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  • New lottery rules change tanking incentives, starting this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "To paraphrase Jerry Tarkanian, the NBA is so mad at the 76ers, it’ll keep the Hawks losing another couple years. The NBA finally enacted lottery reform that will take effect this season. The measures appeared designed to curb Sam Hinkie’s ambitious..." September 23

  • Robin Lopez headlines several Bulls players who could be on the move this year

    Chicago Sun-Times "Robin Lopez is just a different cat. His favorite game is “Ticket to Ride,’’ his dog, “Muppet’’ looks and acts half human, as if he was adopted from “The Island of Dr. Moreau,’’ and NBA fans everywhere know how Lopez loves to..." September 23

  • Bulls announce Omer Asik is out indefinitely with arthritis

    Yardbarker "Bulls center Omer Asik is out indefinitely with inflammatory arthritis, the team announced. Asik has been receiving medical treatment, but his return to basketball activities is yet to be determined, the announcement noted. Asik, 32, was re-acquired by Chicago in February as part..." September 22

  • How the Bulls compare to last year’s East surprise team, the Pacers

    Blog-A-Bull "Before the start of last season, ESPN insider Kevin Pelton predicted that the Indiana Pacers would finish the season with 32 wins and an 11th-place finish in the Eastern Conference. Instead, the Pacers finished with 48 wins and took the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in round one..." September 22

  • NBA announces three rule changes for 2018-19 season

    247 Sports "Some changes will be coming to the NBA for the 2018-19 season.  According to a press release from the league office, the NBA's Board of Governors unanimously voted to pass three rule changes for the 2018-19 season. The tweaks include a change to the shot clock..." September 21

  • Report: Silver memo encourages teams to put more women in leadership roles

    The Score "NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo "strongly" encouraging all 30 teams to increase the number of women in their organizations in general, including in leadership roles, and improve reporting processes for sexual harassment, sources told The Athletic's Shams..." September 21

  • Amid Jimmy Butler trade saga, Lauri Markkanen looks back on Timberwolves drafting him

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Timberwolves appear on the verge of implosion. Jimmy Butler requested a trade. Tom Thibodeau’s future in Minnesota is uncertain. Andrew Wiggins‘ brother is picking fights with Butler online. Karl-Anthony Towns has his own problems with Butler. (Not those problems, he..." September 20

  • The Bulls need to start getting defensive with training camp just days away

    Chicago Sun-Times "The priority list for the Bulls at the start of training camp should be short and sweet. No. 1 – Don’t punch your teammates in the face. No. 2 – Be willing to play defense. The problem with this collection of players is it’s the second one..." September 19

  • If the Knicks target Kyrie Irving, what does that mean for the Bulls' 2019 free agency plans?

    NBC Sports Chicago "NBC Sports Boston's Sherrod A. Blakely dropped some exclusive reporting news on the Bulls Talk Podcast on Wednesday, saying that the New York Knicks are going to pursue All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in free agency. "I've spoken with people within [the Knicks]..." September 17

  • Report: Bulls agree to bring in Xavier’s Kaiser Gates on training camp deal

    Clutch Points "With the start of the 2018-19 season drawing near, several teams around the NBA are still searching for ways to bolster their rosters. One such team is the Chicago Bulls, who have agreed to a training camp deal with Kaiser Gates, according to a report from Darnell Mayberry of The..." September 14

  • Bulls To Add JaKarr Sampson On Training Camp Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls will fill their final roster spot heading into training camp by signing JaKarr Sampson, tweets Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. Sampson is a three-year veteran who has spent time with three NBA teams. He played 22 games for the Kings last season, averaging..." September 14

  • Zach Lavine says “I got my speed back, my jumping back,” aims to be All-Star

    Pro Basketball Talk "Zach LaVine‘s game was always rooted in his freakish athleticism. He had to work at the craft of the game, but his raw skills made him an NBA player with a lot of potential, and the craft was starting to come along. Then he tore his ACL. He came back for 24 games last..." September 11

  • At least 18 NBA players will play for home country in FIBA World Cup qualifiers this month

    Pro Basketball Talk "We’ve focused mostly on the big names not taking part — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli, any notable player for Team USA — in the September qualifying window for FIBA’s World Cup next season. If you..." September 10

  • Is the 2018-19 NBA Season the Year Fred Hoiberg and the Bulls Meet Expectations?

    SI "The NBA is a copycat society influenced by a seemingly infinite flow of offensive output. Patterns across the league exhibit teams preferring the three-ball and increasing offensive possessions. The Houston Rockets, who lead the NBA in three-point attempts per game, and finished top five..." August 31

  • Bulls biding their time, except forced into action with Zach LaVine

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Bulls have a type. Young volume scorer with suspect complementary skills who tore an ACL in February 2017. The Bulls matched the Kings’ four-year, $78 million offer sheet to Zach LaVine and signed Jabari Parker to a two-year, $40 million deal with a team..." August 29

  • NBA's No. 1 Options Who Would Be Better Off as Sidekicks

    Bleacher Report "In the perfect-world NBA, all player roles fit like skinny jeans and prove ideal vehicles for their abilities. In the actual Association, roster construction and team dynamics often force players into roles that either mask their full range of skills or ask too much of..." August 29

  • The NBA Will Remove Restrictions On What Color Sneakers Players Can Wear Next Season

    Dime Magazine "For quite some time, the NBA has led the way when it comes to player expression and individualism, especially when compared to other major American sports. Players are generally entertaining on social media, fashion before and after games has been a point of popular monitoring, and the..." August 29

  • Lauri Markkanen thanks the late John McCain for visa help

    Chicago Tribune "John McCain touched many lives during his decadeslong run of public service. Even, eventually, a Chicago Bull’s. One day after McCain died of a rare brain cancer at 81, Lauri Markkanen thanked the longtime senator from Arizona for his help securing a..." August 28

  • Can the Bulls complete Part 2 of the rebuild and land a free-agent superstar?

