With the rebuild about to roll into the second phase, after drafting Wendell Carter Jr. at # 7 and Chandler Hutchison at #22. Two players, who many feel were safe picks by the front office. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Carter Jr. and Hutchison both appear to be two low maintenance players who should be able to contribute right away, in two areas the Bulls needed to address. They also represent the front office’s chosen path of completing the rebuild through the draft.

Which brings us to rumors of the Bulls being a contender to sign RFA Rodney Hood. Hood who started last season with the Utah Jazz, before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Appeared to be showing signs of being a nice complimentary role player off the bench. He averaged 16.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assist in 27.8 mins, for the Jazz.

Those numbers dropped to 10.8 points 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assist in 25.3 mins for the Cavs. Maybe the drop is to be blamed on coming in to a new system midway through the season. Maybe it had to do with having his mins slightly reduced.

Whatever the cause may have been, Hood is an athletic two way player, and at the age of 25, he would seem to fit in along with the youth movement of this new age version of the “Baby Bulls”.

However, for whatever reason, Cavs coach Ty Lue, did not seem to have much confidence in Hood during the course or the playoffs. Hood barley cracked the rotation, and lets just say his play did not inspire a need for a uptick in mins.

He averaged 5.4 points for the playoffs which is about the same number of DNP-CD’s(Did Not Play Coaches Decision) he had (5). Add to that after shooting 38.9% from downtown for the Jazz, which fell to just 35.2% for the Cavs. Hood shot an absolutely abysmal 16.7% during the Cavs playoff run, 4 for 24!

Hood would also cause a bit of controversy, when he reportedly refused to check in during garbage time in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Toronto Raptors. That very reason right there, is why the Bulls should not even consider signing him. GM’s Gar Forman and John Paxson have always stated they add players, based on not just their abilities, but also their character and fit with the team.

Refusing to check in to a game, because you feel your too good to be on the floor, with the game already decided, is disrespectful! Not to just your coach, but to your teammates and fans. You are sending a message that you are above the team. That certainly does not fit the character of players that the Bulls pride themselves on bringing in. It’s also something that could negatively influence our young guys.

The Cavs have extended Hood a qualifying offer of $3.5 mil. making him a RFA, allowing them to match any offer. Yes the Bulls have cap room, but for the continued success of the rebuild, the Bulls must be smart with their cap.

Could Hood return to the 16 ppg, sharpshooter that he was at the beginning of the season? Could he have a better relationship with Fred Hoiberg, than he had with Lue? Is he really going to help this team, over somebody like David Nwaba?

In my opinion, Hood is too unproven and throwing money at him, would be a bonehead move.

The Bulls must continue to hold on to their financial flexibility to make a splash in 2019 free agency, and continue to build through the draft. Hood is a unsafe gamble, and for now “playing it safe” is what the Bulls should continue to do.

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