Bulls Rumors & News

  • Time to assess Bulls’ keepers — and who might be shown the door

    Chicago Sun-Times "The signs were obvious as last season was winding down. Backup center Cristiano Felicio was regressing fast. Felicio went from averaging 18-plus minutes in January and February to getting limited playing time in the last few weeks, including a handful of games in which he didn’t even..." December 12

  • Back spasms sideline Bulls' Lauri Markkanen against Celtics

    Chicago Tribune "As Monday morning’s shootaround wound down, Lauri Markkanen showed off soccer skills his professionally playing brother might’ve enjoyed, juggling a ball with his feet several times before burying a 3-pointer. By Monday night, Markkanen had landed on the inactive list for the first time since..." December 12

  • Fred Hoiberg sees energetic Bulls improving and 'taking steps in the right direction'

    NBC Chicago "It’s not exactly a skill, which is good considering the makeup of the Bulls’ roster. And it’s tough to measure, so there’s no way of knowing exactly where they rank among other teams. But its results can be easily seen, and in a year where the Bulls have swapped out talent for youth, they’re..." December 12

  • Report: Bulls gauged trade interest in Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic

    Clutch Points "NBAReport: Bulls gauged trade interest in Robin Lopez, Nikola Miroticby Alex VejarDecember 12, 2017Nikola Mirotic It didn’t take long for the Chicago Bulls to move from awkward situation to the next. After Nikola Mirotic returned to the lineup recently, the Bulls forward has been lighting it..." December 12

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Nikola Mirotic is playing well enough for the Bulls to be traded, but ...

    Chicago Tribune "Rookie wonder Lauri Markkanen was aching. Back spasms. No go against the Celtics. Ouch, babe. So, Nikola Mirotic was given the start Monday and, whoa, look at that, he promptly poured in 24 points to lead the Bulls to a surprising 108-85 rout over a Celtics team missing Kyrie Irving. And..." December 12

  • Celtics’ Kyrie Irving out for tonight’s game against Bulls

    Chicago Sun-Times "When the Bulls play the Celtics tonight, they will not have to face star point guard Kyrie Irving. The Celtics released their injury report for tonight’s game at the United Center and Irving is listed as out with a bruised left quad muscle. Last night, the four-time NBA All-Star played 34..." December 11

  • Nikola Mirotic Returned To Action And Declared The Bobby Portis Saga ‘All Over’

    Dime Magazine "Nearly two months have passed since Nikola Mirotic was hospitalized following a fight with teammate Bobby Portis in practice, but on Friday evening, the Chicago Bulls forward returned to action against the Charlotte Hornets. Both Mirotic and Portis came off the bench for Fred Hoiberg’s team, but..." December 09

  • Nikola Mirotic's return forces Bulls to answer tough questions

    Sporting News "Although the Bulls are two months into the 2017-18 NBA season, there’s one moment that constantly hangs over this franchise (not the Jimmy Butler trade) — the October practice fight between Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis that put Mirotic in the hospital and earned Portis an eight-game suspension...." December 08

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • Nikola Mirotic looks to return Friday: 'I'm not angry at anyone'

    Chicago Tribune "ith his season debut imminent, likely on Friday, Nikola Mirotic is positive. “I’m not angry at anyone,” Mirotic said. “I’m doing fine with myself. My family is great. There’s nothing to be angry about now. It’s all over. It’s a new beginning.” The first “it” refers, of course, to Mirotic..." December 07

  • Nate Robinson suggests he could help Bulls in comeback

    Clutch Points "Attention NBA teams: Nate Robinson is just around. He’s just a phone call away if some team ever needed to add depth to their guard position. Robinson last appeared in an NBA game last season, playing only two games for the New Orleans Pelicans before getting waived by the team last October...." December 05

  • Zach LaVine’s Bulls debut now looks to be more like early January

    Chicago Sun-Times "Just like that, the idea of Zach LaVine making a mid-December return to the Bulls vanished. There was more clarity provided Tuesday surrounding LaVine’s return after surgery in February to repair his left anterior cruciate ligament. Coach Fred Hoiberg said LaVine is still on an..." December 05

  • NBA's TV viewership up 32%, highest since 2010-2011 season

    USA Today "Whether it was this summer’s unprecedented player movement or the NBA’s abundance of intriguing story lines, the league's television ratings are up substantially from last season. Between ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, the league’s viewership is up 32% this season and averaging 1.4 million viewers..." December 05

  • David Nwaba back from ankle injury that kept him out nearly a month

    Chicago Tribune "That’s some sprained right ankle David Nwaba suffered. “It’s still not fully healed,” the Bulls guard admitted Saturday. Sprained Nov. 4, the ankle proved healthy enough for Nwaba to return Friday after missing 12 games with an active stint at both ends that featured nine points, nine..." December 04

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • Nikola Mirotic expects to make season debut this week

    Chicago Tribune "Nikola Mirotic said he expects to make his season debut this week. While it’s unlikely Mirotic will play Monday against the Cavaliers, the Bulls play Wednesday at the Pacers, Friday at the Hornets and at home Saturday against the Knicks. “Feeling much better with my conditioning,” Mirotic..." December 04

  • Nikola Mirotic’s altercation with Bobby Portis cost him $1 million in potential bonus money

