Bulls Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Bulls’ Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games For Punching Nikola Mirotic

    CBSChicago.com "Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended eight games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in practice Tuesday. Portis’ punch came after the two engaged in an altercation that involved shoving, and the blow landed Mirotic in the hospital with two broken bones in his face and a concussion...." October 18

  • Report: NBA schedules call with Bulls' Bobby Portis to talk about fight with Mirotic

    CBS Sports "Just hours before the 2017-18 NBA season was set to begin Tuesday night, reports began circulating of a nasty altercation between Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis at practice. A short time later, the team released a statement indicating that the reports were..." October 18

  • Nikola Mirotic expected to miss a few weeks with two broken bones in face

    Larry Brown Sports "Nikola Mirotic is expected to miss a few weeks with two broken bones in his face following a practice fight with a teammate, according to a report. Mirotic was hospitalized after being punched by teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Tuesday. He has two broken bones in his face, according to..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Bobby Portis sends Nikola Mirotic to hospital after altercation

    Chicago Sun-Times "Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis came into Bulls camp last month fighting for a starting forward spot. Tuesday, they were just fighting. And the results of that physical altercation wasn’t the typical NBA non-fight fight. According to multiple witnesses, Portis and Mirotic had a heated..." October 18

  • Someone has to score for the Bulls, so why not Justin Holiday?

    NBC Chicago "Justin Holiday probably isn’t at the top of Las Vegas’ list for odds on being the Bulls’ high scorer, but if the preseason is any indication he’ll establish himself as a decent one. The Bulls will struggle, especially until Zach LaVine returns, but shots will have to come from somewhere and..." October 17

  • Nikola Mirotic Reportedly Hospitalized After Fight with Bobby Portis at Practice

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were reportedly involved in a "serious altercation" at practice Tuesday that sent Mirotic to the hospital. According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, Mirotic—who recently returned to the Bulls on a two-year, $27 million deal—will be out..." October 17

  • No surprise as Bulls, Zach LaVine decide to wait on contract extension

    NBC Chicago "Only a couple names went off the board of 2014 draftees who reached agreements on extensions with their teams, with Zach LaVine sitting on the sidelines as the midnight deadline came and went. His debut in a Bulls uniform and contract will have to wait. Although LaVine’s representatives and..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Kay Felder Reportedly Claimed by Bulls After Cavaliers Trade, Hawks Release

    Bleacher Report "Kay Felder is headed to the Chicago Bulls after the team claimed the second-year point guard off waivers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Felder was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Atlanta Hawks this week alongside Richard Jefferson and two future second-round picks. The..." October 16

  • Adam Silver ‘chuckled a little bit’ at Michael Jordan’s superteam comments

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver is taking some time to respond to Michael Jordan’s recent comments about competitive balance in the league. In an appearance Monday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” Silver was fairly dismissive of Jordan’s criticisms of the superteam era. “I chuckled a little bit because..." October 16

  • Barring the unexpected, Bulls re-signing Zach LaVine a matter of when, not if

    Chicago Tribune "Zach LaVine is the centerpiece of the Bulls' rebuild. This is indisputable. What is open to discussion is how much that is worth. Monday brings the deadline to extend LaVine's rookie-scale contract. And while talks between management and LaVine's representation have been cordial, there's..." October 16

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Derrick Rose says he tried to lure LeBron, Wade, Bosh with Bulls recruitment video

    CBS Sports "When Derrick Rose was back on the Bulls, at the peak of his career in 2011, there was a point where many people thought he needed another star. Someone to help him push through the East and reach the NBA Finals. However, his apparent reluctance to recruit led to many stars going elsewhere that..." October 11

  • Butler recounts history with Thibodeau: 'We couldn't stand each other'

    SI "The self-titled Garbage Guy from small-town Texas who grew up on Spam and syrup sandwiches, who waited tables at Denny’s and mowed lawns in basketball shoes, who played one game of AAU (“travel ball,” he called it) and never left the bench, who received a single scholarship offer out of high..." October 11

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Battling for point guard spot, Kris Dunn dislocates finger and will miss multiple weeks

    CSN Chicago "The Kris Dunn reclamation project hit a bit of a snag Friday night—literally and figuratively. Dunn will miss at least the next couple weeks with an open dislocation of his left index finger in an awkward basketball play in the Bulls’ 114-101 preseason win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the United..." October 07

  • Rajon Rondo: Chicago Bulls ‘Not Trying to Win’

    SLAM Online "Rajon Rondo was waived; Jimmy Butler was traded; and Dwyane Wade received a buyout: for Rondo, it’s clear the Chicago Bulls aren’t interested in being competitive in 2017-18. The veteran point guard thought he could’ve led the Bulls to the second round of the playoffs, but didn’t think the team..." October 05

