Bulls Rumors & News

  • Jimmy Butler: ‘I just don’t like the way some things were handled’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jimmy Butler admittedly wanted to be the face of the Chicago Bulls. It meant something to him. It stood for something. Now? “It doesn’t mean a damn thing,’’ the three-time All-Star told the Sun-Times in a phone interview from Paris on Friday. “I guess being called the face of an..." June 23

  • Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

    Real GM Basketball "The Denver Nuggets discussed a Jimmy Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls, but were unwilling to include Jamal Murray in any deal. Murray was one of the league's better rookies last season and is part of Denver's core around Nikola Jokic." June 23

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • Report: Butler’s attitude toward Fred Hoiberg made players ‘uncomfortable’

    Larry Brown Sports "There has been a lot of talk about the Chicago Bulls not getting enough in return from the Minnesota Timberwolves with the Jimmy Butler trade, but that may have something to do with teams knowing Butler’s relationship with his coach had soured. In a lengthy feature about how the Butler trade..." June 23

  • The Celtics Are Still Trying To Convince Everyone It Would Cost Them Too Much To Trade For Jimmy Butler

    Uproxx "The Boston Celtics didn’t trade for Jimmy Butler because it reportedly would have cost them a top pick in the NBA Draft. So Butler went to Minnesota in a draft night swap that surprised many in the NBA world. But the actual deal Chicago got in trading Butler away wasn’t all that pricey compared..." June 23

  • Rajon Rondo, Ricky Rubio have unclear futures after Jimmy Butler trade

    Hoops Hype "After the Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rajon Rondo and Ricky Rubio became immediately impacted as well. USA TODAY’s Jeff Zillgitt reported the Timberwolves are still trying to trade Rubio after the recent move to land Butler. Dallas was once linked to Rubio..." June 23

  • Wade still exercising option with Bulls despite Butler trade

    Real GM Basketball "Despite the Chicago Bulls' trade of Jimmy Butler on draft night, Dwyane Wade will stand by his decision to exercise his player option worth $23.8 million, sources tell Vincent Goodwill. Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last offseason in a surprising decision to part ways with the..." June 23

  • Butler's trainer calls Bulls GM Forman a 'liar' after trade

    CBSChicago.com "The first inkling of how Jimmy Butler and his camp may have felt about him being traded from the Bulls to the Timberwolves in a blockbuster deal Thursday night during the NBA Draft came from his trainer, Travelle Gaines. Butler is on vacation in Paris currently. With a location stamp of Paris,..." June 23

  • Jimmy Butler learned about Wolves trade in middle of the night in Paris

    CBS Sports "Jimmy Butler hears the rumors -- he knew there was a chance he would be traded on the day of the NBA Draft, just like the rest of us. But that didn't stop him from heading to Paris with some other NBA players. Butler, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Dwyane Wade appeared to be having a..." June 23

  • Report: Celtics refused to part with high draft picks in Jimmy Butler trade talks

    Larry Brown Sports "Many Boston Celtics fans were left wondering why the team wasn’t more involved in the process that ultimately saw the Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler, and the answer is pretty simple: Danny Ainge loves his draft picks. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, trade talks between the..." June 22

  • Bulls Agree To Trade Jimmy Butler To Timberwolves

    Hoops Rumors "The Timberwolves have acquired Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, with K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune tweeting that the two sides have reached an agreement in principle on a Butler deal. According to Johnson (via Twitter), the Bulls will receive Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 overall pick...." June 22

  • Nuggets inquiring about Jimmy Butler; Jokic off the table

    CBS Sports "The trade inquiries about Bulls forward Jimmy Butler just keep on coming, and the latest potential suitor is reportedly the Denver Nuggets. From ESPN's Jeff Goodman: Denver has spoken to the Bulls about Jimmy Butler, source told ESPN. Would include multiple young players, not Nikola Jokic,..." June 22

