Nate Robinson and Tayshaun Prince seem likely to hit the open market soon as waiver candidates after trades. Despite Robinson’s one year heroics here, the Bulls shouldn’t go back. If Rip Hamilton and Ben Wallace taught us anything it’s be wary of former Pistons.
I love Nate Robinson, but he won’t help
Nate Robinson was perhaps the only thing that made the 2012-13 NBA basketball season tolerable for Bulls fans. He was dynamic, hilarious, high energy, and played great for the Bulls.
While he doesn’t have much of a team game, his ball handling, shooting, and scoring could take over games in stretches for the Bulls. However, the reality is despite Brooks’ slump, he’s a better player than Nate right now.
Nate Robinson in 12/13? Maybe, maybe not. They were similar in many ways, and I probably would take that Robinson back over Brooks. Probably. However, this Nate Robinson is over 30 and is recovering from an ACL tear. His performance has never quite been the same since.
Given that Nate relies a heck of a lot on his freak athleticism and quickness to compensate for his lack of height there’s little doubt that the ACL and age have more or less called it a career for him. Maybe some team picks him up next year at the minimum, but his upside is all but gone at this point.
You could argue to bring in Nate to make Brooks expendable in a trade, but I don’t see Brooks having enough trade value for this idea to hold water, nor do I think the Bulls would trust Nate to truly replace Brooks.
I’ll always appreciate those Robinson memories, but there’s not much value in signing up for round two.
Tayshaun Prince is more iffy, but still a no
Those are Prince’s PERs and TS%s over the past four seasons.
That’s the mark of a truly crappy offensive player. Especially when he’s likely the fourth or fifth option on offense for many of his minutes and isn’t getting the opposing team’s worst wing defender and being the guy teams cheat off of.
However, the question is can Prince bring enough with his defense to make an impact as a potential wing defender. Chicago could use a little more perimeter defense and that was Prince’s calling card for much of his career.
I can’t sit here and tell you that I’ve watched enough Grizzlies games to know whether or not he still has anything left in the tank, but if the Bulls evaluate that he’s still an asset on that side of the ball it’s worth thinking about.
Does he give you more defense than Tony Snell? That’s really the question you have to answer.
However, after thinking about it for 10-20 seconds I’d say Prince should also be avoided. He’s a guy that Thibs could easily fall in love with and over play to death because he “plays the right way” while destroying your offense.
I suspect his defense isn’t that big of an asset and he lowers the overall athletic profile of the team. Snell, for what it’s worth, has made a bunch of good hustle/athletic plays recently that I don’t really foresee Prince making.
On top of that, with McDermott coming back soon, you know that he’d be completely buried if the Bulls added Prince to the roster which likely is worse for the team than getting him some playing time. At almost 35 years of age, I think Prince is just done.
LeBron pushes Blatt in return, Cavs lose
The box score looked pretty sweet for LeBron who filled up the stat sheet, but the Cavs lose and the most notable event of the game will be that LeBron pushed David Blatt.
The word after the game was that James was trying to keep Blatt from getting a technical. I agree this could very well be the case, but this isn’t the “hold him back” kind of push that you’d normally see in that situation. He just shoves Blatt away from the ref.
Whether he’s simply trying to prevent the technical or not, that’s not the kind of shove that denotes any respect.
Cleveland is now below .500 on the season at 19-20. Besides rooting for LeBron to fail, each loss helps Chicago gain just a little edge more in value on that pick swap they have with the Cavs this season.
Presently that pick swap gains them five positions in the draft, but Chicago easily has potential to pass another four or five teams in record by the end of the season as they’re clumped up with a bunch of teams right now. That pick swap option could easily end up being worth eight spots by the end of the season.
Not an amazing haul by any stretch but not awful either.
Speaking of picks, the Bulls are presently barely hanging on to that Kings pick. The Kings are better than three teams out West and all seven non playoff teams in the East right now. That puts the pick at exactly 11 which is the absolute best case for Chicago.
It wouldn’t surprise me if we lose this one by season’s end, but hopefully the Kings can hold it together just enough to finish 11th overall.
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