Bulls Rumors & News

  • Robin Lopez is committed to staying with the Bulls and the rebuild

    Chicago Sun-Times "Robin Lopez has been a part of four playoff runs. There likely won’t be a fifth. At least not with the Bulls. These 3-10 Bulls. “I’m competitive, and I know all the guys in this locker room are competitive, so we’re focused on getting better that day in practice, getting better and going..." November 21

  • Zach LaVine Cleared For Contact As He Recovers ACL

    Real GM Basketball "Zach LaVine has been cleared for contact by the surgeon who repaired the torn ACL in his left knee in February. The Chicago Bulls aren't sure when LaVine will return to game action but he's targeting mid- to late December. “As long as I’m progressing and doing what I need to do on the court,..." November 21

  • Ex-Bulls G Ben Gordon arrested for driving with forged license plate

    Chicago Sun-Times "Former Bulls guard Ben Gordon was arrested Sunday in New York City for driving with a forged license plate. Gordon was arrested around 9 p.m. ET following a routine traffic stop, according to a police report obtained by the New York Post. The officer ran Gordon’s plates only to find out that..." November 20

  • Five early-season trade targets

    Sportsnet "The Boston Celtics have clearly emerged as the early-season class of the East. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may wind up taking their expected place atop that mantle, but look weaker than ever. Correction—James is, per usual, playing at an unfathomably high level, yet his supporting..." November 18

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • Zach LaVine Could Be Cleared For Contact Practices As Early As Next Week

    Dime Magazine "Zach LaVine is one of the most explosive athletes the league has seen since Toronto-era Vince Carter in the early 2000s. He’s a two-time dunk champ, and during his first few seasons in Minnesota, he established himself as a versatile offensive threat and one of the Timberwolves’ three-headed hydra..." November 16

  • Lauri Markkanen will remain Bulls starter when Nikola Mirotic cleared to play

    Chicago Tribune "Fred Hoiberg said it hasn't yet been determined whether Nikola Mirotic will travel on the Bulls' four-game trip that begins Sunday in Phoenix. What is settled is who will be the starting power forward when Mirotic is physically cleared to play. "I would say Lauri (Markkanen) is our starter..." November 16

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Nikola Mirotic Is Still Not Speaking To Bobby Portis At Bulls Practice

    Dime Magazine "Nikola Mirotic has returned to the Bulls practice facility to workout and continue his comeback from facial fractures and a concussion. Those injuries were famously sustained during a practice fight when teammate Bobby Portis punched him in the face. Portis was suspended for eight games, but..." November 14

  • Kris Dunn gets nod to start as Justin Holiday takes paternity leave

    Clutch Points "Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is leaning towards starting a tandem of Kris Dunn and Jerian Grant on the backcourt, as shooting guard Justin Holiday takes a paternity leave with the birth of his first child prior to Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s..." November 14

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • John Paxson: It’s on Nikola Mirotic to be around Bulls more now

    Pro Basketball Talk "Bobby Portis is thriving on the court since returning from an eight-game, team-issued suspension for punching Nikola Mirotic in the face during practice. Mirotic is still recovering from the injury he suffered, the distinction a sore spot for him. Bulls teammates are reportedly siding with..." November 14

  • Bulls teammates Portis, Mirotic still not on speaking terms but in the gym together

    CBS Sports "Nearly a month after a nasty physical altercation between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic at Chicago Bulls practice that left Mirotic with a concussion and facial fractures, the two players have still not talked to each other. Portis, who was suspended eight games for punching Mirotic, has..." November 13

  • Chicago officially named host of 2020 All-Star weekend

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Bulls will host the NBA All-Star Game in 2020, the league officially announced at a press conference Friday. The announcement featured numerous dignitaries, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and Bulls President and COO Michael Reinsdorf. "It..." November 10

  • Lauri Markkanen is Mitch Trubisky. Mitch Trubisky is Lauri Markkanen.

    Chicago Tribune "Lauri Markkanen is Finnish for Mitch Trubisky. That’s my mnemonic for basketball season. It can be yours, too. I’m a pleaser, not a teaser. That’s the template I’m flopping over to the court to justify my viewing experience and not risk the urge to dunk my head in a bucket of battery..." November 09

  • The Bucks' mini season ticket plan includes an epic Bulls troll

    CSN Chicago "Apparently the Bucks are still upset over the physical playoff series against the Bulls in 2015. Whoever is running the team's website and, more specifically, putting together season ticket packages has a sense of humor when it comes to the Bulls rebuild. Fans pick the games they want to..." November 09

  • Bulls players reportedly side with Bobby Portis over Nikola Mirotic after incident

    CBS Sports "Chicago Bulls foward Nikola Mirotic reportedly doesn't want to be on the same team as Bobby Portis, who sent Mirotic to the hospital with two broken bones and a concussion after punching him in the face on the first day of the NBA season in October. That's understandable. But, according to Joe..." November 08

