The Bulls are having a fairly confusing and mostly miserable off-season.
After missing the playoffs and calling an awkward end-of-season press conference, the front office retreated from the spotlight and let the world run wild with the fires of rumor regarding the futures of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.
Then they traded away Rose. Probably a good move, but a painful loss for the team and the city alike. There was a brief upswing in the first round of the draft when the Bulls got their guy in Valentine. Now, free agency.must read: >Bulls Free Agency Primer: Power Forwards
The Bulls have been linked with players like Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, while the Noah exodus is all but official. Yet, in the midst of all this talk, there was one player that it was universally agreed should be back with the Bulls – E’Twaun Moore.
That single point of solidarity among the Bulls faithful has been blown up, never to return. The news: E’twaun Moore signs with Pelicans.
The news was first broken by Scott Kushner, Pelicans reporter for The Advocate:
Source: the #Pelicans have come to an agreement with ETwaun Moore. 4 years, $34 million.
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) July 2, 2016
And there you have it. We don’t have the full details of what the Bulls were offering, but Moore got his deal and he completely deserved it and might even end up being underpaid when it is all said and done.
Likely, the Bulls were a year short and the smart bet is that they definitely were short on the money, because when aren’t they? The Jerry Reinsdorf edict of penny-pinching may have just cost the Bulls the surest commodity available to them on the entire free agency market.
Moore spent two seasons in Chicago. His first year, under Tom Thibodeau was a fringe season where his numbers were down and he didn’t start a single game. His second year, and only under Fred Hoiberg, was a big step forward for the young guard.
In 2015-16, Moore averaged 12.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per 36 minutes. He appeared in 59 games for the Bulls and started 22 of them. It was only the second time in his short career that he has averaged more than 20 minutes per game.>Next: Denzel Valentine Needs Social Media Step-Up
Moore’s numbers have been fairly consistent throughout his career, but he took a huge step forward in one major area last season – behind the 3-point line. He shot a career-best 49.1 percent from beyond the arc for Hoiberg.
The money and the length of the contract were extremely important for Moore, who has hung on through a turbulent career to keep himself on a roster long enough to get a deal that pays him what he deserves and offers him peace of mind by guaranteeing himself an extended career in the NBA.
We enjoyed having E’Twaun in Chicago and very much hoped he would be back for 2016-17 and beyond, but he got the contract he deserves from New Orleans. We wish him the best and look forward to seeing on the court for a long time.
Source : https://pippenainteasy.com/2016/07/01/etwaun-moore-signs-with-pelicans/