Bulls Rumors & News

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Could landing Michael Porter or Mikal Bridges speed up the Bulls’ timetable?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Praying to win the lucky-door prize like some 82-year-old retiree at the weekly bingo hall isn’t exactly how John Paxson wants to spend his Aprils. The Bulls’ vice president of basketball operations greeted what went down Friday with a smile on his face, but he doesn’t want to make a habit of..." April 16

  • It will be a sink-or-swim summer for the Bulls, but several are about to drown

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Lauri Markkanen lovefest was in full bloom the last week of the regular season. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg excitedly sang his praises and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson called the seventh overall pick from last June’s draft a “cornerstone’’ for the organization moving..." April 14

  • John Paxson says Bulls happy with PG depth, hints at looking elsewhere in NBA Draft

    NBC Sports Chicago "End-of-year press conferences typically have the kind of optimism John Paxson displayed Thursday at the Advocate Center. For 31 minutes Paxson discussed how the Bulls are in a better place than they were a year ago, and how there were multiple factors that played a role in the team winning just 27..." April 13

  • Dallas, Chicago biggest winners in NBA Draft tiebreakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "When the league is so bunched up that heading into the final day of the season not one playoff matchup was set, there were bound to be a few teams tied when all things were said and done. In the final days of the season, that led to a lot of stories and flowcharts about possible outcomes. After..." April 13

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Bulls high-flying guard Zach LaVine believes ‘We could be something special’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Zach LaVine has put all his chips on the table. “We’re going to be good,’’ LaVine said confidently. “We are. Not just saying that, either. You can’t let opportunity knock on the door and not open the door — that’s a quote from my dad by the way — but that’s the way I look at it. We could be..." April 11

  • The Bulls need to take a look in the mirror this offseason and get defensive

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s no surprise that the Bulls’ defense is shaky right now. They’re down a handful of starters and are using unfamiliar lineup combinations that they haven’t used before. But the 124-96 loss to the Nets on Saturday wasn’t just poor defense, but rather a “debacle,’’ coach Fred Hoiberg..." April 09

  • Dennis Rodman Says Phil Jackson Made Him Apologize to Scottie Pippen

    SLAM Online "According to Dennis Rodman, prior to joining the Chicago Bulls ahead of the 1995-96 campaign, Phil Jackson asked him to apologize to Scottie Pippen as a personal favor. Rodman was initially made furious by the suggestion he had done anything wrong to Pippen as a member of The Bad Boys in..." April 09

  • Kris Dunn locks down point guards, but what about Bulls’ starting job?

    Pro Basketball Talk "For the first time in his life, Kris Dunn lost his confidence. Dunn expected to hit the ground running in the NBA. The Timberwolves drafted him No. 5 in 2016. After four years at Providence, he looked like one of the most polished rookies in his class. But Dunn struggled last season. He..." April 06

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Antonio Blakeney, the G League's newest Rookie of the Year, could stick with Bulls' future plans

    NBC Sports Chicago "It’s too early to consider Antonio Blakeney a part of the Bulls’ future. But in a year when the organization was focused more on player development than wins and losses, the 21-year-old stated his case with a monster year in the G League. That year was acknowledged Thursday afternoon when..." April 06

  • This could be the first playoffs since 1960 without New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, might pose ratings issues

    Awful Announcing "A key question for broadcasters heading into the NBA playoffs is “How good will the ratings be?” Regular-season ratings have been quite strong this season, both locally and nationally, but there’s some doubt if that will continue into the postseason, with several big markets missing out entirely..." April 06

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Denzel Valentine to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is done for season

    Chicago Tribune "Add Denzel Valentine to the growing list of Bulls who are done for the season. The Bulls announced Tuesday that the second-year guard will undergo an “arthroscopic debridement” on his left knee early Wednesday after an MRI exam to address swelling revealed the issue. Valentine is the only Bull..." April 03

