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Report: Bulls sign D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

Utah v Georgetown

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 21: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera #4 of the Georgetown Hoyas drives against Brandon Taylor #11 of the Utah Utes in the first half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 21, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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The Bulls might be retooling, but they’re emphasizing a playoff berth this season. They wouldn’t have signed Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, otherwise.

So, it’s important for Chicago to plug all its holes.

A key one: Backup point guard. The Bulls have several candidates – Jerian Grant, Isaiah Canaan and Spencer Dinwiddie – but none who’ve proven to be a reliable NBA rotation player.

Another option now: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports:

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera signed a training camp deal with the Chicago Bulls this week, a league source informed

Smith-Rivera is probably headed to the D-League as an affiliate player after the Bulls waive him. But Chicago has just 13 players – two shy of the regular-season roster limit – on guaranteed salaries, and one is Dinwiddie, who has produced only spotty NBA-caliber play in two seasons with the Pistons. It isn’t inconceivable the Bulls carry four point guards to increase their odds of finding a decent backup and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera claims the last spot.

But that’s a lot of ifs, and the odds are firmly against Smith-Rivera sticking beyond the preseason.

Smith-Rivera went undrafted out of Georgetown this year. He’s a scoring guard, capable of shooting from outside and converting at the rim when he gets there. But his 6-foot-3 size demands he become more of a point guard at the next level. His playmaking improved over a four years in college, but not nearly enough yet. A lack of explosiveness makes skill development even more of a necessity.

He’ll likely undertake that challenge with the Windy City Bulls. First, he’ll have an opportunity to exceed expectations with the parent club.