Jim Boylen sees Tomas Satoransky as a ‘perfect fit’ for Chicago
Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen couldn’t stop raving about his team’s new acquisition Tomas Satoransky. He loves what the Czech guard brings to the table: his toughness, his versatility as a guard, and his selfless attitude.
The hard-nosed coach believes that Sato is the perfect fit for what he envisions for the Bulls this season.
“He fits with what we will do,’’ Boylen said, per Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun Times. “He can play off [the ball], he can play on it, and then you’ve got his vision of how the game should be played — with toughness and with selflessness. He was the perfect fit. We didn’t know if we could get him. We worked at it, and I think John and Gar did a terrific job of getting it done.
“When we first spoke, I just told him the truth. It’s amazing how guys respond to the truth. When you promise a guy something, he says to himself, ‘Who else is he promising [expletive] to?’ When you don’t promise anyone anything except coming in and doing work so we can be a team, it resonates with these guys now.’’
Satoransky is nowhere near the list of the top free agency signings this summer. However, an anonymous former league executive thinks the Bulls pulled off a sneaky good move this summer by bringing in the 27-year old.
The Bulls acquired Satoransky via sign-and-trade and inked him to a three-year, $30-million deal. With the way Boylen is already praising him, Satoransky should carve out a pretty sizable role in Chicago’s guard rotation.
Satoransky got the chance at a starter’s role for most of last season with the Washington Wizards as All-Star point guard John Wall went down midway through the season. In 54 starts, the 6-foot-7 guard averaged 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists.