Oh, those fun "what-if" scenarios.
With the Bulls out of the playoffs for close to a month - LeBron James ended the Tom Thibodeau era on May 15 - there's a bit of a lull on the news front.
But consider this for a moment: The Bulls coaching staff wanted Draymond Green in the 2012 NBA Draft, according to a tidbit from Zach Lowe's recent Grantland feature.
In his story, which chronicles in great detail the Warriors' pursuit of Kevin Love last offseason and eventually lucking into the player Green (and Tristan Thompson) became, he quickly referenced a quote from former Bulls assistant and current Golden State assistant Ron Adams.
"That group includes (Ron) Adams, who pushed the Bulls to draft Green in 2012 when he worked as Tom Thibodeau’s lead assistant. 'As a coaching staff, we were very disappointed we didn’t get him,'" Adams said, adding Green was a "Chicago kind of guy."
Green entered the 2012 NBA Draft after four successful seasons at Michigan State. A fringe first-round prospect, Green touted intangibles, defensive skills and ability to contribute across the board. He didn't do anything great, but did just about everything well enough to succeed as a classic "glue guy."
That fit the bill for a Chicago team predicated on Thibodeau's defensive intensity. Yet, with Derrick Rose expected a large portion of the upcoming season after tearing his ACL in the playoffs, the Bulls opted for point guard depth, selecting Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague with the No. 29 pick.
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Three years later, Teague is out of the NBA, most recently playing in the D-League for the Oklahoma City Blue. Green, on the other hand, finished second in both Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player voting. He was the cog in the Warriors' 67-win season that has them three wins from an NBA championship and he'll almost certainly will earn a maximum contract this offseason.
Now, none of this is to say Green would have become the player he is in Golden State - the Warriors selected him six picks later - had the Bulls drafted him, but it's fun to think about them adding to their long line of successful draft picks.
Yes, those "what if" scenarios.
Back to the offseason.