[OT from the comments -yfbb]
I think Nate’s toughness, and crunch time scoring are something we’re really missing (and to a lesser extent, Marco). I'd bet on him coming back strong next year.
You might be able to muddy up playoff games and hang around for a while, but that shit ain’t gonna fly in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter. Obviously we won’t need that late game scoring as much if Derrick comes back strong, or we sign Melo, but I still think I prefer what Nate brings to the table as a bench player. That guy was the shit. One of my favorite Bulls ever, tbh.
There was a camaraderie or something with that squad that is lacking this year. I think a lot of the issues have been masked because of Jo’s leadership and stellar play.