Originally Posted by Kirby
I believe they were a contending team for sure with Rose.
Like they know it's not happening this year and that the reward this year is too great to pass up... Rose and Thibs don't like it but it's the best for Chicago.
The reward this year? huh?
It's more so team/cap management 101.
Boozer has an albatross of a contract and has slowed down significantly. Deng would be another crippling contract in a position where you need to get elite scoring or elite defence and he gives neither and gets broken down.
If they get a mid-tier pick (giving them a much needed 6th man) PLUS make a splash in free agency and filling in the gaps and with a healthy Rose they're potentially right back in the mix.
Really, they're just cutting dead weight.