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine Done For Season

    Hoops Rumors "A pair of Bulls guards, Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, won’t return to action for Chicago this season, the team announced today (Twitter link via K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune). Dunn and LaVine have been dealing with toe and knee injuries, respectively, and haven’t made enough progress to get..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg out sick against Wizards; Jim Boylen takes over

    Chicago Tribune "Fred Hoiberg didn’t coach the Bulls’ Sunday matinee against the Wizards due to a bad illness. Associate head coach Jim Boylen, Hoiberg’s lead assistant, led the team. “Not good,” Hoiberg said, when asked how he felt in his pregame remarks to reporters that lasted less than a minute. “I’m going..." April 01

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Robin Lopez fined $25,000 by NBA for post-ejection tirade

    Chicago Tribune "The NBA fined Robin Lopez $25,000 on Friday for verbally abusing officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his fourth-quarter ejection on Thursday in Miami. Lopez drew two quick technical fouls with 8 minutes, 43 seconds left in the Bulls’ loss to the Heat, their..." March 30

  • Bulls' Robin Lopez goes on epic tirade, gets his money's worth following ejection

    CBS Sports "It's been a frustrating season in Chicago, with the Bulls headed for their worst record in over a decade. Following Wednesday night's loss to the Miami Heat, the Bulls are now 24-51 on the season, and have lost seven games in a row. All of that losing is tough for any player, but especially a..." March 30

  • Guard Sean Kilpatrick is looking for a new lease on his career with the Bulls

    Chicago Sun-Times "Sean Kilpatrick found himself in a very familiar situation Tuesday. Yes, the journeyman inked a three-year, $6.2 million deal with two years non-guaranteed, and he’ll get a chance to audition for the Bulls over the remainder of the season. But, as he put it, “Every game in this league is an..." March 29

  • The Bulls are taking a huge leap of faith that their core ‘Big Three’ will work

    Chicago Sun-Times "It really is a leap of faith for the Bulls. An unknown that the organization is fully committed to, pass/fail. There’s a large enough sample size to know that Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen can be an effective 1-2 punch. That was on full display through December and into January, while Zach..." March 29

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Bulls guard Zach LaVine not worried about his intriguing restricted free agency

    Chicago Tribune "aximum contracts aren’t simply about generational wealth in the NBA. They’re also about respect and status. Zach LaVine is set to enter a fascinating restricted free agency this offseason, and he and Bulls management have emphatically stated a deal will get done. But does LaVine think he’s..." March 29

  • The Rockets took an unconventional road to build a contender; Are the Bulls watching?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Next to the Golden State Warriors, no team has done a better job of team-building than the Houston Rockets. And they didn’t have to go through the dreaded “Process” of years and years of insulting, offensive tanking to get there. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has tweaked his approach..." March 28

  • Bulls Sign Sean Kilpatrick To Multiyear Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls have signed veteran guard Sean Kilpatrick to a three-year, $6.2MM contract, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. According to Charania, the deal – signed using the mid-level exception – isn’t guaranteed for the second and third years. It has been an eventful season for Kilpatrick,..." March 26

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Bulls Sign Fair, Waive Jaylen Johnson

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls signed forward C.J. Fair and waived forward Jaylen Johnson, according to a team press release. The 6’8” Fair has appeared in 47 G League games this season, splitting time between the Windy City Bulls and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers’ affiliate. He averaged 10.1 PPG and 4.3..." March 25

  • Bulls Kris Dunn isn’t about to give up his starting spot without a fight

    Chicago Sun-Times "Kris Dunn is a “dawg.’’ Not D-O-G. Those are for petting. It’s very important to differentiate the two. No, the point guard reiterated that he’s a “dawg’’ when it comes to the court. And with that comes a subtle warning: Whoever thinks they are ready to take his starting spot this..." March 23

