Tom Thibodeau noted that the Bulls are 11-5 when Kirk plays over 30 minutes which seems to lay the groundwork for Tony Snell to get screwed.
Of course the Bulls are also 8-2 when Kirk plays zero minutes.
Either way, reasonable or not, logical or not, Tom Thibodeau is laying the groundwork for Kirk Hinrich to step in and play big minutes which likely will relegate Snell to a smaller (no?) role.
In the best case scenario, I think the Bulls split out Hinrich/Snell in the 1st half and close with whomever plays better. In the worst case, the Bulls start playing Hinrich a crapload of minutes while he stinks of the floor again and again.
Snell is clearly the better defender right now with superior length/athleticism and his instincts may not have entirely caught up to Kirk's but his physical attributes more than make up any difference.
On offense, he's shown the last few games that he's also drastically better.
Maybe we shouldn't jump over Tom Thibodeau just yet. Let's see what he actually does first, but the writing is on the wall. It's a four letter word. Kirk.
Trade deadline today, Bulls in no rumors
The trade deadline is 2pm CST today. The Bulls are in no rumors and seem very unlikely to make a trade.
I have no complaints about this. Chicago lacks matching salaries to make anything happen. I just don't see a trade to be made really.
There's some rumor going around that Kevin Martin might get bought out in which case the Bulls would be interested, but it's hard for me to believe that the Wolves buy out Martin.
From Martin's perspective, he'd probably be willing to give up half his salary in a buy out scenario because he'd make it up on a new contract with a team of his choice, but I just don't see the motivation for Minnesota.
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