  • Celtics Not Currently Engaged In Jimmy Butler Talks

    Hoops Rumors "Trade discussions involving Jimmy Butler continue to take place, but those talks don’t include the Celtics, and haven’t “for a while,” according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald (Twitter link). Bulpett’s report doesn’t necessarily mean that the Celtics are out of the Butler sweepstakes..." June 22

  • Cavs no longer pursuing Paul George or Jimmy Butler

    Cavs Nation "As most basketball fans know, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been engaged in trade talks with Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George over the last few days. However, a bit of new information has emerged with regards to the matter. According to ESPN’s Brian..." June 22

  • Rival execs believe Timberwolves are offering No. 7 pick for Jimmy Butler

    CBS Sports "The Timberwolves have long had interest in reuniting Jimmy Butler with his former coach, Tom Thibodeau. Last year rumors flew that the Wolves and Bulls were discussing a Butler swap. On Thursday, the Wolves once again were linked to Butler. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Minnesota is considering..." June 22

  • Dwyane Wade Had a Petty Response for Fans Who Suggested He Doesn't Deserve $24 Million

    Complex "Dwyane Wade informed the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night that he will exercise the player option in his current contract and stay with the team next season. Even though Wade could have opted out of his contract to join forces with good friend and former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James in..." June 21

  • ‘Zero truth’ to idea Cavs players are telling Jimmy Butler to stay away

    Sportsnaut "Things seem to be completely up in the air in Cleveland less than two weeks after the Cavaliers lost the NBA Finals for the second time in three years. The week started with Cleveland moving on from general manager David Griffin. It continued with reports that the team is interested in Jimmy..." June 21

  • Content with Bulls, Jimmy Butler wants Kyle Lowry to join him in Chicago

    CBS Sports "Jimmy Butler has been surrounded with NBA trade rumors for years, but early in the offseason they've really picked up and it's the first time it's felt like he could actually be dealt. The Bulls want to use Butler to get assets for the future and that's left the two sides at an..." June 21

  • Cavs players now telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from sudden chaos

    Chicago Sun-Times "No stranger to organizational dysfunction, Jimmy Butler was warned Tuesday night to stay away from the Cavaliers. According to a Cleveland source close to the situation, several of the Cavaliers who had been prodding Butler to push for a trade from the Bulls the last five days were now warning..." June 21

  • David Griffin left behind proposals for Cavaliers to trade for Jimmy Butler, Paul George

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin left for his successors potential trades to bring either Chicago's Jimmy Butler or Indiana's Paul George to the team, sources told cleveland.com, and one or more deals Griffin constructed could happen without him. In either case, a third team would..." June 21

  • Petition seeks Dennis Rodman’s HoF removal over North Korea actions

    Sporting News "A petition on change.org is seeking the removal of Dennis Rodman from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame because of his praise and defense of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The petition, started by a group called the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, comes the same week..." June 21

  • NBA Exec on Jimmy Butler: ‘It’s Either Boston or Cleveland But He’s Going’

    SLAM Online "Whether the Celtics can find the right package with the No. 3 pick or Cavs can pull off a multi-team deal, it’s looking more likely that Jimmy Butler will be in a new uniform next season. According to CSN Chicago, the Bulls are “actively shopping” Butler in order to start their rebuild, with..." June 21

  • The Celtics Reportedly Turned Down An Offer Of Jimmy Butler For The No. 3 Pick

    Uproxx "The prevailing thought around the NBA after the Celtics shipped the No. 1 pick off to Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick and a future first rounder was that more moves were coming soon out of Boston. Danny Ainge has done a magnificent job of racking up valuable assets while still managing to build a..." June 21

  • Cavs players now telling Jimmy Butler to stay away from sudden chaos

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jimmy Butler is no stranger to organizational dysfunction, but even the three-time All-Star was warned Tuesday evening to now stay away from the chaos that is the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to a Cleveland source close to the situation, several of the same Cavs players that had been courting..." June 21

  • Bulls In Mix For Milos Teodosic?

