For months we have waited to hear the news. Well, the wait is over and we now know where Brian Scalabrine will be playing next season.
Yahoo Sports has reported that the big man has agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Chicago Bulls. Scalabrine, who spent his last five seasons with the Celtics, averaged 1.5 points and .9 rebounds a game in Boston last season.
For some strange reason, head coach Tom Thibodeau made a strong case for bringing in the center-forward. Thibodeau was part of the coaching staff under Doc Rivers that both won and lost titles against the LA Lakers in the last few years. Obviously general manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson agreed with bringing in the Red-Headed Menace, sources said.
Scalabrine isn’t being brought in for his play but rather his presence. The veteran will provide leadership to a relatively young team. Otherwise, he is a terrible basketball player. He joins Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, Keith Bogans, Kurt Thomas, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson in what has proven to be a very busy summer for Chicago.
It’s a simple move to provide a recognizable face on the bench for a new coach. Thibodeau is being thrown into the gauntlet with a team that is vying for power in an increasingly talented Eastern Conference. No, Scalabrine will not win them games on the court but rather ease the mind of a coach with a big task ahead.