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Midday Stampede: The Bench Mob Is No More

The Bulls decline to pick up the options on C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer

By Bryan Crawford
|  Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012  |  Updated 3:39 PM CDT
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Midday Stampede: The Bench Mob Is No More

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For the past two seasons, Bulls fans have fallen in live with the Bench Mob. Now, they'll have to get used to life in Chicago without them.

The Bench Mob was more than a novelty and a cool name. Over the past two seasons, the Chicago Bulls reserves played an integral part in helping the team achieve the best record in the NBA.

But like all good things, they must eventually come to an end.

The team will officially part ways with reserve point guard C.J. Watson and shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, the Chicago Tribune reported. The team had until Tuesday to pick up their options for the 2012-2013 season.

Brewer is viewed as expendable with Jimmy Butler being prepped to more more minutes in the upcoming season, and Watson's days were numbered when the Bulls drafted Marquis Teague from Kentucky and agreed to terms with veteran guard Kirk Hinrich.

All that remains is a decision on Kyle Korver whom the Bulls have informed they'll make a decision on his future with the club by Sunday, and whether or not the team will match Houston's offers sheet on Omer Asik.

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