You may not believe it's the best "win now" move, but it's pretty clear the FO wanted the youngins to play because it would both preserve vets and make the Bulls deeper. And I think with McDermott there was a particular (and perhaps quite inaccurate) belief that he could contribute right away and be an offensive threat.Perhaps, but why so much pressure on Thibs last season to give an average at best rookie like McDermott entitlement minutes? And integrate rookie Mirotic into a logjam at the 4/5 as well. Not very "win now."
Mirotic I'm sure was believed to be a win now player given he was the best player in Europe. Again, may not have been actually true, but that was presumably the FO belief.
Well, we've covered quite thoroughly that there was a smear campaign going in both directions, but you just keep your blinders on to that fact. Frankly, neither side comes off looking terribly professional.At least Mirotic was a 17+ PER player last season under Thibs. Production way down under Hoiball.
And of course publicly smearing the head coach while trying to "win now" is not to go about doing things either.
I'm not going to disagree with you here. This regime has not shown much ability to improve the team at the trade deadline.The safe bet to answering that question will be "stand pat" and try and make the 1st round of the playoffs.