Keith Bogans, last year's starting shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls, was waived last Friday and is unhappy about the way that things were carried out. According to KC Johsnon of the Chicago Tribune, "Bogans has drawn interest from several teams but was extremely unhappy with the way his Bulls' stint ended."
The man who backed him up, Ronnie Brewer, won't be happy to see him go either.
"Man, he summed up our team," Brewer said. "He took the ego out of it. He did his job. Thibs asked him to start, play as hard as he possibly can. Sometimes he didn't get back in until the start of the third quarter, but you didn't hear him complain once.
"He brought it every day. He was a great teammate to me. He pushed me to work hard every day. He will be missed."
It's been my observation that the sentiments of Brewer and the other teammates are the same and a big difference from the fans.
It's not that the fans don't appreciate what Bogans didn't bring, it's that he wasn't productive enough to be a real starter, and the reality is that as of now, he's at best the third-best shooting guard on the team. While he might have started last year over Brewer, Brewer was better.
Now the addition of Rip Hamilton means that Bogans has become somewhat superfluous. To a degree I understand him being upset, but at the same time, this was not hard to see coming. It's not like the Bulls were holding their desire to upgrade at shooting guard close to the vest.
I'm not sure who the teams are who he has drawn interest from, but two that come to mind are the Los Angeles Lakers, who are looking to replace Shannon Brown; and the New York Knicks, who are looking for defensive depth.
Hopefully Bogans can land somewhere. He's a good guy and a good teammate and his value goes beyond what he does on the court.