Jerry Reinsdorf: Ben Gordon would have had a diminished role if he returned to the Bulls

Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf knocked Ben Gordon’s game in a recent interview. (Hat tip: TrueHoop) From Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times:

Question: What do you think of Ben Gordon’s signing as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons?

Answer: Actually, we made a decision a year ago not to commit long term to Ben. We tried, and he turned it down. Then, near the end, [now GM] Gar Forman and John [Paxson] decided it probably wasn’t a good idea to make a long-term decision. We wanted to see what other options might develop. So we withdrew the offer [six years, $54 million] we had on the table. Ben ultimately said he would take it, but it was too late.

Now, fast forward to the end of the year, we have [John] Salmons and we have a hell of a three-guard rotation with [Kirk] Hinrich and Derrick [Rose]. Ben wasn’t going to get a whole lot of playing time. [It] was going to be diminished. So Ben really no longer fit. Ben’s a terrific player. But Ben needs minutes. He would not have been happy with the minutes he was going to get.


You may not have wanted to pay him as much as Detroit did. But if he was back the Bulls, he definitely would have gotten he his usual playing time.

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