The Bulls were planning for 2010 free agency for an awfully long time. This went back at least three seasons as John Paxson told me they were planning it in a candid interview at Orlando Summer League three years ago.
So, with that in mind, the Bulls were looking to develop their young players while biding time to strike in free agency. What kind of coach do you want for that role?
Well, first, you probably want someone pretty cheap. Especially if your organization cares a lot about it's bottom line and doesn't really have high expectations for the next couple of seasons anyway.
You want someone enthusiastic who's willing to work with young players and won't ride the veterans 40 minutes a night (Jim Boylan says hi).
You want someone who will sign a short term deal, so that when the summer of 2010 finally does role around, and you can replace him with the "get to point C" coach as the roster improves that it won't cost you multiple years of salary.
Enter Vinny Del Negro, and while this may not have been the plan all along, the pieces certainly fit pretty well together as if it was the plan. Also, let's be clear, if it was the plan, it was a Reinsdorfian plan as well.
John Paxson clearly wanted to drop the cash on Mike D'Antoni who suddenly decided that the Knicks job looked awfully bad ass after spending an afternoon with Reinsdorf.
Have I gone crazy? Too much conspiracy? Not sure, but the pieces fit (if you're really cynical anyway).