Gar Forman: “Best Available” over “Need”

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.

16 Responses to Gar Forman: “Best Available” over “Need”

    Grrrrr Forman June 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    I can’t wait to scold and chastise them.

    inkybreath June 22, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    We could take this in a certain light… We have been told they are going to be on whisper-mode with their dealings.

    So, I will take this as a veiled reference, to mean:

    We are going to acquire a guard through free agency/trade and draft the best player we can.

    Erik June 22, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    My 2 cents is TRADE the two 1st round picks as well as the 2nd round pick (throw in bogans) just to trade UP with whatever team will deal us the highest SINGLE 1st round pick.

    –I do not have a player in mind as much so.

    But if you look at the bulls strength its DEPTH as well as YOUTH. (great things to have!)

    However the bulls are SO deep, there is not room for 2-3 more guys to play. Trade up and get the best single ONE player available. If we had a super starting 5, but a thin bench i would say keep all the picks, but as deep as we are, i think we would do better w/ ONE lottery pick vs the ones we have.

  4. Anonymous June 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    this is the steelers philosophy as well. it works. be patient.

    the era of paxson going nuts and trading crazy shit every year is over. the ascent to the top happened overnight, conquering the peak will take some time.

    Ricky June 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I’m cool with the approach because we aren’t going to find a SG in the draft who will be able to make an immediate impact even if we were drafting in the teens. So I say draft the BPA that way if we have to trade some of the depth away we can have someone come in and lessen the impact of losing a contributor.

    Mattzilla June 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Well, he did mention trades as a way to build a roster, so you know they aren’t ignoring that aspect. Hell, I like the idea of just finding a backup for Deng that can play 20 minutes a game, then we can move Luol to the 2 for periods if necessary. We already know Luol can post smaller guys, and if Rose keeps working on that jumper, there won’t be much cheating to go double the post.

    gilberto June 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    carlos bosser,joakim noa for pau gasol and lamar odom,this is the perfect trade i think.

  8. TBF June 23, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    Everyone knows you go need in NFL draft and BPA in NBA draft.

    joe June 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    2011 Draft is unusually dynamic – no clear top 10 picks and weak in SG. Commitments are difficult prior to the draft due to the uncertainty in draft order.

    Deals will happen in real time as team grab guys if they are available at a certain spot.

    o The Bulls have to give something to get someone with immediate impact and skill beyond their current SG roster.
    o Teams are not giving away top assets.
    o SG is typically the easiest position to fill with lower picks.

    GSW wants picks – even lower picks like the Bulls’ picks.
    They need a center and would swap Ellis for Asik but would need salary to balance so swap Boozer with lee and add Ellis and Ashik and Bulls get the 11 for the 28 and Bulls’ 2nd round pick.

    BFD June 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Sorry, joe…just checked that out in the Trade machine and it doesn’t work, the Bulls would need to give over another 5 Mil…I like your thinking though.

    How about Luol and Asik, for Ellis and Wright?

    Erik June 24, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Reposting, for some reason it didn’t post last time.

    my 2 cents, in terms of the DRAFT only, would be to TRADE both our 1st round picks (as well as the 2nd round pick) just to move up and take the one Single Highest pick.

    Reason: we are a VERY VERY deep team, most likely the deepest in the NBA. We do not need more good players, we get a SG (we all know that). And since this likely can not be obtained from the draft asap, just get the Best single player available, b/c that in turn becomes a TRADABLE asset to get the SG we desire.

    The goal is best SG possible, to get that goal, we need tradable assets that we can do without, if multiple lower picks wont get it, then maybe 1 higher pick will help

  12. Inception June 24, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    i’m going to be pissed if Marshon Brooks turns out to be a stud for BOS

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    joe June 24, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    Oh well. Chi adds another Guard and we pull the trigger. Keep Deng. He’s a awesome guy without ego.

    What about tonight’s draft? My local W’s get a 2-shooter proving Jerry West will eventually move Ellis. He played the most minutes per game and pair him with Deng and Rose.

    In the draft, Bulls get a flexible 2-3 and a prospect to stash in Europe. Not bad.

    BFD June 24, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    You would have to either include Korver or Brewer in that trade. Personally, I’d rather do the Deng/Asik trade. I think Deng had his peak year last year, and will break down next year. Meanwhile, for those of us who hated Booz this year…we haven’t seen David Lee yet, and he has a whole extra year on the books.

    Erik June 26, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    Marshan Brooks “MIGHT” be a solid SG in 3 yrs.

    Marshan Brooks (or ANY SG) in this draft was NOT going to make the bulls better next season.

    I highly doubt that any rookie SG would be an upgrade immediatly over R. Brewer/K Korver tandem right now.

    “MAYBE” the best SG from this draft IS likely an upgrade in 2-3yrs.

    So for all the patient (want the title now) and also (dont want to mortage the future for today) Bulls fans who want EVERYTHING. (myself included!) I propose the following:

    I say sign a VET for a short/cheap Contract
    (Vince or RIP)
    Then use our draft pick next yr for a SG. (the draft will be much stronger next yr)

    I would prefer to sign VC of RIP for 2yrs, to get us OVER THE HUMP and before they totally lose their skill set while there is still some good juice left, then DURING these next 2 yrs, sit pack and pick the BEST young SG (draft or free agency) for the future.

    All the young SG, that can be obtained have issues with: Cost, Defense, Size.
    – we dont want another Carlos Boozer situation at the SG. We want a Derrick Rose, or at least a Joakim Noah situation at the SG. That cant be forced, its just NOT there (for us or anyone right now).

    Sign a solid but non all star crusty GS for cheap and short (ie VC or RIP).
    And next year, maybe even trade UP for the best SG in the draft. (Brad Beal or Jeremy Lamb)

    I say sign RIP #1 or Vince #2 for 2 yrs
    Trade UP next yr to get Jeremy Lamb (kentucky soph SG)
    and he can gel under this vet for his rookie yr.

    Then when he gets to be solid, ie yr 2-3, its the same time Mirotic comes over, and BOOM…. Da Bulls are peaking and still wont be “old” for several years.

    People wanting to commit several years and seval million dollars to the likes of ellis, lee, martin, etc are crazy. Players always do worse right AFTER a large contract (well usually). And these guys all have flaws. Most are too small. Rip and Vince are not small, and its just a short term rental till we have a BETTER SG market thats open.

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