Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wanted Scalabrine as part of his first
season in Chicago and pushed hard for him with general manager Gar
Forman and vice president John Paxson, sources said.
First, it's worth noting this is a prove up contract, not a guaranteed deal, so obviously nothing is done yet that really means anything.
I do think Scalabrine can provide some intangibles. He'll help teach
the team the defensive schemes in practice and that likely helps the
team take a step forward quicker in training camp. He's a good
cheerleader for the team, a notable good locker room guy, and he's
obviously got Tom Thibodeau's trust.
That said, he'd better kill it when it comes intangibles, because his on court tangibles are virtually non-existent.
We've discussed the "stretch 4" before, but personally, I think the stretch 4 is meaningless if they can't also rebound, defend, and use their size for anything. Really, what does Scalabrine and his rebound rate under 4 really bring to the table?
He's not even that good of a shooter. His career TS% is under 50%. His career 3p% is only 35%, and he's clearly not likely to hit his career averages. He doesn't bring anything but shooting to the table and isn't that good a shooter.
He can't do anything big men do despite being tall, so why not simply sign Bobby Simmons, who's actually more likely to capably defend a power forward than Scalabrine despite being two inches shorter. He'd defend better, board better, and likely shoot better.