Aside from the financial reasons I've discussed elsewhere, I'm getting discouraged by the on-court effects of the trades.
* Guys who in practice needed meaningful on-court development are losing it. That's Tyrus and Noah, but also Rose through the back door.
* They'd "earned" this time by gaining consistency and simply outlasting guys who sucked (Gray, Noc, Hughes) and guys who got hurt (Gooden).
* They've been rewarded for this not with security and PT, but by having those guys traded out and a fresh crop of veterans brought in. Timmy, Miller, Salmons, who are getting their PT simply because of their veteran-ness. Perhaps they're marginally better players at this point, but we've essentially re-created the problem we spent the first part of the year "solving"
* Feeding into this is the fact that Vinnie Del Coacho is likely playing for his job and for future jobs around the league. Which puts him in the time-tested coaching position of saying "screw the future, I'm here to win today". Which is, you know, the exact opposite of what actually needs to be done with a team full of Derrick Rose, Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah.
* I say Rose is getting it through the back door because, without the trades and the introduction of more vets up front, I'm guessing there'd be less pressure to sit Rose at key stretches since there's the illusion that, with a bunch of vets out there, you might actually be getting somewhere.
Rest assured that's just an illusion. I don't think we're really going to get anywhere with Miller, Salmons and Timmy that we weren't already capable of getting to. Perhaps we're a little bit more likely to sneak in the playoffs this year, but even if there's additional "development" value to getting into the playoffs, it doesn't seem that it's going to be all that great if it comes at the cost of "development" in getting to the playoffs.