CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls re-signed veteran center Nazr Mohammed. Terms of the deal with the former University of Kentucky star were not disclosed.
A 16-year veteran, Mohammed spent the past two seasons with Chicago. He appeared in 80 games last year and averaged 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds.
"I can't lie, I never could have envisioned this," said Mohammed after re-signing with his hometown Bulls for a 17th season. "I was hoping I'd get to double figures. If you get to 10 years, that's a hell of an accomplishment. I was hoping to get there and be at a point where I still loved playing. Now, I still do, along with the preparation and the camaraderie."
Mohammed has also played with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2010-12), the Charlotte Bobcats (2007-10), the Detroit Pistons (2006-08), the San Antonio Spurs (2004-06), the New York Knicks (2003-05), the Atlanta Hawks (2000-04) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1998-01).
Bulls General Manager Gar Forman said Mohammed's professionalism was a factor in bringing the 6-10, 250-pounder back.
"Nazr has been a great veteran presence for us the last couple years. He's a pro's pro," Forman said in a report on the team's website. "He's been a terrific fit with our team, whether it's in the locker room or on the practice floor. When he's called upon, he's proven to be a player who stays ready."
Being able to continue playing in Chicago "means a lot," Mohammed acknowledged. "I grew up in the city as a Bulls fan. So to get a chance to come back with a great team and try to compete for a championship with family and friends around is something that means a lot to me."
Mohammed said after last season that he hoped to play two more years.
"Right now, I'm year-to-year," Mohammed said. "My whole mindset has been that I'm going to keep playing as long as I don't mind the preparation. It's hard preparing for the season. As you get older, you've got to stay in even better shape and get lighter. I don't ever want to just be a roster spot; I want the coach to feel like if he needs me, he can put me in and I'll help a team win games."
Mohammed is looking forward to playing for an NBA title contender that will have a healthy Derrick Rose on the roster, plus new addition Paul Gasol.
"I'm extremely excited about this team," he said. "The way the East is right now, I feel like a healthy Bulls team will come with some very high hopes.
"That was one of the major factors with me even wanting to come back. I've got a lot of confidence in this team. We're very deep and we've got some young guys, who if called upon will be ready to play and contribute. I think that if we're healthy in the playoffs, with a coach like (Tom Thibodeau) and the preparation our coaching staff puts in, we're going to be a hard team to beat in a seven-game series."
Lamb signs with Mavs
DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent guard Doron Lamb.
The 6-foot-4 Lamb played 53 games for Orlando last season, averaging 3.6 points in 13 minutes.
Terms of Lamb's contract were not released Monday when the signing was announced by the Mavericks.
Part of Kentucky's 2012 NCAA championship team as a sophomore, Lamb was an early entry into the NBA Draft and Milwaukee took him in the second round.
Lamb played 23 games as a rookie for the Bucks before being dealt to the Magic in a six-player trade in February 2013. That deal sent J.J. Redick from Orlando to the Bucks for the rest of that season.