No, not because he didn't report a story. How that's an issue is beyond me. Sam Smith sat on so many Michael Jordan stories that he was able to write two books about them, and you're telling me that KC sitting on a story about a coach who's absolutely being fired at the end of the season is an issue? Please.
I would think Taj's performance this season will factor in how the Bulls
approach free agency. I don't think they'd be fooled into overprojecting
what Taj might become. In other words, if they think they can get Chris
Bosh, I don't think they'd not do so because they have Gibson. The goal
is to get better. You do that any way you can in the rare times you
have this much cap space. I don't know how Gibson's performance would
factor in if management felt they had legitimate chances to land Bosh or
Johnson. I'd lean towards your thinking. Sign Johnson because Taj is at
least viable and Johnson fills a need.
Et tu K.C.?
There are so many reasons why I hate this rational:
1) Bosh is the better player. I say this first because it's most important. When in doubt, you take the better player. That's Bosh.
2) Bosh fills the more important need. What's more important to fill, the guy who's the second focal point of the offense because he's running a million pick and rolls with Rose or the guy who needs to stand on the perimeter and shoot.
3) Bosh fills the position that's harder to find. It's a lot easier to get a quality guard in the draft than a quality big man. There are just so many fewer guys with legit size/athleticism/coordination to choose from.
4) Bosh is on a larger upwards trend than Johnson. He's coming off of a career year while Joe Johnson has hit a plateau, and that plateau is a sub 20 PER level plateau. That's not all that special folks.
5) Johnson runs the highest percentage of isolations of any SG in the NBA. Didn't we run Gordon out of town for getting about 20% of his offense playing one on one while Johnson gets around 33% of his offense doing that? It will be simply awesome watching him dominate the ball while Rose stands around and watches.
6) Yes, Johnson provides shooting, but you don't pay 18+ million a year to a guy to provide shooting.
7) Almost all great teams have a great offensive perimeter player paired with a great offensive interior player. Most teams which max out around the second round of the playoffs are built around two great offensive perimeter players. The Chicago Bulls are an exception to this rule [Jordan/Pippen], but the best player in the NBA and another top five guy. That'd be closer to LeBron and Wade being paired than Rose/Johnson.
8) You fit your role players around your top level talent not the other way around. Let's ignore for a moment, that Gibson's ideal role is 3rd big man, and getting Bosh puts him in that role. Would you pick Joe Johnson or Chris Bosh over LeBron James because we have a better SF than SG or PF? No. That's ridiculous. It's equally ridiculous to pass on Bosh because Gibson's a capable player at his position. Kirk is just as capable at SG as Bosh is at PF.
It's okay to pursue Joe Johnson. It's just not okay to pursue him ahead of Chris Bosh.