined for being out of shape in January 2006.

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