HUGHES FOR SIMMONS: JUST DO IT
“Talks with the Nets for Bobby Simmons remain open-ended, but one source maintained the Bulls were pessimistic about a deal.”
I’m not sure why the Bulls would feel that way. I’m also not sure Hughes would like it any better in New Jersey. While they don’t have much depth at the 2, they do have big minute players in the backcourt with Devin Harris and Vince Carter. Why the Nets would want Hughes is tough to figure. He was unhappy with his playing time on a winning team in Cleveland, and now he’s unhappy about his minutes on the Bulls. Maybe he plays more 3 there.
The Nets are an atrocious 9-14 at home and 19-23 overall. Playing the ol’ “If the season ended today” they wouldn’t even qualify for the playoffs. In fact, they are only 1.5 games ahead of the Bulls.
Simmons is a skilled player. He had one of his better games of the season last night, scoring 16 on 6-9 shooting. For the year he is shooting 43% from the field and the same from behind the arc. He was a joy to watch at DePaul and if he can stay healthy he would be a fine addition to the Bulls.
Hughes and Simmons are both free agents in 2010. They both signed 5-year deals in August of 2005. Hughes’ deal was worth $60 million while Simmons signed for $47 million.