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Augustin feels like he’s found a home in Chicago

Beyond the minor detail of focusing on providing much-needed offense for the NBA's lowest-scoring team, D.J. Augustin isn't kidding when he says his attention isn't on his impending free agency.

"We're having a son in May during the playoffs," Augustin said. "That's going to be my offseason. Once the season is over, I'm going to be in straight daddy mode with two children and trying to adjust to that."

If Augustin has his way, the newborn won't have to adjust to a new address.

"I love it here, and definitely want to be here," Augustin said. "I love the city. I love the fans. I love my teammates. I love playing for [Tom Thibodeau], who brings the best out of you. I'm comfortable here. I'm comfortable with the system. I think I can continue playing well here. But I understand it's a business."

Indeed, Augustin doesn't need today's showdown with the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers to remind him of that detail. But it could.

In 2012, Augustin ended a messy exit from Charlotte when he got out of his qualifying offer to sign with the Pacers 30 minutes later. But an expected, important reserve role never materialized, and Augustin went looking for a home as a free agent again last summer.

"I didn't get an opportunity there," Augustin said with no bitterness. "Systems are different. Coaches are different."

Given that Augustin subsequently fell out of the Raptors rotation and they eventually released him, one could say his 41.6 3-point percentage in 48 games with the Bulls is higher than his 0-for-2 free agency work.

"You never know what can happen in free agency," Augustin said.

In a scenario familiar to fans who pined for Nate Robinson's return, the Bulls would love to re-sign Augustin. And Augustin would love to be back. But as Augustin knows and says, it's a business, and fluid a situation.

"The guys we have on this team, nobody has an ego," Augustin said. "Everybody stays together and plays for each other. That just helps you play better on the court. I haven't had that on a lot of teams."

Stay tuned.

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