The Bulls have confirmed the signing of veteran point guard Mike James, who was averaging 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three games with the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League.
"He's an experienced guy, tough, hard-nosed, can shoot the ball, can run a pick and roll," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He'll fit in well."
The eight-year NBA veteran appeared in four games with the Wizards in 2009-10. He has played in 528 regular season games while averaging 10.5 points, 3.6 assists in 25.2 minutes.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was an assistant with the Rockets when James played in Houston in 2007.
"Defensively, he's been through the system before so he'll pick that up very quickly," Thibodeau said. "Offensively, he's always been a excellent pick-and-role player. We'll gear his package more toward pick and rolls."
Backup point guard C.J. Watson was shooting and doing ball-handling drills before the game. Watson sprained his left elbow Dec. 30 and hopes to return Monday in Memphis.
"Maybe a little bit," Watson said when asked if he would speed up his timetable if Rose misses more games. "We'll see how he feels. I don't know how long he'll be out but Monday is the date for now."
Rip Hamilton (groin) also did not play.
"He's coming along great, as is C.J.," Thibodeau said of Hamilton. "They're both very close."