The Bulls like their options

From “The Chicago Bulls exercised the fourth-year option on point guard Derrick Rose, and the third-year options on Taj Gibson and James Johnson on Monday. That means all three players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2011-12 season.”

Well, there really wasn’t much suspense about Rose and Gibson. Rose might end up being a Bull for life, and Gibson (unless he gets flipped in a major trade) seems to be significant part of the team’s frontcourt of the future. That and I’m sure the team is just waiting to use a headline like “The Rise of Taj.” I know I am.

It’s mildly surprising management picked up Johnson’s option, given his struggles with consistency and an iffy (at times) basketball IQ. Still, according to the salary information ShamSports, he’ll only cost the Bulls about 1.8 million next season. That’s a reasonably low-cost alternative for a backup SF, particularly one who knows the system and is familiar with his teammates. Continuity has its advantages.

It’s also possible that the new coaching staff saw enough of Johnson over the summer to think that they can transform him into a regular contributor. Everything I hear and read about Tom Thibodeau is that he’s an excellent teacher. And let’s face it, J.J.’s physical talents aren’t in question.

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2 Responses to The Bulls like their options

    Mahmoud October 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    I don’t understand why they insist on keeping JJ at the three. He’s either a two or a four, but not a three. Let him be a four who can stretch people out (ala Antwawn Jamison) or a big 2 who can back people in (ala Bonzi Wells), but don’t put him at the three where’s he’s just a bad player. JJ’s strength is that he has no strength; he has a bunch of awesome skills that don’t really mesh well together. So putting him out of position just works better because he has the skill set to accommodate pretty much any place on the court. Put him at his usual position, and he’s just an average guy.

    Chuck October 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    I’m not sure JJ shoots well enough to be a 2. But the Bulls do have Brewer… Maybe his role is to be like Deng. A 3 that can do a bit of everything.

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