The Chicago Bulls tried to make a run at a title without Derrick Rose and with a banged up roster of unwanted toys. But in the thrill of the postseason, one of those unwanted toys rose to the top and will likely get a nice paycheck in the offseason — only it’s not going to come from Chicago. Nate Robinson helped hold the Bulls together in the postseason, but according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Robinson likely won’t be back next season as he’s outgrown the value of his one-year contract with the Bulls and will probably get too rich for their shallow pockets.
Richard Hamilton: “I haven’t talked to them about (my future). Who knows what direction they’re going in?” One likely without Rip and Nate.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 16, 2013
Chicago is really facing what is going to be seen as a lost season. No progress was made and the only guy that helped make the postseason enjoyable is likely not returning to the team next season. Derrick Rose is still out, there are injuries everywhere and the Bulls still need a shooting guard to compliment Rose in the scoring game.
Literally nothing has changed in the year between last offseason and the offseason ahead for the Bulls, and it’s not shock that fans are getting annoyed and frustrated with how things are going.
The Bulls front office sort of owes it to the fans of Chicago to spend big this offseason after shelling them with empty promises last season. Nate Robinson isn’t likely a good option to spend big on, but letting him go just reminds Bulls fans of the lost season they just sat through and how little the front office is interested in spending in order to make this team as good as it can be.
Chicago isn’t going to be mediocre forever, but it doesn’t help when the team is more interested in not paying a luxury tax than it is in winning a title. Playing fair only works for so long, and while Nate Robinson isn’t the missing piece of the championship puzzle, being let go by the Bulls after such a fan friendly postseason from him is another reminder that Chicago can’t pinch pennies and expect to hoist trophies.