Bad Idea: Bulls Massively Overpay for Joakim Noah

In a move eerily reminiscent of the Cleveland Cavaliers giving Anderson Varejao $43 million when his own mother didn’t believe he was worth it, the Chicago Bulls inked Joakim Noah to a five-year, $60-million extension on Monday.

While Noah clearly provides some much-needed toughness on a team whose newly signed power forward is too short to ride Space Mountain, paying $12.5 million a year is overkill. In fact, by making this move, the Bulls have just become the new Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. What does that mean? Expect 50-plus victories during the regular season. The franchise will be proud of itself, the community will get excited -- then before the champagne cork hits the ceiling, a swift playoff exit courtesy of a real team. That's what the hoops crystal ball shows for the Bulls.

Or does anyone believe the Bulls -- whose core consists of Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Noah  -- can surge past the Heat, Magic or Celtics and compete for an NBA championship?

The truth is, the only thing Noah has done thus far is win the DNA lottery. Thanks to...

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