It’s hard to give John Paxson and Gar Forman credit, but they deserve just that after they moved Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzles for MarShon Brooks, Wayne Selden Jr. and two second-round picks.
OFFICIAL: The Chicago Bulls have traded Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies for MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr., as well as the Grizzlies’ 2019 and 2020 second-round picks. In a related move, the Bulls also waived Cameron Payne.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 4, 2019
Holiday should have been traded a year ago, but better late than never. In typical Gar/Pax fashion they also waived a player that should have never been acquired in the first place.
Bulls make it official, waiving Cam Payne. https://t.co/OG3Zl3wC1I
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 4, 2019
Dreams do come true!
In all seriousness, the Bulls gave up way too much to acquire Payne, who was apart of the Taj Gibson deal.
To acquire Doug McDermott, the Bulls traded two 1st rd picks (Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic)
To get rid of Doug McDermott, the Bulls traded Taj Gibson and a 2nd rd pick (this landed them Cam Payne)
In acquiring 2 2nds, they have just gotten rid of Cam Payne
— Drew Dinkmeyer (@DrewDinkmeyer) January 4, 2019
Thanks for making me remember that awful trade, Drew. The Bulls got absolutely fleeced on that deal and it still shows today. They also waited around for two years hoping Payne would be their point guard of the future. Yea, no.
Payne finished this season with a -19.5 rating in 536 minutes. In case you didn’t know, that is the worst net rating in the entire league for a “rotational player.” I’m going to go out on a limb here and say he doesn’t find his way back to the NBA. Maybe, the G-league.
The Bulls will now focus on trying to move Jabari Parker and Robin Lopez. The hope is they can move both, which will open up playing time for the younger players on the roster. Lopez is another player who should have been dealt last season but wasn’t because the Bulls are the Bulls.
It’s not the worst thing in the world to have him around to be a role model for Wendall Carter Jr. though. Still, his time in Chicago shouldn’t last much longer.
Chandler Hutchison Opportunity
Rookie Chandler Hutchison will replace Holiday in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future. These are the things that are supposed to happen in a rebuild, not veterans playing 30 minutes a night.
Hutchison was the Bulls’ second-round pick this past June. He’s averaging 4.2 points per game this season. There is skill there. The rookie has length and is a very talented defender, all things you want out of a starting small forward.
In the next few weeks, we are going to see a lot of Hutchison and that’s a good thing. Let’s now see if dumb and dumber can figure out how to make a few more trades.
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