I was going to ask this question before he got hurt, but I'll ask it anyway. Do you think the Bulls plan to offer Derrick Jones Jr. a contract next year? Or, will he likely get a better offer from another team?
How's that Willie Nelson song go, Mama, don't let your children grow up to be undersized power forwards. And another one bites the dust.
You never know what will happen at the end of a season, especially one with the playoffs, which we even after Wednesday I can say confidently the Bulls will again be part of (notice I'm not mentioning the name of that other team). You make a big play, have a big game in the playoffs, your team advances, your fate changes. John Paxson is an example. During that 1990-91 season, the Bulls weren't even sure they'd re-sign him. Then he basically wins the clinching game bailing out Michael Jordan leading the Finals in shooting and he's getting paid double the Bulls previous final offer. The issue for Jones is his contract is expiring.
The Bulls have one other rotation player contract expiring, Zach LaVine's. Uh oh. They're paying Zach. And it's perhaps not a complete title roster yet. So other things await.
It seemed like Portland gave the Bulls their first round pick (this year if they make the playoffs and rolling over every year until 2028) to take Jones' salary so Portland could get Larry Nance Jr. in that Lauri Markkanen three-way deal.
That hasn't exactly worked out for Portland with Nance near career-low numbers across the board, the GM who made the deal gone and the Trailblazers with Lillard now probably out for the rest of the season with surgery likely missing the playoffs. And Nance supposedly available in trade. Hey, backup power forward, anyone?
Though Portland probably is not interested in Jones, who now is out about a month with his knee injury.