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Bulls bringing back familiar face for backcourt depth

It seemed like a curious move when the Bulls threw in Justin Holiday as a condition of the Derrick Rose trade last June, Holiday being a solid, low-maintenance wing who could shoot.

The Bulls must've thought it was curious too, considering they're bringing Holiday back on a two-year deal worth $9 million, sources tell CSNChicago.com. Holiday averaged 7.7 points for the Knicks last year, playing all 82 games as he shifted between shooting guard and small forward.

Holiday was originally acquired in a trade involving Kirk Hinrich at the 2015-16 trade deadline, playing 27 games for the Bulls and shooting 43 percent from 3-point range in the small sample size.

Holiday, 28, is the older brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, but hasn't found a team to stick with the way his younger brother has. But the Bulls like him because of his versatility and their need for performers on the wing after trading Jimmy Butler and with Zach LaVine's debut being in the air with his recovery from ACL surgery.

On a short deal, Holiday presumably fits some of the things the Bulls are looking for as they head into what should be a rough rebuilding year, as he won't cause a lot of noise and his professionalism will be valued in a young locker room.