Lonny Baxter is underrated.
He's a powerful monster who lacks the soaring athleticism of Chris Wilcox but can be virtually unmoveable in the paint. If he shows that he knows how to come in and get 8 rebounds in 18 minutes, then he'll be on our IR, at the very least. Anyone can always use more rebounds.
The more and more I think about it, the more difficult it becomes to really root for Fizer next year. I don't know many teams in the NBA where you can see huge minutes for two players playing the same position. Chandler is really not that versatile yet... he might be able to defend the SF position, but won't have any offense there. Fizer doesn't work at SF either, for more than very spot minutes.
Fizer really might develop into the type of player that can post, pop a j, defend the interior, and maybe even learn how to crash boards. An all-around strong PF, something better than a "role" player but not quite a star. On a team with an amazing backcourt and a strong center, Fizer would fit in perfectly. On a team like the Bulls, where Chandler, Curry, and Rose are the main focus, Fizer just doesn't seem to fit.
Bench players are always better as being role players, unless they are called upon to be starters in the case of injury.
That's why the Kings won't be able to hang on to Turkoglu, and why the Wolves will have to make a deal with either Brandon or Billups, and why the Clippers are just straight up screwed. These teams have players with starting capability (or are developing it) sitting on the bench, and because of this, will eventually lose them to free agency anyway, since those player will be worthy of a hefty contract. Hedo might stay with the Kings because they are one of the best teams around, but other teams with other player?
Consider the Bulls, now. Fizer honestly has the ability to push for a starting spot on several teams: Orlando, Milwaukee, Seattle, Phoenix, and New Orleans. Of course, a lot of these teams are addressing their needs at PF through the draft, but Fizer is a proven player and won't demand the max for a long term contract.
Chandler Fizer Baxter. Sounds like a nice luxury for frontcourt depth, but it can't last.
This is why we will keep Baxter, even if only on the IR.