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Making Sense of Trade Deadline MADNESS

This past Thursday was the most amazing trade deadline in years for us basketball junkies. So much occurred in the 11th hour before the clock hit 3:00 PM EST. Twitter was a tweeting as deals were being reported left and right and everything was coming at us at once. All of this was really hard to digest right away, and still a few days later it’s not entirely clear what every team was thinking. So here’s your guide through what actually went down, and why.

Before we get to the “nitty-gritty” and the game of “point guard roulette” that was played, lets quickly recap all the minor trades that transpired. I’m going to skip over the really inconsequential moves because nobody wants to hear my rambling thoughts on Pablo Prigioni going from New York to Houston, or why Ramon Sessions was traded for the 147th time. Here we go…

Celtics acquire Isaiah Thomas from Suns for Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick from the Cavaliers

Why did it happen?

The Celtics have been pretty fond of Isaiah Thomas dating back to last off-season. Danny Ainge saw an opening to get him and in exchange gave away one of their many future 1st round picks. The Celtics are the most “un-tanky” of all the “tankiest” teams in the league (those are words now). Boston is really not helping themselves only being bad enough to secure the somewhere around 11th pick in lottery. Suns pick up a future asset and cut their losses with the ill-fated Thomas signing.

76ers trade K.J. McDaniels to Rockets for Isaiah Canaan and 2015 second-round pick

Why did it happen?

K.J. McDaniels is on a goofy one year deal and because of his play this year some team is likely to give him an offer sheet that the Sixers aren’t interested in paying. Further, many in Philadelphia are saying that Sam Hinkie doesn’t really want to deal with K.J.’s agent after botching the initial contract negotiations. Plus the Sixers really like Isaiah Canaan and have tracked him since last year’s draft, and now have an obvious void at PG. Houston grabs another wing player who can defend really well and could see minutes in the playoffs.

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Brooklyn sends Kevin Garnett to Minnesota for Thaddeus Young

Why did it happen?

Flip Saunders is a genius, and when I say genius, I mean he makes other GM’s look like geniuses. T’Wolves traded a first round pick for 50 games of Thad Young, and then traded Thad so they could have a family reunion with the corpse of KG. Now they may want to extend the contract of said corpse. Flip you continue to amaze us all.

Trail Blazers acquire Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee from Nuggets in exchange for Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson and a lottery-protected 2016 first round draft pick

Why did it happen?

Blazers get a key pickup in Afflalo who can provide scoring off the bench, something Portland needs desperately. Only costs them a future first rounder, and likely a pick that will land between 22-30. Nuggets who are now in a rebuild, acquire an asset.

All of this brings us to one of the biggest trade deadline clusterf&*%s we’ve ever seen…let’s dive into it.

In three-team trade, the Thunder acquire Enes Kanter and Steve Novak from the Jazz for Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett and two draft picks (one from the Pistons); Oklahoma City also receives D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler from Detroit for Reggie Jackson.

Why did it happen?

Let’s start with the Jazz. Kanter publicly announced he wanted out, Utah obliged and picked up some future draft picks. The Jazz are eager to start the Rudy Gobert era, and losing Kanter probably won’t haunt them. Detroit upgraded the PG position in hopes to squeeze into one of the final playoff spots in the East this season and prepare for the future. Reggie is for sure an upgrade from Augustin, and they could choose to resign him this off-season as an insurance policy if Brandon Jennings recovery is stunted. But that is something Stan Van Gundy will have to attend to later. They desperately want to make the playoffs, that’s why the deal went down.

Which brings us to OKC, who is a clear winner in this trade. They discarded an unhappy Reggie Jackson for a low post threat in Kanter, as well as some solid bench pieces in Augustin, Singler, and Novak. This gives OKC a really deep roster which could spur them to a title run this year. Augustin can definitely hold his own as a backup PG; Kanter at times is a very gifted low post scorer and may command double teams on some nights. They also acquire two lights-out three point shooters that could hit some big shots during the playoffs with so much defensive attention constantly going towards Durant and Westbrook.

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In three-team trade, Suns send Goran and Zoran Dragic to Heat in exchange for Danny Granger and two draft picks, while also acquiring John Salmons from Pelicans; New Orleans gets Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams from Miami.

Why did it happen?

