The budding joke of the Chicago Bulls has been the merry-go-round of point guards that have rotated through head coach Fred Hoiberg’s inconsistent rotation. As the regular season nears its end, the Bulls have had a total of six different point guards; Rajon Rondo, Jerian Grant, Michael Carter-Williams, Spencer Dinwiddie, Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne. This cluster of inept floor generals can be traced back to the front office’s decision-making last summer.
Having rightfully moved on from Derrick Rose, it provided the front office a chance to find a replacement, albeit one who wasn’t ball dominant, but someone who could compliment the new face of the franchise in Jimmy Butler; an adequate three point shooter and competent defender. While there wasn’t a slew of players that fit this criteria, there were some available and at a convenient price.
However, we saw John Paxson and Gar Forman head in the complete opposite direction. A front office priding itself on not giving out bloated, long-term contracts gave Rondo a two year, $28 million deal (player option on the second year). Having tied up that much money to one player, and later another in Dwyane Wade, it left little room for improvement. Which then leads us to the signing (two years at $2 million) of Canaan, who we knew wouldn’t be a quality addition.
As the season neared, Chicago’s crop of point guards were Rondo, Canaan, Grant and Dinwiddie (non-guaranteed deal). With the back up options not panning out as management had hoped, traded one of the Bulls few shooting threats in Tony Snell to Milwaukee for MCW, fitting the criteria of the latter three. And as the season unfolded we saw each of these guards falter, which then led the Bulls to trading their last shooting threat in Doug McDermott for another point guard, an unproven one at that in Payne.
So here we have the Bulls with a gluttony of point guards, none of whom seem to have a bright future as a lead floor general. But what about those other options the Bulls had last summer? I’m glad you asked, let’s take a look...
Seth Curry - Dallas Mavericks, 2 years, $6 million
No longer known as Steph’s little brother, Seth Curry has excelled in his first year with Dallas. On the season, Curry is averaging 12.9 PPG on 48.5% shooting from the field, and, wait for it...43.2% from deep on 4.6 attempts per game. Since the All Star break, Curry is en fuego, with averages of 23 PPG, on 58% from the field, 53% from three.
E’Twaun Moore - New Orleans Pelicans, 4 years, $34 million
While Moore’s contract may be a tad bit higher than what would’ve been ideal, with salary cap continuing to rise, that $8.5 million per year doesn’t eat up a large percentage of the Bulls space. But that Rondo...never mind.
Moore was a player that many, including yours truly, wanted to be one of the Bulls priority signings. He’s a role player at best, but one that perfectly complimented Butler with his 3 and D repertoire in his time with the team. With New Orleans’, even though their season hasn’t panned out as hoped, Moore is still having another solid year, averaging 9.7 PPG, on 45.3% shooting from the field, 40.6% from three on 2.9 attempts per game.
Quinn Cook - Canton Charge, Signed 10-Day Contract with Dallas on 2/26
As a long time advocate of Cook’s, it was great to see him finally get the 10-day contract he rightfully deserved last month. Last year’s D-League Rookie of the Year, and arguably this year’s best player, Cook is someone who should’ve been on an NBA roster months ago. Prior to getting called up by the Mavericks, Cook was putting up averages of 26.1 PPG, shooting 47.6% from the field and 37.1% from three, to go along with 6.7 APG and 4 RPG.
Cook isn’t going to be a starting point guard in the NBA, but he can be a serviceable second or third option. On a cheap, short-term contract last summer, Cook would’ve been a much better gamble than someone like Canaan whose flaws were evident.
Chicago’s front office has briefly hinted at what their “plan” might be, one that will surely fail. If it’s not clear enough at this point, the front office has quickly become one of, if not the most inept in the league. For a group that’s wanting to build with Jimmy Butler, signing one of the three aforementioned point guards to friendly deals last season would’ve made much more sense, and likely prevented the ill-fated deals that followed.