  • Bobby Portis And Nikola Mirotic Still Haven’t Spoken Since Their High-Profile Practice Fight

    Dime Magazine "The practice fight between Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic in mid-October was a stunner on a number of levels. First, it isn’t every day that teammates scrap to the degree that one ends up injured for weeks and, through that same prism, the other is assessed with a lengthy..." November 08

  • Zach LaVine continues eyeing full contact in practices in two weeks

    Chicago Sun-Times "There’s still some uncertainty surrounding guard Zach LaVine’s rehab schedule, but at least there’s progress. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday that LaVine continued getting extra work after the morning shootaround. As long as there are no setbacks with his surgically repaired anterior cruciate..." November 08

  • Jimmy Butler: 'It was either going to be me or the Fred Hoiberg route' for Bulls

    Sporting News "Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has Feb. 9, 2018 circled on his calendar. That's the night he returns to Chicago to face his old team, the Bulls. Butler played his first six seasons in the Windy City, emerging as one of the NBA's brightest young stars over the past couple of years before he was..." November 08

  • Jimmy Butler: 'It was either going to be me or the Fred Hoiberg route' for Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "Jimmy Butler took a canoe trip for an ESPN segment called “Hang Time,” and the former Bulls guard made some waves. Asked by host Sam Alipour why the Bulls would have made him available, he replied: “I probably went about a lot of things the wrong way. People don’t work as hard as I do and they..." November 07

  • Nikola Mirotic upset Portis will make Bulls return before him

    Larry Brown Sports "When the Chicago Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, forward Bobby Portis will take his spot on the bench and play back-up to Lauri Markkanen, possibly even seeing some reserve minutes throughout the game. It will be Portis’ first action of the season after serving a team-issued..." November 07

  • Robin Lopez all for the rebuild, but youngsters have to earn minutes

    Chicago Sun-Times "In many ways, Bulls center Robin Lopez is a walking contradiction. The crazy hair and the framed picture of Britney Spears he keeps in his locker scream outside the box. Ten years in the NBA, however, have instilled some old-school values that he doesn’t take lightly. Lopez understands..." November 07

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • David Nwaba to miss several weeks with ankle injury

    Fanrag Sports "The rebuilding Chicago Bulls got some bad news on Monday as head coach Fred Hoiberg announced that guard David Nwaba will miss at least the next two -to-four weeks due to a severely sprained ankle. The second-year guard was injured during the Bulls’ 96-90 overtime loss to the New Orleans..." November 06

  • Bulls, Hawks Most Likely Suitors For Jahlil Okafor?

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls and Hawks appear to be the most likely landing spots for Jahlil Okafor, according to TNT’s David Aldridge, who cites league sources in his latest report at NBA.com. However, the Sixers continue to hold out for “at least a draft pick,” Aldridge writes. While it’s not clear if Aldridge..." November 06

  • Bulls to figure out Bobby Portis' role as he returns from suspension

    ESPN "Bulls forward Bobby Portis will make his season debut Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors now that his eight-game suspension is up, but what remains unclear is how exactly he'll fit into coach Fred Hoiberg's rotation. Portis was suspended for punching Bulls forward Niko Mirotic during an..." November 05

  • NBA to hold lottery in Chicago next spring

    Chicago Tribune "The NBA draft lottery is coming to Chicago, just in time for the Bulls' rebuild. The league announced on Thursday that it will conduct its annual ping-pong ball extravaganza for the first time ever outside of New Jersey or New York. It will be held May 15 to streamline the process with the..." November 04

  • Zach LaVine Reportedly Agrees to Four-Year Contract with Adidas

    SLAM Online "Zach LaVine has reportedly made the switch from Nike to adidas, according to ESPN. LaVine has worn Nikes ever since coming into the League in 2014, rotating through a stable of retro and current Kobe Bryant sneakers. The 22-year-old is moving on, though, agreeing to a four-year contract with..." November 03

  • Nikola Mirotic returns to Bulls facility but status quo remains for him and organization

    NBC Chicago "In what Fred Hoiberg called a “big step,” Nikola Mirotic was slated to return to the Bulls practice facility ON Tuesday afternoon to get some light supervised activity in for the first time since being punched by Bobby Portis. The glitch in that step is Mirotic was going to the Advocate Center..." November 01

  • One NBA executive thinks Grant-Dunn ‘open’ competition is already over

    Chicago Sun-Times "Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn’t have to make a decision until Wednesday. And even then, he isn’t obligated to make any changes. By then, Hoiberg will have had two intense practices, film to study and some input from his staff and front office. Then maybe, just maybe, the “open competition’’..." October 31

  • Easy formula for Bulls point guards is to get ball to Lauri Markkanen

    CSN Chicago "The Bulls haven’t quite sent out a flare signal for a point guard, but since trading Derrick Rose it’s been a revolving door that doesn’t look to stop moving anytime soon. The dreaded phrase “point guard of the future” has been uttered four times in the last year or so, and if the old adage..." October 31

  • Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic will not have surgery on facial fractures

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players often have to deal with the question of having surgery or not, usually on a knee or ankle or back. While there are plenty of injuries where the course of treatment is clear cut, there are times when it’s a matter of personal or organizational preference. Rarely does that choice..." October 31

  • Bulls pick up 4th-year options on Payne, Portis

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Bulls have picked up the fourth-year option on Cameron Payne's rookie contract. Shams Charania of the Vertical reported the Bulls exercised the option for 2018-19 on Friday. Payne has yet to appear in a game for the Bulls this season. He had surgery in September after breaking..." October 27

  • What’s Next For Mirotic, Portis, Bulls?

