There have been rumblings recently that the Bulls would “be at the front of the line” to sign Chris Bosh to play for the Bulls during the 2017-2018 season, and that’s just crazy talk as far as we’re concerned.
Late last week my phone buzzed. It wasn’t a text from a friend or an email. What I read was, ‘Gar Forman and John Paxson Have No Plan’. Actually it was a notification stating that sources around the Bull’s organization believe the team is going to strongly pursue Chris Bosh in some capacity if he returns to the NBA.
The Bulls management set a goal of getting younger and more athletic at the beginning of last offseason. Since then, our team has essentially done the opposite, signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade. And now potentially this move.
I genuinely have no idea why the Bulls organization would consider adding a player like Bosh. Not only has his career been recently mired by health issues, he’s just old. Don’t get me wrong, Bosh has a sweet jumper, and in his day he could bang down low with the best of them.
Unfortunately, its 2017. The NBA is getting younger, and the Bulls need to as well. Bosh does not help in that department. The organization needs to either make a blockbuster deal to help Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, or abandon ship and initiate a full on rebuild.
However, I liked the news that I heard about the Bulls shopping Nikola Mirotic and Rajon Rondo because it is something other than staying the course, and floundering around the lower half of the Eastern Conference. The two players are unfortunately at maybe their all time low in value, respectively, and the Bulls should not expect much in return for them. If the Bulls want to get younger and more athletic, the team should float Taj Gibson, who is having an exceptional year, as well as Robin Lopez for teams who are looking at an upgrade in the big men department.
Instead of continuing to add veteran talent, the Bulls would best be served acquiring a younger talented player that can grow alongside Butler, whether it be DeMarcus Cousins or someone else. Wade has been fun, but the Bulls are basically his retirement plan, and he is not getting any better.
The most important thing to take from all of this is the lack of direction the organization has. Several years ago, the 76ers decided to abandon ship and press go on a full rebuild. While they have lost an immense number of games over the last seven or eight years, they decided on a direction, stuck with it, and now they are reaping the benefits of doing so with dynamic young talent.
I am not suggesting to take the 76ers route, but I am suggesting that Gar Foreman and John Paxson decide on a plan, and stick with it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Bulls’ management needs to step up and bring winning basketball back to our city. Chris Bosh will not help with that.