The Bulls “completed” their roster this offseason when they added
old veteran point guard Nate Robinson at the beginning of August, but Robinson wasn’t the Bulls first choice. Instead the Bulls extended an offer to another old veteran point guard before they settled for Robinson.
Earlier in the summer the Bulls were rumored to be after ex-Lakers guard Derek Fisher and the rumor turned out to hold water, as the Bulls extended a contract to Fisher sometime around the beginning of last month. Much to the displeasure of the Bulls front office (and likely very much to the pleasure of Bulls fans), Fisher turned down the offer.
The Bulls have spent this summer lustfully making ‘basketball decisions’ which was paper thin code for giving up to save a penny. Fisher likely noticed this and wasn’t about to be low balled by the Bulls who were probably forcing the veteran’s minimum on him. Fishers also probably didn’t like the prospect of backing up future MVP Kirk Hinrich and splitting minutes with Marquis Teague.
After all, Fisher would have been going from running alongside Kobe Bryant, to backing up Russell Westbrook to playing behind Hinrich. No disrespect to Hinrich, but that’s not a promotion.
This might be the end of the road for the NBA Champion, as it’s highly unlikely that Fisher will be retained by the Thunder. Oklahoma City drafted Reggie Jackson in the first round last year and he’ll likely start to get heavier work in the rotations. Fisher could hold-out until midseason sort of like when he was bought out last year by the Rockets and then signed with contending Oklahoma City.
But if he signs with a non-contender like New ORleans or God-forbid the Bobcats, it’ll show just how uninterested even the lousiest of free agents are to play in Chicago for little pay just to breath the same air Derrick Rose does.