First, there was this from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
While Chicago’s trying hard to move Rip Hamilton to lower payroll, Bulls aren’t inclined to include draft pick to sweeten deal, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
In some ways, this is actually a good thing. Much better that the Bulls keep Hamilton and either buy him out or try to trade him than give up an actual asset for him. It hurts Jerry Reinsdorf’s wallet, but screw him. The fact is that nobody really wants to take Rip, even without giving anything up for him.
Then, a few minutes later, we heard this from Ken Berger of CBS.
Bulls have cooled on J.J. Redick. Due to luxury tax, Chicago unlikely to pay him as a free agent this summer so reluctant to give up pick.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 21, 2013
This just makes me want to slam my face into a wall for a few hours. Let’s work through the logic, here.
- The Bulls would like to have J.J. Redick on their team this season.
- They attempted to trade for him, but discovered getting someone actually good would require them to give up a draft pick, which they won’t do.
- They decided that having an actual good player on their team would be too expensive going forward, so they wouldn’t re-sign him.
It seriously boggles the mind. The Bulls could easily put together a Hamilton and Marco Belinelli package, sweeten it with a first-rounder — or possibly the pick the Bulls acquired from Charlotte in the Tyrus Thomas trade a few years ago — and get Redick, who is basically perfect for this team, by the way. But they won’t do it, and not because they don’t recognize that Redick would help them, but because he would ruin their precious “flexibility” going forward.
At this point, I don’t even get mad. I’m just sad, now.
OK, I’m also a little mad. OK, a lot mad. Would it be too much to ask for at least some effort from the front office?