Everything didnt go so well this year for GarPax. Fred isn’t even the shadow of what Thibs was as a coach, Dougie is playing is playing at an MVP level if that league was back in a dorm room and had a nerf hoop up, Tony Snell has developed in the D League MVP he will be, D Rose is 26 going on 43, Michael Jeffrey Dunleavy was ouchy and Jimmy got paid! Not to mention Pau, Noah, Nico and Taj.
I think we can all admit this team should have been better than it is right now and at this point next year, they will be! Mark it down right here, put it in the book, take the over…you will see a different team next year. A better team!
Let me start with the poster child for dads eveywhere that want to be able to WALK into the gym to see their kid graduate, Mr. D Rose, whose contract will finally be up at the end of next season and he is going to be sniffing LA money. He wants to be in LA, he wants to be paid to be in LA and if not in LA he just wants to be paid, so he will actually need to dismiss his buddy “General Soreness” and prove to the league he can play more games than he sits. He will actually need to show he can be good again as well, so with his future on the line I do expect to see the best of D Rose next season and he will not be resigned, no matter what he does.
Noah’s contract is also up. $10 mill in cap money is on the table to bring someone else in. I am not just throwing away Noah as if he was an albatross. The guy was amazing for the Bulls organization on every level. If the guy wants to coach, I bring him back in a second. Couldnt ask for more effort, dedictation and leadership, but I think his knee will prevent him from playing again. If he can give you 10 minutes for $3 mill, OK, but other than that, he gets honored and we hope he stays around in some capacity.
Pau, Taj, Nico and MJD all have deals for next year. Work on getting these guys healthy and make a run with them for next year.
Dougie McNerf, not sure where to begin with this one. How Kyle Korver thrives in the NBA and Dougie can’t is beyond me, as I would think Dougie is more athletic. Maybe its time to just work on the three ONLY, but it’s hard to even say that as he is shooting 42% from 3 this year! If they have D camp, he needs to go. Maybe work on the flop but something needs to be done.
Tony Snell, I only mention because he was a 1st round pick and you always then need to go back and see if you could have got someone else? It was a late 1st rounder, so I won’t play second guessing couch GM, but an athletic 7 footer from Duke was taken later in the draft and is developing into a solid NBA player, but lets not dwell on the Snell reach at this point.
Bobby Portis, is a big part of this whole thing. He will have a year under his belt and will fill the role that Noah has left for him. He brings some new energy to the team as well.
When you have a player who has an expiring contract, you seem to get the best of that player, funny how that works.
Next year, you have expiring contracts all over this team, look for some really good efforts and result in a much better team. Regardless of the outcome, expect the team to be blown up after the 2017 season.