ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell has some great quotes from Gar Forman about his approach for Thursday’s NBA draft. Here’s the key statement:
“I’ve always been a huge believer that you draft the best player available. Every team in the league has certain needs and when you look at needs in my mind, there’s three ways to fill them — it’s not just the draft. You’ve got free agency, you’ve got trades and you’ve got the draft. And I think when you’re higher up in the draft, which we’ve been at times in the past, that if you have guys that are tiered closely together that you may go for need. I think when you’re drafting as late as we’re drafting that we’re not necessarily going to go for need. We’ll go for two guys that we think fit the culture that we’ve created and that can be part of our rotation, if not immediately, and we would hope immediately, but if not immediately, then somewhere down the road and trying to build some depth.”
The strategy makes sense. But I’m sure many Bulls fans — who believe the team is one above-average shooting guard away from contending for a title right now – won’t be thrilled to find out there isn’t a more exciting plan in place.