Dragic was emphatic over the displeasure he had with the Suns front office, and basically forced Phoenix’s hand to deal him before the deadline passed. Pat Riley savvily stole Dragic for essentially nothing: some fringe NBA players and future first round picks that Riley himself will probably never be in office to select. Miami’s league-worst stable of point guards was their one true weakness now that Hassan Whiteside has emerged as the reincarnation of Alonzo Mourning.

Acquiring Dragic, who was second team All-NBA last season, was such a huge acquisition for Miami that for a short 24 hours they perhaps were a dark horse title contender before Chris Bosh’s scary blood clot issue was discovered. But Miami will likely be able to resign Goran during the offseason and could potentially compete in 2016. More importantly, Bosh will be okay. So the Suns acquire more future picks and rid themselves of an unhappy Dragic. They also receive Danny Granger and John Salmons, who both could be waived or just wither away on the bench for the rest of the season. New Orleans get a warm-blooded backup PG in Norris Cole, which is something they need if they are to beat out OKC for the eight spot, though it is highly unlikely. Jrue Holiday’s injury is taking a turn for the worse, and you really can’t have Tyreke Evans playing 40 minutes a night at the point.

In three-team deal, Bucks send Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall to Suns in exchange for Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee; Additionally, Phoenix sends their protected 2015 first-round pick from the Lakers to 76ers, and Philadelphia sends Michael Carter-Willams to Milwaukee

Why did it happen?

This was clearly the most shocking trade of the whole deadline. The Bucks imploding their frontcourt and trading their leading scorer during a playoff run is not a strategy many teams subscribe to. The Bucks must have felt that impending restricted free agent Brandon Knight was worth more to the open market this summer than he was to their organization. Milwaukee is not interested in paying a dollar figure potentially between $12-15 million that Knight will command this summer. So instead they swap in Michael Carter-Williams who is at least under team control for two more years.

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The problem is they’re swapping Knight for possibly the worst shooter in the entire league. They do gain a 6’6″ point guard and now have a stable of players who are extremely long and can defend multiple positions. Jason Kidd likely sees a lot of himself in MCW and must feel that he can work with him to fix his woeful jump shot.

The Bucks definitely improve on defense, but will now really struggle to score the ball in the halfcourt and don’t really have someone to go to in crunch time. That will really hinder them this season, but going forward with Jabari Parker and the Greek Freak, they will surely be an interesting team to watch. They also acquire Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis to add more bodies to an already deep bench.

The Suns get a pretty good replacement for Goran Dragic in Brandon Knight. Dragic is much better than Knight, but Knight may fit better into the Suns guard dominated offense. Knight is much more a combo guard than Dragic was and can be a prolific scorer. The duo of Bledsoe and Knight seems like a more natural fit than the Bledsoe and Dragic duo, because Knight can easily transition into the 2 spot. They painted themselves in a corner when they alienated Dragic and were forced to deal him and try and get some value before he became a free agent this summer. Phoenix really screwed this up, but Brandon Knight could pay dividends for the Suns eventually.

What won’t pay dividends is the idiotic move to trade the Lakers top five protected pick to Philadelphia. It’s just insane to let that pick go. They must have proposed multiple deals not involving the Lakers pick before they eventually caved to Milwaukee and Philadelphia’s demands. Losing the pick is bad, but losing Dragic and getting nothing return is worse. So they downgraded from Dragic to Knight and let go of an asset that had the potential to land them a future star this summer. Wow. That’s some Flip Saunders-like ineptitude.

So here’s what the Sixers and Sam Hinkie were thinking when they dealt away the “current” face of the franchise. The Sixers are not in the business of trying to become average; they’re trying to reach greatness. To the Sixers, MCW was just an average prospect who may have hit his ceiling. They did not view him as a future cog going forward; he plays the deepest position in the entire league and is 100% replaceable in their eyes.

Another reason for ditching MCW is that his numbers are inflated because of the run ‘n’ gun style the Sixers play, they have more offensive possessions than most teams. He also constantly has the ball in his hands and only shoots 38% from the field, and 26% from three (I just threw up in my mouth reading those numbers). His numbers are just awful by any standards for a starting guard in this league.

