06 July 2012
An off-season that's only highlight so far has been the drafting of Marquis Teague. Now don't get me wrong, Teague is a good player and could have a potentially huge impact for the 2012-2013 Bulls. But, the Bulls needed more to go along with Derrick Rose -- something we obviously all saw in this years first round of the playoffs. We weren't nearly as good without Rose (as most teams wouldn't). It was clear that GM Gar Forman needed to acquire a big asset during the free agent frenzy via trade or persuading a player to sign outright.
I'm not here to rant on Forman either, not at all. We've fallen short, period.
Brandon Roy ... miss, going to Minnesota. Derek Fisher ... reportedly favoring Brooklyn, OKC and Dallas even more than Chi-town. We're still waiting on Captain Kirk. Willie Green??? What? Houston's Courtney Lee has been contacted, but, he has a lot of organizations knocking at his door. Oh yeah! Speaking of Houston ... remember them? Of course you do ... they signed center Omer Asik to a backloaded deal (eh-hmm, cough-cough ... the dude will make $15 million in his third and final year under contract) with an offer sheet that we probably can't afford to match, really.
Looks like a bunch of negative stuff up above.
What about Philadelphia's Lou Williams? Grizzly bear O.J. Mayo? Everyone is leaving Dallas -- and avoiding it -- why can't Delonte West? Felton? Sessions?
There are plenty of players out there that the Bulls can look into since the first crop I mentioned don't seem to favorable. (Hinrich has highest probability.) In correspondence to the names of Williams, Mayo and West among others, there is a slew of centers for the picking. None of them outside of Chris Kaman are All-Star capable. Unfortunately, Kaman, will probably demand more money than the likes of Sixers re-sign Spencer Hawes and our -- at the moment -- Asik. Both signed deals worth $13.1 million over two-years and $25.1 million over three-years respectively.
The Bulls need to add. So far, there's just been subtraction. With Derrick Rose probably missing at least 60 to 75 percent of the upcoming season, Deng possibly requiring wrist surgery -- however, that now seems to be a non-issue, Asik bolting for HOU, Aging Rip Hamilton, Boozer trade and amnesty rumors rolling through everyday, Watson and Brewer could be waived within the next four days, Noah's ankle ... there's just so much to go on and on about.
Needless to say, this is a tough time.
As a coach's kid, I've been taught that when "stuff" gets tough, you have to persevere, learn and improve. This is the perfect speed bump for the Bulls if you ask me.
Everyone remembers the famous day in the Windy City when the gallant 1.7% "Rose" above all and secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Looking back, that was obviously meant to be. We were gifted the pick. Things were lined up. Big things were coming, and we all knew that, the whole NBA knew it.
Call me crazy but I genuinely believe that everything happens for a reason. This is the time that the Bulls can earn their stripes. Without Rose, holes pegged through the roster, an improving Eastern Conference as well as a better NBA all together, the Bulls must stay a contender through hard work with what they have and pray that some help can be reeled in.
Today is Day 6 in free agency. No max-contract guys are available, but that doesn't mean that they're aren't plenty of solid pieces that the Bulls can't go after.
No doubt in my mind that Brandon Roy would be the ultimate prize in free agency for the Bulls despite Hinrich being reportedly tagged as the main target. But, that's just it, we have to keep going.
Yes, we haven't had a great off-season, but it will turn, I promise.
Don't worry Bulls fans, don't worry. But hey ... at least we aren't the Mavs ... sorry Mark.
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