    Hoops Rumors "After trading Jimmy Butler, waiving Rajon Rondo, and buying out Dwyane Wade, the Bulls appeared set to lay low this season, embarking on a full-fledged rebuild with virtually no pressure to win games in 2017/18. However, the franchise, plagued by on-court and off-court drama in recent years,..." October 27

  • Report: Bulls pessimistic Portis and Mirotic can co-exist moving forward

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Bulls reportedly are pessimistic about the ability of Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic to co-exist moving forward. Earlier this month, the Bulls suspended Portis eight games for an altercation with Mirotic that left Mirotic with a concussion and facial fractures. Mirotic was..." October 27

  • Nikola Mirotic Could Waive Trade Veto

    Hoops Rumors "There have been indications that Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis may not be able to co-exist when the former returns to the court following his injury, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. There is now a sense of pessimism that the two could co-exist moving forward. Johnson notes..." October 26

  • Nikola Mirotic Prefers To Remain With Bulls

    Real GM Basketball "Nikola Mirotic would prefer to remain with the Chicago Bulls, but there's a growing sense that he would find it difficult to remain teammates with Bobby Portis. Mirotic suffered multiple fractures and a concussion following a practice scuffle with Portis before the start of the season." October 26

  • Portis’ punch of Mirotic will mar Bulls’ entire season

    Chicago Sun-Times "There’s only one real question now: Can Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic ever play together again? During a practice last Tuesday at which no media members were allowed, Bulls power forward Portis punched fellow power forward Mirotic in the face after some type of confrontation. Mirotic suffered..." October 25

  • Kris Dunn is set to return but remains low key in discussing his goals

    Chicago Sun-Times "Fred Hoiberg revealed a lot about his point guard position on Tuesday. Specifically, it’s about to get a bit more crowded with Kris Dunn (left index finger) likely making his regular-season debut either Thursday or Saturday at the United Center, and that it will remain an open competition for..." October 25

  • Bulls Rookie Lauri Markkanen Asked Brian Scalabrine Permission To Wear No. 24 Jersey

    CBSChicago.com "Brian Scalabrine’s two-year stint with the Bulls didn’t produce gaudy personal statistics, as he averaged 1.1 points in 46 games in Chicago. What it did produce was the moniker of “White Mamba,” which Bulls fans tabbed the crowd favorite with. And now five years after Scalabrine’s playing..." October 25

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • Impressed royalty: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade endorse 'very confident' Lauri Markkanen

    CSN Chicago "It’s not fair to lose a starting job due to injury or even being hit in the face by a teammate, but three games in it looks like Lauri Markkanen doesn’t have to be brought along as slowly as people thought before the season. Markkanen was supposed to be battling incumbents Nikola Mirotic and..." October 25

  • Bulls' Front Office Was Irked By Lack Of Credit During Thibodeau Era

    Real GM Basketball "The relationship between Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls' front office deteriorated over time. Thibodeau wanted to maintain the ability to run his program his way, while John Paxson and Gar Forman wanted more input, such as how many minutes star players were given. Sources say Paxson and..." October 24

  • There are more growing concerns about the Mirotic-Portis relationship

    Chicago Sun-Times "Robin Lopez is well aware that the Nikola Mirotic-Bobby Portis situation might need a lot more fixing than first anticipated. Lopez’s hope was that there would be a healing period and then both players could sit down with the team, mend the damaged bridge and move on, but the fact that Mirotic..." October 24

  • Zach LaVine hopeful to be cleared for contact 'soon'

    Chicago Tribune "Addressing reporters for the first time since Media Day on Sept. 25, an upbeat Zach LaVine said he plans to be cleared for contact "soon" and remains on track with his left ACL rehab. "It all depends on them. I’m pushing them as hard as I can, but at the end of the day we still gotta be..." October 23

  • Bobby Portis apologizes to Bulls for scrap with Nikola Mirotic

    ESPN "Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. "He didn't address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of," Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday's..." October 20

  • Nikola Mirotic was aggressor in Bobby Portis altercation

    Yardbarker "More details continue to emerge in the ugly incident between Chicago Bulls teammates Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Veteran basketball writer Peter Vecsey reported on Wednesday that Mirotic was the aggressor in the altercation with Portis at Bulls practice this week that left him with facial..." October 18

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