The Sixers want to develop a team around stars and MCW is never going to be one. By acquiring the Lakers’ protected pick, they are just giving themselves another opportunity to hit the lottery and draft a potential building block. They don’t really feel like they are taking a huge step back by shedding MCW either. By draft, trade, or free agency, the Sixers are constantly seeking the right opportunity to nab a superstar. Hinkie himself is one of the guys who orchestrated the James Harden trade. That is a type of scenario that they will be looking for moving forward, besides just drafting talent. Remaining flexible by staying way under the salary cap and gathering tons of valuable assets is what will make the Sixers a desired trade partner when a star from another team becomes available.

It’s not often those types of draft picks like the Lakers’ become available. It has the potential to be great, and the Sixers were selling high on MCW. Especially considering he’s a PG who can’t shoot and whose only viable trait is his height. All of this trying to acquire and develop around stars is easier said than done, I realize. But what the Sixers want to do is build something that will last not just a few years, but possibly for a decade or longer. The Sixers management is dedicated to building something special and you can begin to see through the mist if you squint really hard. The Hinkie strategy may seem outrageous to many and logical to few, but on Thursday they made the easy decision.

BULLet Points: Healthy Starters Fuel Win Over Pistons

  • Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah all started a game together for the first time and the results were very enjoyable. Each starter had a positive double digit plus minus, while all the bench players were negative.
  • Rose looked great after sitting out the last two games. He was active early and often in his 32 minutes, scoring 24 points on 9/20 shooting and dishing out seven pretty assists. SB Nation has all sorts of highlights in Vines for you. The play that really stood out to me was a double clutch pass that shouldn’t be physically possible. Jo grabbed it and finished inside.
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  • Speaking of Joakim Noah, he had by far his most complete game of the season. He finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes of his own. He only shot 5/13 and is clearly still working his way back, but the results were encouraging.

  • Pau Gasol locked up his fifth double double in eight games…by halftime! He finished with 17 points, 15 boards, four assists and four blocks. While his defensive rebounding had quietly been an issue, Pau did a much better job boxing out tonight. He’s been the Bulls’ most consistent player by far.

  • The Bulls finally won the rebounding battle, outboarding the Pistons 49-46. It was pretty much even throughout the game, but with a starting lineup including Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond (not Drummund), the margin was more than satisfactory.
  • Jimmy Butler played 43 minutes, including the entire second half. Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott got ten minutes combined. Tony Snell did not sniff the floor. Something to keep an eye on.
  • A late foul by ex-Bull DJ Augustin gave Derrick Rose the Big Mac clinching free throws that the fans were craving. The Bulls have played three home games but were yet to deliver the Macs.
  • No one on Detroit had a particularly good game, although it is extremely entertaining watching Stan Van Gundy shake his head after terrible Josh Smith shots and pull Brandon Jennings for Augustin.
  • Greg Monroe pissed himself while getting a DUI this summer. It has nothing to do with the game, but I think it’s important we remember this. Have any of your friends ever gotten so drunk that they peed themselves? They were probably too drunk to walk, let alone drive, right? Screw Greg Monroe. He put innocent people’s lives in grave danger. Remind people about this when you can.
  • The Bulls get two days off before taking on the conference leading Toronto Raptors on Thursday. The off days should do wonders for the banged up Bulls after a stretch of five games in seven nights.


The Ultimate Bulls-Wizards Preview


If you haven’t yet, check out Bick’s terrific playoff previews: EAST / WEST

The Bulls and Wizards will begin play on Sunday evening at the United Center in what may be the most even matchup in the Eastern Conference. The interesting thing about this matchup is that it seemed very unlikely that these teams would even be faced up against one another. The Bulls fought tooth and nail for the three seed til game 82 only to fall just short, while the Wizards briefly lost control of even the sixth seed before somehow ending up at five (the Nets resting for the final two games had something to do with this). Now, the Bulls and Wiz will fight for the right to upset Indiana or dispose of Atlanta. The Wizards won the first two matchups between the teams, while the Bulls routed the Wiz more recently in the third. Here are some of the series’ key components to keep track of:


Playoff experience can be overrated, but it’s undoubtedly important to some extent. For example, both Michael Jordan and LeBron James played more than half a dozen seasons before winning their first rings. Furthermore, Chris Paul has never made it out of the second round. On the other hand, the Thunder stormed to the Finals in 2012 on the backs of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. The Bulls are playoff veterans, having made the postseason each season since Derrick Rose was drafted. Joakim Noah relishes the playoff spotlight; even in his second season, he made the famous block on Paul Pierce and ensuing coast-to-coast and-1 score. Jimmy Butler played 48 minutes three straight games last year, and Taj Gibson has played meaningful playoff minutes for five seasons.