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • Lauri Markkanen is close to a return, and more importantly his debut

    Chicago Sun-Times "A first diva moment for Lauri Markkanen? “My back is getting better,’’ the first-round pick said of his lingering back injury late Wednesday night, “but to be honest, I don’t want to say anything more as far as when I’ll be able to play. “I just really don’t want to talk about it..." October 05

  • Agent: Milos Teodosic originally agreed to sign with Bulls

    Larry Brown Sports "As Milos Teodosic dazzles in the preseason for the LA Clippers, it’s worth noting that the pairing almost did not happen. Nick Lotsos, the Serbian point guard’s longtime agent, told EuroHoops.net on Wednesday that his client originally had a verbal agreement with the Chicago Bulls and GM Gar..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Lauri Markkanen still hindered by back spasms

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen will miss the team’s next two preseason games against the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, respectively, while he continues to battle back spasms, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The back spasms originally occurred during Friday..." October 02

  • Former Lakers, Bulls coach Frank Hamblen dies at 70

    Los Angeles Times "Lakers coach Luke Walton smiled as he remembered former Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen before the Lakers began their preseason schedule. “Frank would be pissed off at me for even talking about him right now because that’s who Frank is,” said Walton, who was drafted by the Lakers in 2003..." October 01

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • Zach LaVine's knee healing, but full practices must wait

    ESPN "Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says that guard Zach LaVine won't start taking contact in practice until at least mid-November as he continues to recover from an ACL tear in his left knee. LaVine was working with Bulls staff members after Tuesday's first practice, but is not able to participate..." September 27

  • Wade reaches one-year deal with Cavaliers

    New York Daily News "A reunion between Dwyane Wade and LeBron James is happening. Wade, who was bought out by the Bulls this week after one season in Chicago, reached a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cavaliers on Tuesday afternoon, according to The Vertical. The 12-time All-Star, who was an unrestricted..." September 27

  • Zach LaVine has reason for optimism ahead of crucial season for his career, Bulls' future

    Sporting News "It will be years before the Bulls’ post-Jimmy Butler rebuild bears fruit. Their next franchise centerpiece, in all likelihood, won’t be drafted until next June. But out of their current reconstituted core, nobody will swing this direction’s success or failure more than Zach LaVine. LaVine, the..." September 26

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Wade didn't have impact Bulls had hoped, especially with younger teammates

    ESPN "The defining moment in Dwyane Wade's yearlong stint with the Chicago Bulls didn't come during a game. It came during a team meeting. After ripping his younger teammates following a Jan. 25 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, questioning just how much some in the group wanted to win, and dealing with the..." September 25

  • Bulls, Dwyane Wade Reach Buyout Agreement

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls and Dwyane Wade have reached an agreement on a buyout, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune tweets. The early favorites for Wade’s services are the Spurs, Cavaliers and Heat, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. Miami is currently positioned to pay him the most money this..." September 25

  • Sources: Cavs, Spurs, Heat among Dwyane Wade's top suitors

    ESPN "The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as a clear favorite to land newly minted free agent Dwyane Wade, after he agreed to a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, sources told ESPN.com. Wade agreed to leave about $8 million of his $23.8 million salary on the table after talks between..." September 25

  • Bulls reach terms with restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic

    Chicago Tribune "Negotiations took longer than both sides anticipated, but the Nikola Mirotic saga ended Sunday in the manner that everyone predicted. Mirotic will report to Monday's Media Day activities as a Bull. The restricted free agent forward agreed to a two-year, $27 million deal that contains a team..." September 24

  • Bulls Sign Jarell Eddie, Jaylen Johnson

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls have finalized a pair of signings, inking Jarell Eddie and Jaylen Johnson to contracts, according to RealGM’s log of official NBA transactions. While details of those deals aren’t known, I’d anticipate little to no guaranteed money for Eddie and Johnson. Eddie, who will turn 26 next..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • John Paxson: 'We're More Than Willing' to Work on Dwyane Wade Contract Buyout

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said Thursday that the organization is willing to work with veteran guard Dwyane Wade on a potential buyout. As seen in the following transcription of Paxson's comments from Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score, Paxson made it clear..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • Doug Collins: 'Under no circumstances' will I coach Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "Nine years after he tried to hire him for a second stint as Bulls coach, John Paxson got his man. In an out-of-the-blue announcement, the Bulls hired Doug Collins as senior adviser of basketball operations Tuesday morning. The former Bulls coach will report directly to Paxson. Collins put..." September 19

  • Bulls bring back former coach Doug Collins as senior advisor

    Chicago Sun-Times "Twenty-eight years after firing him as coach, the Bulls have hired Doug Collins as a senior advisor. He will report to his former player John Paxson, the executive vice president for basketball operations. “Doug will be great in this capacity for our organization. The position of ‘senior..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

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