    Hoops Rumors "If Milos Teodosic decides to leave Europe for the NBA, the Bulls appear to be a possible landing spot, according to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops. The Bulls are reportedly willing to offer Teodosic a multiyear contract worth more than CSKA Moscow’s reported offer of 12 million euros over three..." June 20

  • Dwyane Wade tells Bulls he's picking up $24M option for 2017-18

    ESPN "Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade told the team he is is picking up his $24 million player option to remain with the team next season, a source confirmed to ESPN's Nick Friedell. Wade had until June 27 to inform the Bulls of his decision, which was first reported by CSN Chicago. After the..." June 20

  • Butler Could Be Traded 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

    CSN Chicago "It's becoming clearer by the minute that the smoke surrounding Jimmy Butler is looking more like truth and not just conjecture as the NBA Draft approaches. The Bulls routinely say they'll take phone calls from teams about Butler's availability around this time and at the trade deadline but this..." June 20

  • Bulls, Knicks reportedly have interest in top-five prospect Josh Jackson

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks have been involved in trade rumors involving their best player in recent days, as Jimmy Butler reportedly will push for a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Phil Jackson and Co. are apparently not ruling out dealing young big man Kristaps Porzingis...." June 20

  • Jimmy Butler Could Push Bulls For Trade To Cavaliers

    Real GM Basketball "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have reached out to Jimmy Butler directly and through back channels over the past five days to gauge his interest in joining them with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Butler could even push the Chicago Bulls' front office to trade him to the Cavaliers. Butler has told Gar..." June 20

  • Sources: Wade leaning toward $24 million option for next season

    ESPN "Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade is leaning toward picking up his $24 million player option to remain with the team next season, league sources told ESPN.com. Wade has until June 27 to inform the Bulls of his decision. After the season, sources said, Wade told the Bulls he had no interest in..." June 20

  • The Cavs Are Reportedly Willing To Trade Kevin Love If It Lands Them Jimmy Butler

    Uproxx "The Cleveland Cavaliers seem like they may be looking into doing something drastic. After the NBA Finals made it fairly obvious that the team has to do some work to catch up to the Golden State Warriors, reports in the last few days have sparked speculation that Cleveland may be interested in..." June 20

  • Cavaliers, Celtics Suns, Timberwolves Reportedly Exploring Jimmy Butler Trade

    Bleacher Report "The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns are either targeting or have interest in a potential Jimmy Butler trade as the offseason heats up. Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Cavaliers are working on potential multi-team trades, while Vincent Goodwill of CSN..." June 19

  • Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Jazz, Clippers, Bulls, Wolves, Hawks

    Real GM Basketball "Andre Iguodala plans to give serious consideration to leaving the Golden State Warriors in free agency. Teams would have to show Iguodala a vision of moving towards contention. The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks are expected to pursue..." June 19

  • Celtics Eyeing First-Round Picks To Trade For Jimmy Butler?

    NESN "The madness started when reports surfaced stating the Celtics were in serious trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about the No. 1 pick. Boston reportedly would acquire a package headlined by the No. 3 pick that Philadelphia owns — the Los Angeles Lakers own the No. 2 pick — and additional..." June 16

  • Mark Wahlberg, Who is BFF with Jimmy Butler, Wants the Celtics to Trade For the Bulls' Star

    The Big Lead "Allow me to preface this information with two notes: 1) I keep saying this is the summer of the Super Teams. They’re coming. Like LaVar Ball, maybe I can speak it into existence. 2) Danny Ainge is the Godfather of Super Teams, starting with trading for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in 2007. Mark..." June 15

  • Sources: Dwyane Wade still mulling decision to pick up player option with Bulls

    CSN Chicago "Dwyane Wade sat courtside in Cleveland in a fashionable jumpsuit that made its rounds through social media as the Cavaliers registered their lone win in the NBA Finals last week, drawing conversations from Kyrie Irving as Irving kept the eventual champion Golden State Warriors at bay in the second..." June 14

  • Bulls players reportedly believe Dwyane Wade will stay in Chicago

    Chicago Sun-Times "While the front office came out of a weekend meeting with Dwyane Wade with no official decision from the veteran guard on his 2017-18 $23.8-million player option, several teammates had a sense of the direction Wade was leaning. “He definitely sounds like a guy that’s coming back,’’ one Bulls..." June 12

  • Dwyane Wade meets with Bulls management

    Chicago Tribune "After sitting courtside in Cleveland for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade met with Bulls management in Chicago on Saturday for his season-ending player exit meeting, sources said. Similar to Jimmy Butler, Wade met briefly with management on April 29, the day after the Celtics eliminated..." June 11

  • Does Jimmy Butler want the Bulls to go after Carmelo Anthony?

