Lakers scared Bulls will sign Christian Wood

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I think I'd really prefer PJ Washington.
Same.

Although Wood isn’t a good defender and has character concerns, he’s not a bad fallback option. Can play the 4/5 and can shoot from deep. Also provides much needed rebounding and posted a 20 & 19 PER the past two seasons (20 for his career) and a career .130 WS/48

Those are all big time metrics and if it wasn’t for his character concerns, would be a slam dunk signing. Still think he would help a lot
 

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Same.

Although Wood isn’t a good defender and has character concerns, he’s not a bad fallback option. Can play the 4/5 and can shoot from deep. Also provides much needed rebounding and posted a 20 & 19 PER the past two seasons (20 for his career) and a career .130 WS/48

Those are all big time metrics and if it wasn’t for his character concerns, would be a slam dunk signing. Still think he would help a lot
I'll be honest: I don't know much about Wood or Washington outside of cursory glances at numbers throughout their careers. THAT SAID: they both seem like guys who have feasted on being on bad teams. I'd take Washington because he's younger.
 

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I'll be honest: I don't know much about Wood or Washington outside of cursory glances at numbers throughout their careers. THAT SAID: they both seem like guys who have feasted on being on bad teams. I'd take Washington because he's younger.
I’d take Washington too but I’d also take wood. Bad team or not, you don’t put up those type of efficiency and WS numbers if you’re not a good player. Surely, he has some deficiencies too, but the Bulls aren’t in position to turn down a player like that. Should be relatively cheap too, similar to a Drummond situation.
 

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If Bulls could actually go into the tax this might be a possibility (or PJ Washington), but in reality it's not even on the table unless somehow they're planning to dump some salary away for nothing.
 

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If Bulls could actually go into the tax this might be a possibility (or PJ Washington), but in reality it's not even on the table unless somehow they're planning to dump some salary away for nothing.

I’m not sold on that. From all accounts, his character concerns could significantly drive down his price. I think everyone was shocked how little Drummond got last year. Wood could be in the same boat. Isn’t the MLE or DPE like 10 mil? That could potentially get it done.
 

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I’m not sold on that. From all accounts, his character concerns could significantly drive down his price. I think everyone was shocked how little Drummond got last year. Wood could be in the same boat. Isn’t the MLE or DPE like 10 mil? That could potentially get it done.
MLE leftover for Bulls is maybe like 7M and DPE is little over 10M yes. Would that be enough to sign him? Probably at this point. But that's not the issue. The issue is that as it stands if the Bulls used the full MLE value (so combined Wood+Jevon Carter salary = 12.2M) or the DPE, they would be in luxury tax range and Jerry ain't really paying for that.

I know AK has claimed that he has the go ahead to go into the tax, but I'm not taking that at face value. We know Reinsdorf is cheap af and this team isn't worth going into the tax for anyway (despite Wood or Washington being a nice upgrade that would probably make this team way more watchable)
 

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I will say that if somehow they got Wood for the minimum, then there is no "hard cap" blocking them from doing so

I forget what the exact "tax space" amount is and it also depends on if Ayo ends up coming back or not since his QO also counts towards that space I believe.
 

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I will say that if somehow they got Wood for the minimum, then there is no "hard cap" blocking them from doing so

I forget what the exact "tax space" amount is and it also depends on if Ayo ends up coming back or not since his QO also counts towards that space I believe.
Ayo is redundant. They have enough guards and he doesn’t really give them anything they need (shooting/playmaking). Can they rescind the QO?
 

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Ayo is redundant. They have enough guards and he doesn’t really give them anything they need (shooting/playmaking). Can they rescind the QO?
It's a bit wonky, they would have been able to rescind it without any input prior to July 13, but since it is after that they can only rescind it if Ayo agrees to it.

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MLE leftover for Bulls is maybe like 7M and DPE is little over 10M yes. Would that be enough to sign him? Probably at this point. But that's not the issue. The issue is that as it stands if the Bulls used the full MLE value (so combined Wood+Jevon Carter salary = 12.2M) or the DPE, they would be in luxury tax range and Jerry ain't really paying for that.

I know AK has claimed that he has the go ahead to go into the tax, but I'm not taking that at face value. We know Reinsdorf is cheap af and this team isn't worth going into the tax for anyway (despite Wood or Washington being a nice upgrade that would probably make this team way more watchable)
Bulls only pay the tax if they're in the tax at the end of the season.. sooo trade deadline dumps!
 

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Ayo is redundant. They have enough guards and he doesn’t really give them anything they need (shooting/playmaking). Can they rescind the QO?
Bulls are eventually bringing back Ayo short of some other team offering him a deal.
 

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lol that is a fair point actually
That's what they did in 2013-14.

As you may recall, Reinsdorf lived up to his word and said he'd go into the tax for a contender and he felt his team was a contender prior to Rose tearing his ACL. Bulls were going into the tax in 2012-13 regardless of what happened to Rose. They were again tax bound in 13-14, but with Rose out for the season once again, they dumped Luol Deng at the trade deadline and I believe that got them under the tax.
 

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That's what they did in 2013-14.

As you may recall, Reinsdorf lived up to his word and said he'd go into the tax for a contender and he felt his team was a contender prior to Rose tearing his ACL. Bulls were going into the tax in 2012-13 regardless of what happened to Rose. They were again tax bound in 13-14, but with Rose out for the season once again, they dumped Luol Deng at the trade deadline and I believe that got them under the tax.
Right, and I suppose they could similarly dump Derozan somewhere if they had to. The return would probably be crap but if they were just trying to dump him, pretty easily done. I'm sure they could dump Drummond also if they only needed to shed a few million (more likely case if they signed a player like Wood)
 

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