On the other hand, the Wizards have very limited playoff experience. John Wall and Bradley Beal will get their first taste of playoff ball against the Bulls. It may be difficult for the two to adjust to the improved game-planning that comes from seeing the same opponent over and over again, especially with Tom Thibodeau running things. Nene has 44 playoff games under his belt and Trevor Ariza has actually won a ring with Kobe, so the Wizards do have some veteran leadership that’s been there before. Still, it will be interesting to see how the young team fares.


This is the biggest advantage for the Bulls in round one. For starters, Tom Thibodeau has a career winning percentage of .657 while Randy Wittman is sittin’ on a cool .367. Thibs has won more games while coaching more than 200 less than Wittman. More specifically though, Thibodeau is the top defensive coach in the league and adept at adjusting matchups on the fly. He sticks with his favorite players a little too long occasionally (ahem…Kirk Hinrich), but what coach doesn’t? (Besides Pops. Pops is a Terminator.) Wittman is literally one of the worst coaches in history. He’s lost more locker rooms than playoff series he’s won, but he did do a nice job turning this team into a legit squad. Still, if things go south for the Wizards, it’s hard to imagine Wittman making good adjustments over the course of a series.

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Stat-savvy hoops fans already know that the corner 3 is the most efficient non-dunk in the game. Three is greater than two, and the corner is the shortest distance from the hoop. John Wall is the best in the league at finding open shooters in the corners, both by the numbers and the eye test. Anyone that’s watched Trevor Ariza drop 40 knows how great Wall’s passing is. On the other hand, the Bulls are excellent at keeping guys out of the corners. Even though Washington took two of three from the Bulls this year, they struggled from their usual hot spots in the corners.

A lot of the outcome of this matchup is tied up in who wins this battle. If Wall can find Beal, Ariza and Martell Webster open in the corners, not even likely DPoY Joakim Noah will be able to slow down Washington’s offense. However, limiting corner 3s is always one of Thibs’ priorities and the former CoY has no doubt been scheming all week. Keep an eye on this one.


The Bulls, as we oft discuss here, have easily the worst offense of teams still playing while the Wizards have a slightly below average offense. However, the Bulls characteristically finished the year #2 in defense and the Wizards were tied for ninth. This is not going to be a pretty series. Both teams excel at slowing the game down and beating you with their defenses, but Wall-led fastbreaks are an x-factor that could really hurt Chicago. Wall is a pickpocket in the backcourt and Trevor Ariza has earned his reputation as a top defensive stopper. Gortat does a solid job guarding the rim and Nene is excellent at altering shots while avoiding fouls.

Of course, you already know about the Bulls defense, but it’s nice to relish it sometimes. Joakim Noah will do his thing patrolling the entire half-court and it should be fun watching Jimmy Butler rack up steals and lock up Bradley Beal around the perimeter. Expect a lot of Taj Gibson, as Carlos Boozer hasn’t played in the fourth quarter in weeks. Don’t be surprised if a lot of these games end in the high 70s or 80s.

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The Bulls have basically been using a playoff rotation since DJ Augustin joined the team in December. Hinrich, Butler, Dunleavy, Boozer, Noah, Gibson and Augustin play all of the significant minutes, with an occasional Nazr Mohammed or Tony Snell cameo. Washington doesn’t have the deepest rotation, but Nene’s inconsistent health has forced them to play around with a few more players. Wall, Beal and Ariza all played heavy minutes (Thibs Seal of Approval), but Trevor Booker, Drew Gooden and Al Harrington have had their minutes switched around often. Going further, the Wizards have several players between 9 and 20 minutes per game, while the Bulls rotation drops from 28 (Boozer) to 16 (Snell) to 7 (Mohammed). And Snell racked up most of his minutes when Butler was out.

