The biggest offseason storyline for the Chicago Bulls surrounded around their attempt to lure Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks and the approximate $50 million more they could offer than the Bulls.
Anthony maintained he wanted to go to a place where he could compete for championships and money wasn’t the most important factor, so naturally he re-signed with the Knicks where they will not be competing for championships for the foreseeable future and took the money.
That’s all well and good, it’s his hometown team and I’d like to see how many other people would be willing to walk away from that much money. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t hold any grudges and he’s not even disappointed he won’t be coaching Anthony this year.
Thibs, on missing on Carmelo: “If we don’t get somebody, I’m not disappointed. I just move on.”
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 18, 2014
Thibodeau and the Bulls met the media on Friday afternoon to introduce their big free agent signing of Pau Gasol as well as former draft pick, Nikola Mirotic, who had been playing overseas.
With the money saved by not signing Anthony, the Bulls were able to sign the two big men and bring back Kirk Hinrich and add valuable depth to the roster that boasts a legitimate 10-man rotation that should ensure the Bulls aren’t running on reserves when the postseason arrives.
Sure, having Anthony would have been nice for Thibodeau and the Bulls, but why waste time feeling disappointed in something that you never had?