The Big Stinking Pile of Bull(s)

This front office is undoubtedly one of the worst in the league. Watching what was a promising lineup falter at trying to maintain a .500 win percentage is legitimately cringe worthy. The front office has squandered the previous four trade deadlines by doing practically nothing, and I’ll wager that they sit this trade deadline out again. In my opinion, the Bulls have one of the best trade-bait primed rosters in the Eastern Conference. Mirotic, Gibson, Portis and even McDermott are players that the Suns, 76ers, Timberwolves, Heat, Lakers, Blazers and Nuggets could all benefit from acquiring.
The players that should never come out in trade discussions are Wade, Rondo, Butler, Lopez and Michael Carter-Williams. Yet, for the last three seasons at every deadline, Butler comes up in regards to all the possible places he’d be traded while this season Rondo is being mentioned in a possible acquisition to the Cavs. This, right here, is the glaring sign that this front office is incapable of finding true success with their current direction. Jimmy Butler needs to be in the conversation of elite players in the league. Not great. Not superstar. Elite. Butler was essentially the only reason Wade left for Chicago (Miami circumstances aside) and he has said in an interview that if the front office deals Jimmy he’s walking away from the Bulls. So with the above mentioned players being so available and so valuable to other franchises with legitimate opportunities for the Bulls to better their team chemistry and offensive schemes, why is their elite player a ‘not that far off’ offer?
Their system is flawed and it has nothing to do with the two championship caliber guards the front office is for some reason trying to “reign in”. They land Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade to compliment Jimmy G Buckets in the offseason, and are a conversation piece about potential rebuilds? You don’t rebuild with Dwayne Wade, period. Here it is: (and it won’t come as a surprise to you true fans) Fred Hoidberg has no place in this league. He has a lackluster offense, a transitionally weak defense and his courtside demeanor makes you question if he even cares about the outcome of the game. Professional athletes are continually quoted in interviews talking about the benefits from a coach who really gets after them and expects perfection at every opportunity (i.e. Popovich, Kerr and Thibs). Hoidberg should be communicating his needs to the front office so he can try and get a more aggressive roster that can really propel this team into the top 4 in the East. My prediction was top 6 by the end of the season, and that’s obtainable, but looking at the top 4 teams in the East right now (Cavs, Raptors, Celtics and Hawks) these are all teams that the Bulls have beaten and can continually compete with on a regular basis. If the Bulls can negotiate a trade for a player like Kenneth Faried, someone who the Nuggets said was available for the right price, he could have very real and very productive changes for this franchise. This is one example of the kinds of players that the Bulls could have traded for but not the only trade scenario possible. Nerlens Noel, Evan Turner, Demarcus Cousins, Goran Dragic, Jahlil Okafor, Ricky Rubio and Kyle Korver were/are all on the trading blocks and could have been obtained by the Bulls through aggressive negotiations and fair trade values.
Here’s the point: this front office has invested it’s time and money in the wrong coach, and they continually watch trade deadlines come and go while only instilling doubt and uncertainty in their franchise player. I hesitate at the notion that they will take advantage of some of their trade worthy players, and I trust they will continue to invest in and show support for Hoidberg which will only waste precious time for players’ careers. If they truly have a problem with Rondo, which it genuinely sounds like all he wants to do is win, they have a number of trade scenarios that would solve their “Rondo problem” immediately. It’s time to part ways with Gar Forman and John Paxon, take the financial loss with Hoidberg and move into the right direction for the club by hiring a front office that will begin to recognize the potential and importance of Butler, and begin to invest in the right players who will garner the most success.
All ideas, thoughts and predictions are intellectual property of the original author.

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