Because Nene just returned to the rotation, the Wizards will try not to push him into heavy minutes. Opening up the rotation will force the Wizards to play inferior lineups when the Bulls go for the kill with Augustin, Butler, Dunleavy, Gibson and Noah to start the second and fourth quarters. If the Bulls can murder the Wizards bench lineups, the series won’t be close. Randy Wittman will have to utilize his bench effectively, which bodes well for Bulls fans. A lot is going to come down to the health and effectiveness of Nene.

PREDICTION: Bulls in 6

The Bulls have the talent and the coaching to put Washington away, and I expect them to. However, their utter lack of offense (no players averaging 15 PPG) will make it very difficult to score enough points against Washington’s legit defense. Wall has blossomed into a star point guard and will impose his will as much as possible. If the Wiz can shut down the Bulls and open up the corners, they can win the series. In the end, I think the Bulls’ defense will be too stifling and the offense will chip in enough.


BULLet Points: Taj’s Career Night Fuels Victory

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  • Taj was awesome tonight. He posted a career high 26 points on 11-15 from the field. And those 11 makes weren’t all put backs and layups. Taj made several difficult shots, those 12 footers from the baseline that always seem to rim in and out. Tonight they stayed down as Gibson, who got the start in place of the injured Carlos Boozer, gave Bulls fans a glimpse of what he is capable of doing in an expanded role.
  • DJ Augustin also had a monster game, scoring a game high 27 points. DJ was 8 of 14 from the field and 5 of 8 from distance. Augustin, like Gibson, found himself in the starting lineup while Kirk Hinrich rehabs back from whatever old man injury ails him this time a knee injury. DJ also dished out 7 assists as he looked very comfortable running the high screen and roll with Noah all game. Augustin continues to be a revelation for the Bulls who snagged him off waivers after being released by the Raptors.
  • Mike Dunleavy continued to shoot the ball well from three. The veteran who came to Chicago in free agency splashed 4-5 from deep Wednesday night. Dunleavy, who is shooting 40% on threes for the year, was +19 on the night to lead all Bulls.
  • The Cavaliers are bad in ways that is sad. A collection of individually talented players, the Cavs simply do not play like a team. Too many offensive possessions ended with stagnant jumpers being taken by either Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters. The two guards seem only interested in getting their own shots up and are not too concerned with involving the rest of the team. Mike Brown, a bright defensive mind, is simply unable to either construct a system that suits his players skill sets, or is unable to convince them to change their ways.
  • The big story going into tonight’s game was Luol Deng’s first game against the team that drafted him. Unfortunately for Deng, tonight was not the type of performance that will create any second guessers in Chicago. Deng scored 11 points in the game, but was just 2-11 on field goal attempts. Poor Luol spent a good chunk of offensive possessions standing still on the wing while Irving or Waiters dribbled around trying to create.
  • Joakim Noah extended his double digit rebounding streak to 14 games. His streak is the longest for a Bull since Dennis Rodman in 1997, who had freaking 43 double digit rebounding games in a row.
  • Finally, as I write this I am watching Spurs-Thunder and Durant has made me say “Oh my!” multiple times. It’s a good time to be a basketball fan.

Airing of Grievances



– Frank Costanza

Happy Festivus everybody! If you’re unfamiliar with this lovely holiday, I’ll give you a quick rundown. Festivus is a Costanza family tradition that involves a couple of key ingredients: instead of a tree, you put up an aluminum pole. Every year you have to wrestle your dad and can’t stop until you’ve pinned him. Finally, there is the Airing of Grievances, a chance for everyone gathered around the Festivus dinner table to yell about what you don’t like about the other dinner guests.

Well seeing as today is Festivus I’ve decided that I’m going to air some of my grievances with the Bulls.

Derrick Rose

Don’t worry everyone, I’m not going to go all Dan Bernstein on you and say something crazy, but I do have some grievances to air with Derrick. After hurting his knee again, the Bulls wisely got ahead of the story and definitively said that Derrick would be out for the remainder of the season. The will-he-won’t-he game of a year ago did nothing but frustrate Bulls fans as well as the guys on the team who were battling through bumps and bruises of their own.  While I was obviously disappointed that this season would be another wasted one, I was glad that the Bulls at least were doing their part to squash a potential PR nightmare.

