Bulls re-sign Nocioni; add Smith
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls officially re-signed forward
Andres Nocioni to a multi-year extension Wednesday and signed forward Joe
Smith to a contract.
Per club policy, terms on the contracts were not released.
Nocioni, a 6-foot-7 native of Argentina, averaged a career-high 14.1 points
and 5.7 rebounds last year with the Bulls. In three seasons with Chicago,
Nocioni has averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.
“We are very happy to have Andres remain a member of our organization,” said
Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson. “During
his three seasons with us, he has played a key role to help change the culture
of our team.
“His passion and energy for the game of basketball are second to none, and he
has been a key member of our team because of that.”
Thought to be the top free-agent priority of the Bulls this off-season, Smith
averaged 8.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2006-07, splitting time
between the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers.
“(Smith) is a proven veteran, whose style of play matches ours,” said Paxson.
“We look for him to come in and play his game, and at the same time, help our
team improve upon last season.”
The 12-year pro has career averages of 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.