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Forman, Thibodeau address Asik offer


Forman, Thibodeau address Asik offer

DEERFIELD, Ill. Overshadowing Mondays press conference of Bulls first-round pick Marquis Teague at the Berto Center was the prospect of backup center Omer Asiks seemingly imminent departure. Over the weekend, as the NBAs free-agency period began, reports that Asik had agreed to a three-year, 25-million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets made the rounds, forcing Bulls general manager Gar Forman to add his take on that development to Teagues introduction to Chicago.

Obviously weve been very active making calls, starting on Sunday, to address several roster spots that we have and trying to put our team together, and thats something that will continue through this week and possibly for a lot of the month, said Forman. And in regards to Omer, obviously Ive seen reports of an offer, but we havent seen anything yet.

First of all, I dont want to speculate until we actually see something, he continued. Second of all, I think weve made it clear that we value Omer and its our goal that Omer would stay with the Chicago Bulls, but Im not going to talk about any type of negotiation or anything contractually until we see something.

Asik, a native of Bursa, Turkey, is entering his third season, and while hes quietly regarded as one of the leagues most underrated defensive players at his position, eyebrows raised around the NBA at the Rocket's offer. Unsurprisingly, defensive-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau, saw the logic in Houstons offer, which the Bulls will have three days to match following the July 11 end of the free-agency moratorium.

In the end, well weigh everything out and then well make a decision, said Thibodeau, who added, I dont want to look at it that way, when asked about the possibility that Asik wont be back in a Bulls uniform. Things like that are going to happen. When teams win, the value of a player goes up and hes done a great job for us.

Hes done a great job here for two years. Obviously his defense, rebounding, shot-blockingthat parts obviousbut I think offensively, his ability to run the floor, screen, get to the offensive board, thats what makes him so valuable to us, so we value all that he brings to our team," continued the coach, who mentioned that the teams front office has been very inclusive in involving him with the organizations free-agency process. You have to look at the entire picture and see what makes the most sense, and Im sure well make a good decision in the end.

I dont think you can measure him statistically, even though some of his statistics are very, very good. But hes also very smart, helps your team execute on both ends, so he has great value in the league.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania


White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup


Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

One thing you better do if you play for Rick Renteria is run to first base.

Yet again, Renteria benched one of his players Monday for the sin of not hustling down the line.

Welington Castillo, a veteran, not a developing player in need of ample “learning experiences,” popped up to first base with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth inning of Monday’s eventual 3-2 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He did not run down to first, instead staying at home plate.

So when the inning ended and the White Sox took the field, Castillo stayed in the dugout.

Ricky’s boys don’t quit, or so the slogan goes. But what happens when a player doesn’t live up to that mantra? What happens when they don’t play their absolute hardest for all 27 outs, as the T-shirts preach? This is what happens. A benching.

“It was towering fly ball in the infield at first, probably had 15, 20 seconds of hangtime,” Renteria explained after the game. “I assumed the dropped ball. It has occurred. He could, at minimum, at least start moving that way.

“That’s uncharacteristic of him, to be honest, it truly is. Maybe he was just frustrated in that he had the fly ball and just stayed at the plate, but there was no movement toward first at all. And you guys have heard me talk to all the guys about at least giving an opportunity to move in that particular direction.

“Everybody says, ‘Well, 99 out of (100) times he’s going to catch that ball.’ And then that one time that he doesn’t, what would I do if the ball had been dropped? Would it have made it easier to pull him? Well, it was just as easy because you expect not the best, but the worst.

“That is uncharacteristic of that young man. I had a quick conversation with him on the bench, and he knew and that was it.”

It might seem a little overdramatic, a little nutty, even, to sit down a veteran catcher brought in this offseason to provide some offense and to do it in a one-run game. But this rebuild is about more than just waiting around for the minor league talent to make its way to the South Side. It’s about developing an organizational culture, too. And Renteria feels that if he lets this kind of thing slide at the big league level, that won’t send the right message to those precious prospects who will one day fill out this lineup.

“There’s one way to do it, you get your action, you start moving toward that direction in which you’ve got to go,” Renteria said. “What would’ve happened if everybody’s watching it — and I’m setting the tone for not only here, our club, (but also for) everybody in the minor leagues — and they’re saying, ‘Well, at the top, they said they’re going to do this and then they don’t do it.’

“It’s really simple. And people might like it, not like it. I’ve got to do this, do that so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2018. Avisail Garcia was taken out of a game during spring training for not giving maximum effort. Leury Garcia was removed from a game earlier this month for not busting it down the first-base line on a weak grounder that went right to the first baseman.

It’s become a somewhat common tactic for Renteria, and while it might strike some as taking things a little too seriously, what good is this developmental season if a culture goes undeveloped? The White Sox have placed their bright future, in part, in Renteria’s hands, and they’ve talked glowingly about how the players have bought into his style and how the team played last season under his leadership.

If Renteria truly is the right man for the rebuild, things like this are how he’s going to establish his culture. And it will, he hopes, impact how all those prospects play when they’re no longer prospects and the White Sox are contending for championships.