    Clutch Points "The Chicago Bulls appear to be finally getting past the entire ordeal involving the altercation between veteran forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic. This has impacted Mirotic more than initially anticipated beyond the physical injuries as the missed time on the court this season has cost..." December 04

  • Bulls Assign Zach LaVine, Nikola Mirotic

    Real GM Basketball "The Chicago Bulls have assigned Zach LaVine and Nikola Mirotić to the Windy City Bulls. Both players have missed the first 19 games of the 2017-18 regular season due to injury." December 01

  • Nikola Mirotic will be professional with Bobby Portis, but that’s it

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic said he has accepted teammate Bobby Portis’ public apology. He just hasn’t told Portis that to his face and likely won’t anytime soon. ‘‘I guess he will know now,’’ Mirotic said Wednesday, when he met with reporters for the first time since a practice altercation..." November 30

  • Windmill-dunking Zach LaVine and Nikola Mirotic will practice with G-League team this week

    NBC Chicago "The bounce was back in Zach LaVine’s step as he easily put home a windmill dunk after Bulls shootaround Tuesday before their game against the Phoenix Suns. So clearly, it must mean LaVine is getting ready to return to action sooner rather than later, right? Not so fast. A timeline that..." November 29

  • Nikola Mirotic Says He Accepted Bobby Portis' Apology After Fight

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic spoke with the media Wednesday for the first time since his fight with teammate Bobby Portis during a practice in October. Mirotic accepted Portis' apology and said they will both do what is necessary to help the Bulls be successful. "We are teammates,"..." November 29

  • Coach Fred Hoiberg cools down the Zach LaVine return hype

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was just another reminder that the hype surrounding Zach LaVine’s return needs to be toned down just a bit. One day after having his toughest practice since being cleared by doctors for full contact, LaVine was feeling the aftereffects before the game against the Suns. Sore hamstrings and..." November 29

  • Hoiberg says maybe late December for Zach LaVine debut

    Daily Herald "The Chicago Bulls carried another losing streak into Tuesday's action, so it would appear Zach LaVine can't return soon enough from ACL surgery. Coach Fred Hoiberg pumped the brakes on that idea before the Bulls played Phoenix, agreeing with a suggestion it might be late December before..." November 29

  • Starting or not, Denzel Valentine is carving out a rotational role with shooting, playmaking

    Chicago Tribune "Zach LaVine is taking contact in practice, with his debut expected in December or early January at the latest. David Nwaba tested in practice Monday the right ankle he severely sprained Nov. 4. But even when the Bulls get to full strength, Denzel Valentine is carving out a rotational role with..." November 28

  • Wade not bothered by suiting up for 3 teams in 3 years

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Dwyane Wade never envisioned it playing out like this, on his third team in as many seasons after spending his first 13 with the Miami Heat. But he said Tuesday he is at peace with his career arc, including this current run with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It's different," the Heat’s all-time..." November 28

  • Ex-Bull Ben Gordon arrested for felony robbery — report

    Chicago Sun-Times "Gordon was arrested Monday for felony robbery at the Los Angeles apartment complex where he once lived, according to a TMZ report. From TMZ: Law enforcement sources tell us … the 34-year-old went to the apartment complex where he used to live in an effort to get his security deposit back...." November 28

  • Nikola Mirotic practices with Bulls for 1st time since the Oct. 17 punch

    Chicago Tribune "Nikola Mirotic has still lost his starting power forward position to Lauri Markkanen. He still hasn’t had a sitdown with Bobby Portis, although the language of basketball on the practice court Monday surely had to have been spoken. Regardless, Mirotic’s return to practice for the first time..." November 27

  • Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic are still not on speaking terms

    Chicago Sun-Times "The stalemate between Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic continues. As of Sunday, there still had been no contact between them since Portis punched Mirotic in a fight during practice Oct. 17, sending him to the hospital with a concussion and two broken bones in his face. There was,..." November 27

  • Jordan Bell on strong game vs. Bulls: “I wanted to see how cash considerations was playing”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last June, the Chicago Bulls traded the rights to the No. 38 pick to the Golden State Warriors for $3.5 million cash. Not that the Bulls were really hurting for cash, and as a rebuilding team the Bulls could have used that pick, but Jerry Reinsdorf still owns the team, so cash won the day. The..." November 25

  • Fred Hoiberg ‘excited’ about Zach LaVine throwing down windmill dunks

    Larry Brown Sports "Zach LaVine’s recovery from a torn ACL has progressed enough that he left Fred Hoibert “excited” about what he saw during a recent practice. Back in February, LaVine was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee, bringing to an end an extremely productive third season in the NBA. Since then,..." November 25

  • 25 Players Still On Non-Guaranteed 2017/18 Salaries

    Hoops Rumors "There are 25 players around the NBA playing on 2017/18 salaries that aren’t yet fully guaranteed. While having those salaries guaranteed will be a mere formality for some players, others may be at risk of losing their roster spot with decision day nearing. If teams keep non-guaranteed players..." November 23

  • Bobby Portis has put Oct. 17 behind him, even if road fans haven’t

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bobby Portis still isn’t running away from what he did. Fans on the road make sure of that, eagerly bringing up the punching incident whenever possible. But Portis is hearing the noise less and less. In the Bulls’ locker room, it’s hardly a topic these days. Coach Fred Hoiberg freely..." November 23

  • 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

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