Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gordon Finally Signs $6.4 Million Qualifying Offer

By Sean Mackey

The roster is now set.

The Chicago Bulls announced last night at 11:00 p.m. that Ben Gordon went ahead and signed the 1 year, $6.4 million qualifying offer. This is good and bad news. The good news is that BG will be with the team again, the bad news is that he will most likely leave after this season unless he performs super well and the Bulls pay him top dollar. Not that he's going to get top dollar from any other team in the league since everyone is going to try to clear some cash for the possible signing of James, Wade or Bosh.

Gordon's agent, Raymond Brothers went ahead and said “he’s very happy to be able to go back and play basketball, and he looks forward to talking to the Bulls next summer about an extension.” They also mentioned that he'll report to practice Thursday after skipping Wednesday's morning practice and being a no show at the second session.

I don't believe that Gordon has any intention to try to talk to the Bulls again. He's tried two years in a row and gotten no where. It's now up to him to be the best player on the team, whether he's on the bench or starting to justify any team paying him what he thinks he's worth.

In some more upbeat news, VDN coached his first practice of training camp Tuesday. So far, everyone seems to like the man and knows he means business. I'm just afraid he might baby the group too much, then again, that might be what they need to play harder. Skiles refused to communicate or pamper these guys and they refused to play for him so who knows, it may all work out. Skiles also is not a fan of the European player where as Del Negro embraces it.

I sort of feel that VDN is coming in as a sort of Coach Bombay who has to clean up a team of complete misfits. Lets hope his out of the box thinking helps this squad. They went from being picked to win the East to a league wide joke.

I can't wait for the season to start.