I'm guessing this guy knows less than my left toe about what's going on with the Bulls, so I'm not going to read too much into it, but I still found it interesting that he says the Bulls consolation prize is rip off my testicles and force me to eat them. By that, I mean, sign Joe Johnson.
the Bulls are cap-wise and win-foolish as they wait for the chance to lavish riches on an elite 2010 free agent. His name, according to folklore confirmed by a person with knowledge of the team's plans, is Chicago native Dwyane Wade. The consolation prize would be Joe Johnson -- the Bulls have specialized in consolation prizes since Jackson's dynasty was broken up.
Let's be clear. Joe Johnson just rejected a 15 million dollar a year contract. He's only marginally better than Ben Gordon, and he's better in ways that aren't real useful when he's playing next to Derrick Rose. He's a fine player. I like Joe Johnson. I would want Joe Johnson on my team.
I would not want Joe Johnson on my team for 6 million dollars per year more than Ben Gordon which is what we'll be doing after telling Gordon go go F himself when he wanted to sign for 6/54 and signing Joe Johnson for 5/75 or something similarly ridiculous next summer.
For all of his glorious height, the guy barely out rebounds Gordon and isn't a great defender either. He works in isolation more so than just about any guard in the league, so those complaining Gordon went one on one too much ought to love Johnson [not really so much].
He scores less efficiently, but a bit more consistently which is a good thing. Oh yeah, he's also three years older than Gordon, and he'll likely be Ray Allen by the end of his deal. A guy who's still talented, but no team in their right mind would pay him as much as he's making if they had a mulligan on that choice.
I'm not trying to tell you Joe Johnson sucks. He doesn't suck. If I had one year, and I was starting a team from scratch and this was a draft then I would take Joe Johnson ahead of Ben Gordon. However, that's not what's happening. We'd have to pay him a crapload more money then we could have signed Gordon for, and we'd have to lock him up through a bunch of past his prime years.
Also, don't get me wrong, Joe Johnson would make this team much better. The problem is, since the Bulls are too cheap to go into the luxury tax, he won't make them better by nearly enough to win a title. You're not going to win a title with Deng making around 13 million a year, Johnson making 15, and then trying to fill out the rest of the roster with pieces. Especially once Noah/rose require extensions.
If we sign Johnson, I'll get on the bandwagon to enjoy the improvement he brings and hope for the best, but it may be the nail in the coffin of the Bulls championship hopes for the next few seasons barring a drastic change in the Bulls spending policy [in which case, bring on Joe Johnson!]