During a late-night conversation with Sarahsotuh, the topic of the Chicago Bulls came up. Namely, power forward Carlos Boozer and his future with the team. It seems like few people know that the Minnesota Timberwolves had the money to land LeBron James or another big-time free agent last summer, but…why the hell would anyone who’s a legit starter sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent?
Anyway, the Timberwolves are in need of some solid size in their frontcourt, as Kevin Love and–wait for it–Darko Milicic are their only two legitimate bigs. Michael Beasley is a 3/4 tweener and Anthony Randolph makes 6’11”, 225 pounds look absolutely sickly. Everyone and their barber knows that the Carlos Boozer Experiment has been a failure so far, in that while Boozer was a “consolation prize”, it wasn’t far-fetched to think Boozer would be the final piece on a championship team. When you average 13 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs while being torched on the defensive end in the first year of a 5 year-$80 million contract, you will become a name on many shit lists, no matter what city you play in.
Currently, the Timberwolves are $16 million under the current salary cap. Enough to trade their #2 pick for Boozer, straight up. Beasley plays the 3, Boozer plays the 4 next to a real center (sorry, Jo) in Kevin Love, and Spaniard Ricky Rubio averages 8 assists per game in his rookie season. The Bulls select Arizona PF/SF, 6’9″, 250-lb Derrick Williams and start Taj Gibson at the 4 next season, bringing Williams–a very good scorer, both inside and outside–off of the bench to spell either Deng or Gibson. With some of that $14 mil or so gone because of Boozer’s departure, the Bulls could possibly go out and sign a solid 2.
I don’t feel the Bulls need to make this trade. I don’t even think Gar should get Kahn on the phone just to make this proposal. But if you’re so desperate to see Boozer go, forget about Dwight Howard for just a second and hope for something a little more realistic. Like a sinking franchise deciding they’ll take on Boozer’s bad D and contract because he fills a “need”. After all, the Bulls did the same thing.
Apparently, the whipping boy for the 2011 Cubs season will be manager Mike Quade. I don’t really have a problem
with that mainly because it’s much easier to just blame the guy in charge rather than assess the failures of each and every player. However, maybe we should cut Quade just a bit of slack.
Remember, more than a few Cubs fans wanted Ryne Sandberg to be the next Cubs manager after Lou Piniella. Since the start of the season, I’ve read too many “If Ryno were the Cubs manager…” comments and tweets, and it’s unfair to Quade…and anyone else who remotely understands baseball. Perhaps Ryno would’ve injected a different kind of energy into the clubhouse, being a former player and all. Of course, that’s merely speculation and any other speculation–good or bad– should be left out of serious discussions about the Cubs.
Quade hasn’t done the greatest job this season. He has mishandled the pitching staff at seemingly the most inopportune times, has played guys out of position way too often, and still struggles with making a lineup, playing rotation, et cetera, et cetera. It’s his first full season, though. Give the guy a damn break. Instead, save all of your spite and hatred for the guy who hired him, general manager Jim Hendry.
Skip Bayless is an imbecile and attention-seeking, pretentious prick. The more attention you give him–whether you agree with him or not–the bigger his name and profile gets. The last thing the sports world needs is a 5’8″, 50 year-old who literally screams and shouts to make points about meaningless topics during the “debate” portion of the show, so do me and everyone else with a shred of common sense a favor: IGNORE SKIP BAYLESS.
Anyone else for the Bulls and Blackhawks having their championship parades/rallies/parties on the same day next summer?