But in Rose’s first press conference after the injury on December 5, Rose had this to say: “I mean if I’m healthy and the situation is right, I’m going to be back playing.”

I understand that Derrick is a competitive guy and obviously wants to be on the court contributing to this team that so desperately needs him. I understand that after spending an entire season waiting to play that this second injury must seem too cruel for DRose. But leaving the door open, a door that the organization already tried to close, is one of the dumbest things he could have done. Constant speculation is the worst possible thing for Derrick and the Bulls. If anything, it simply demonstrates a lack of cohesion from the top of the organization on down. If the Bulls were a well run team, management would have made sure Derrick didn’t stick his foot in his mouth in front of hundreds of microphones and cameras.

Gar Forman

It must be pretty great being the GM of the Bulls when you basically don’t have to do anything. Seriously, when was the last time this team did ANYTHING remotely interesting in terms of personnel moves? (The answer is of course Carlos Boozer, and we all know how well that has gone)

When Derrick went down it should have immediately become apparent that the rest of this team was going nowhere. This roster, which has come together almost completely by luck*, was certainly good enough to compete with Miami and Indiana with a healthy DRose. But without him its a group of guys who at best will be slaughtered in the first round of the playoffs.

When Rose went down, Forman should have sprung into action to move Luol Deng. Deng, who is in the final year of his contract and who was unable to come to terms on an extension this offseason, definitely has value to other teams who fancy themselves contenders or who just want to make a push to get into the post season.

But no trade talks have been heard coming from Chicago, and I don’t think it’s because the team is leak free. Forman seems to be content with letting things play out. And while he’s been sitting on his hands, Deng has suffered an Achilles injury, severely depressing any value he might have.

My prediction for how the Deng situation plays out? The Bulls do nothing all season. Luol and the Bulls fail to come to terms in free agency. Deng will join another team and the Bulls will have nothing to show for it. Why do I think this? Former Bull Omer Asik was in a similar situation with the team, and the Bulls were unable to get anything in return for the valuable big man who Houston is allegedly trying to turn into a first round pick and a contributing piece.

* While a lot of contenders have come together thanks to a little luck, the Bulls are a special case. 25 teams passed on Taj Gibson in 2009. Eight teams passed on Joakim Noah, a player who might have gone #1 overall had he left Florida a year earlier. 29 teams passed on Jimmy Butler. And Derrick Rose is only on the team because David Stern rigged the lottery to get the hometown kid to a struggling franchise of the will of God.

Tom Thibodeau

JESUS CHRIST STOP PLAYING THESE GUYS SO MANY MINUTES. DJ Augustin, who may be significantly better than Marquis Teague, should never ever play 40+ minutes in an NBA game. I know Teague sucks but you can’t tell me that Augustin wouldn’t have benefited from a quick breather in the Bulls recent win against the Cavs.

And it’s not just the point guards who have wonky minute distributions. Deng, who has been nursing a calf/achilles injury, played 42 minutes against ORLANDO last week and hasn’t been back on the court since.

Thibs is without a doubt brilliant. His defensive scheme has been copied by countless teams across the league and his offensive play calling is spectacular. But until he learns how to effectively juggle an NBA rotation serious questions about his ability to lead a team will be asked.

Jerry Reinsdorf 

Jerry Reinsdorf is one of the most infuriating owners in the league. People say that he is no longer deserving of the “cheep” label as the current roster is above the tax threshold. The Bulls had never paid the tax before last year and are on pace to do it twice.

This is complete bullshit. You know an easy way the Bulls could have avoided paying the tax this year? Amnestying Carlos Boozer. Boozer and his massive contract have been so detrimental to the Bulls. Brought on to be the complementary star to DRose, Boozer has been nothing more than a lazy defender who lights it up in the first quarter but disappears down the stretch of close games.

But Jerry refuses to amnesty Boozer, a move that would basically force the owner of the White Sox to pay Boozer to play somewhere else. The move, which is expensive for the owner, would give the Bulls cap room flexibility to try again to find another scorer to pair with Derrick.

Chicago, if you are unaware, is the third biggest market in the NBA after New York and Los Angeles, cities that field TWO NBA teams. Explain to me why the Lakers, Knicks and Nets have no problem paying for talent while the Bulls live in perpetual fear of crossing the tax threshold?

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