  • Bulls to re-evaluate Zach LaVine in 5-7 days

    Clutch Points "Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has not seen much court action this season and is likely to stay this way. An ACL tear last year forced LaVine to the sidelines as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He made his debut with the Bulls in January and scored 14 points in a win against the Pistons...." March 22

  • Bulls swingman Denzel Valentine still thinks he’s starting material

    Chicago Sun-Times "Almost two full seasons into his NBA career, it’s still difficult to say what Bulls swingman Denzel Valentine is. Is he a shooter? Is he a playmaker? Can he be a starter? Maybe it doesn’t matter anymore. Maybe Valentine is just a basketball player, and that has to be good enough for..." March 20

  • Bulls’ locker-room toughness starts with veterans Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday

    Chicago Sun-Times "This was the season the Bulls were supposed to start moving away from mediocrity. Vice president of basketball John Paxson braced fans for what was coming in a rebuilding year, saying on several occasions in the offseason and into training camp that there were going to be a lot of ugly nights —..." March 19

  • Lauri Markkanen to miss 2nd straight game with back spasms

    Chicago Tribune "Neither Lauri Markkanen nor the Bulls showed concern about any long-term issues regarding Markkanen’s balky back. “It’s muscular, not structural,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. Nevertheless, the short-term situation resulted in Markkanen staying in Chicago on Wednesday as the team traveled to..." March 14

  • Bulls point guard Kris Dunn is in search of ‘trying to be something special’

    Chicago Sun-Times "These 16 remaining games mean something for Kris Dunn. The second-year player doesn’t care about lottery balls or tanking talk. That’s for others in the Bulls organization to lose sleep over. No, Dunn has his own agenda to worry about. “You never stop learning in this game,’’ Dunn said...." March 12

  • Report: Dennis Rodman pleads guilty to DUI charges

    247 Sports "Five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman has found himself in the headlines once again for all the wrong reasons but, this time, he won't face jail time because of it. According to a report from TMZ Sports, Rodman entered a guilty plea to two counts of misdemeanor DUI charges in a California..." March 12

  • Bulls on pace to lead NBA in attendance for ninth straight season

    Clutch Points "This will be hard to explain to casual NBA fans, but the Chicago Bulls franchise is one of the most storied in the NBA. After drafting Michael Jordan in 1984, the league’s all-time greatest player led the Bulls to six championships in the 90s. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bulls’..." March 09

  • Mutual respect tug of war between Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn shows conflict is coming

    NBC Sports Chicago "Things are very polite in the Chicago Bulls locker room, but conflict is coming. No matter whether Marvin Bagley or DeAndre Ayton walks through that door to help this ailing team, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn are due for some uncomfortable moments. They both know it, too. Someone will have..." March 08

  • NBA Warns Bulls to Stop Resting Healthy Players Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday

    Bleacher Report "The NBA is getting serious about its crackdown on tanking. Earlier this week, the league sent a warning to the Chicago Bulls about resting healthy players after head coach Fred Hoiberg sat center Robin Lopez for the last six games and swingman Justin Holiday for five of the past six...." March 07

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Bulls second-year forward Denzel Valentine will now get his chance to shine

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bulls big man Bobby Portis will get his opportunity to start Monday against the Celtics. But Denzel Valentine will finally get his chance to shine. With all the talk out of practice the last few days about Portis taking his instant energy from the bench to the starting lineup, one very..." March 05

  • Sources: Bulls 'will discuss' contract extension for Bobby Portis this summer

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Bobby Portis story has evolved from the preseason, where he put the punch in punchline following his incident with Nikola Mirotic and many felt he shouldn’t have played another game in a Bulls uniform. It’s a distant memory as he prepares for his first stint as a starter Monday against the..." March 05

  • Jarell Eddie Likely To Sign 10-Day Contract With Bulls

    Real GM Basketball "Jarell Eddie is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls. Eddie has been playing with the Windy City Bulls of the G League. Eddie was with the Bulls during preseason. Eddie appeared in two games this season with the Celtics." March 01

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

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