    Sportsnaut "As the entire Jimmy Butler saga in Chicago prepares to play out later this summer, there’s still a strong chance that he could be traded. There were rumors surrounding the All-Star heading up to February’s trade deadline, but the Bulls decided to hang on to their franchise player. Now,..." June 07

  • Jimmy Butler hires a new agent

    Chicago Tribune "If Jimmy Butler qualifies for the designated player exception before the 2019-20 season, he will have a new agent negotiating the deal. Butler, without representation since last offseason, has signed with Bernie Lee. The Toronto-based agent has filed paperwork with the National Basketball..." June 07

  • Jimmy Butler to meet with Bulls management?

    ESPN "According to the Chicago Tribune, a source claims Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is expected to meet with management sometime next week. Butler is in Los Angeles working out, and at the end of June, he's scheduled to travel to Europe. There have been rumors for more than a year that..." June 06

  • Jimmy Butler had 'positive' meeting with Bulls on Monday

    Chicago Tribune "Back in Chicago after spending much of the last month working out in Los Angeles, Jimmy Butler had what one source described as a "positive" season-ending exit meeting with management Monday. Butler spoke briefly with team officials on April 29, the day after the Celtics eliminated the Bulls..." June 06

  • Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions In 2017

    Hoops Rumors "July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals. For..." June 05

  • J.R. Smith claims Cavaliers would beat the 1996 Bulls

    Sportsnaut "The Cleveland Cavaliers were absolutely humiliated in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. The final score of 113-91 doesn’t do justice. Golden State was on a completely different level as it looks to revenge last season’s meltdown against Cleveland in the Finals. This..." June 04

  • Olympics considering adding 3-on-3 basketball as event

    Fanrag Sports "The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, appear to have a new event on the horizon. According to the Associated Press, 3-on-3 basketball “is all but certain” to be added to the new list of events, which includes skateboarding and sport climbing. “It would certainly be a perfect fit,” said..." June 04

  • After their doomed and dismal season, have the Bulls learned anything at all?

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Bulls' 2016-17 season was 10 times more terrible than their 41-41 record suggests. It represented an organizational arrogance that bordered on insulting to those who are old enough to remember when the team was genuinely great and those who pay even a modest amount of attention to the..." June 03

  • Jimmy Butler doesn’t seem interested in joining the Lakers

    Sportsnaut "There’s going to be a lot of rumors surrounding Jimmy Butler and trades as the NBA offseason gets going next month. Butler himself was subjected to a never-ending cycle of rumors leading up to February’s trade deadline. The situation with Butler and his Chicago Bulls team doesn’t seem to be..." June 02

  • Ben Gordon arrested in bizarre fire alarm incident at his apartment

    Larry Brown Sports "Former NBA guard Ben Gordon was arrested in Los Angeles Thursday morning after he reportedly lost his temper when he could not get into his apartment building. According to TMZ, Gordon “went into meltdown mode” when he was locked out of the building and decided to pull multiple fire alarms...." June 01

  • Why Adam Silver’s comments on the ‘one-and-done’ rule miss the mark

    Fox Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the NBA on Wednesday. And while issues such as “super teams” and resting players are always hot-button, Silver’s most intriguing response may have come following a question on..." June 01

  • Adam Silver: NBA rethinking one-and-done rule

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has never been one adverse to change since he took over that role from David Stern. For the most part, it has helped the Association move on from a bygone era that saw popularity dwindle. We can conclude the on-court product has played a role in this, but Silver’s..." May 31