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Bulls bolster bench depth with Radmanovic

Published: Friday, July 20, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

CHICAGO – The Bulls have plucked a well-traveled veteran out of the NBA’s free-agent bargain bin.

On Thursday, the Bulls signed 11-year veteran Vladimir Radmanovic to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Radmanovic, 31, is a 6-foot-10, 235-pound power forward who is more of a perimeter shooter than an inside presence. The Belgrade, Serbia, native averaged 4.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists a game in 49 appearances (three starts) last season with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bulls will mark the seventh team for Radmanovic, whose career has included stints with the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors and Hawks. He has averaged 8.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 712 career games, along with a .380 career shooting percentage from 3-point range.

In all likelihood, Radmanovic will occupy one of the bench spots left vacant by the departures of Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer. Former Bulls guard John Lucas III also is expected to go elsewhere, while the future of backup center Omer Asik remains uncertain.

Asik has agreed to sign a three-year offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, but he has yet to sign a formal contract. Once that happens, which could be as soon as today, the Bulls will have three days to decide whether to match the offer reportedly worth up to $25.1 million.

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