    Chicago Sun-Times "It doesn’t happen very often on these pages, but it’s time to give Bulls general manager Gar Forman some credit. Year 2 of NBA rebuilds aren’t supposed to go this smoothly. Since trading All-NBA two-way standout Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves in the 2017..." August 27

  • Zach LaVine got roasted by a seafood restaurant on Twitter, but he took it in stride

    NBC Sports Chicago "Yesterday a Twitter account linked to a seafood restaurant in Maryland went berserk, firing off a hilarious round of insults, roasts at anyone and everyone getting in their way. Some of Jimmy's Famous Seafood's best early roasts came at the expense of PETA, and a Twitter user..." August 27

  • Hawks, Nets Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "Nearly two-thirds of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract. In some cases, teams are..." August 23

  • Shorter reset of shot clock after offensive rebound among likely NBA rules changes, report says

    CBS Sports "The NBA is expected to pass three different rule changes next month during the Board of Governors meeting, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  Most notable among the changes, is that after an offensive rebound, the shot clock will only reset to 14, instead of giving the..." August 23

  • Wendell Carter voted as likely to have the best career from class of 2018

    Clutch Points "The NBA rookies have spoken and this 2018 class seems to agree that Chicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr. will have the best career of them all. Despite finishing outside of the top-10 in the Rookie of the Year discussion, fellow rookies believe his game will eventually..." August 21

  • Some NBA Owners Want Access To Mental Health Records Of Players

    Real GM Basketball "The public announcements from Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan on their struggles with mental health have prompted action from Adam Silver and Michele Roberts. The National Basketball Players Association to hire Dr. William Parham as its first director of mental health and..." August 20

  • NBA Insider Shams Charania Leaves Yahoo Sports for The Athletic

    Bleacher Report "One of the biggest names in the basketball world has found a new home. On Tuesday, NBA reporter Shams Charania announced that he will join The Athletic and Stadium: "I am excited to announce I am joining The Athletic and Stadium as the lead Senior..." August 14

  • NBA may play 2019 preseason game in India

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has been working to make inroads in India — it’s nation far more fixated on Cricket, field hockey, and soccer, but it has a lot of youth playing basketball at schools, and it has the second largest population of any country in the world (nearly 1.4 billion..." August 14

  • Could Derrick Walton Jr. become the solution at backup PG?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Former Miami Heat two-way player Derrick Walton Jr. is reported to be nearing a deal with the Bulls. In an interview with The Athletic, it was stated: "Walton, 23, says he knows where he’ll play next season. An agreement is in place, but his agent, Mark Bartelstein, is requiring him..." August 13

  • NBA teams with the most nationally televised games in 2018-19

    247 Sports "The NBA schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 season was officially released in full on Friday, and it features 2,460 total games - a whole lot of basketball.  Between ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV there will be no shortage of games to see on the screen throughout the '18-19..." August 12

  • Derrick Walton Jr. Expected To Sign With Bulls

    Hoops Rumors "Former Heat two-way player Derrick Walton Jr. intends to sign a new contract with the Bulls, agent Mark Bartelstein tells Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. Walton, 23, inked a two-way contract with the Heat last July after going undrafted out of Michigan. The..." August 10

  • Kawhi Leonard Will Return To San Antonio In January And More Highlights From The 2018-19 NBA Schedule

    Dime Magazine "Earlier this week, the NBA revealed the schedules and television information for its three marquee regular season dates: Opening night (with the entire televised opening week schedule included), Christmas Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Fast forward to Friday afternoon and the league..." August 10

  • Best Free Agents Still Available That Teams Need to Pounce On

    Bleacher Report "Believe it or not, NBA free agency isn't over yet. The marquee players have already gone about their business, but some noteworthy names remain on the market. None of them have the leverage necessary to broker huge deals, which is part of their charm. They pack a..." August 09

  • Lauri Markkanen has reportedly put on 14 pounds of muscle

    Hoops Provider "Outside the buzz of Donovan Mitchell, Lonzo Ball, and others — Lauri Markkanen proved himself in his first season in the Windy City. But, as he continues to develop in the offseason — he is looking to get much better. According to what Markkanen told K.C. Johnson of..." August 08

  • Former NBA Star Carlos Boozer Cuts Child Support Payments to $380 a Month After Career Comes to an End

    The Blast "Carlos Boozer made around $146 million during his NBA career but those paychecks are gone and he can no longer afford to make his child support payments, so he’s negotiated them down to merely $380 a month for his three children. According to court documents obtained by The..." August 08

  • Bulls’ summer heats up, with position battles already underway

    Chicago Sun-Times "Nikola Mirotic no longer can be kicked around. Or, more specifically, punched. Mirotic is long gone. The Bulls traded him to the Pelicans last season, but not before he was punched in the face by then-teammate Bobby Portis during training camp in October. The forecast for..." August 07

  • How much does scorekeeper bias affect NBA box scores?

    The Score "Statistics are meant to be objective. But it's always worth remembering how they're recorded: by an employee of an NBA team. Each NBA team employs a scorekeeping crew, whose job is to watch each game in real time and instantly categorize and credit every play in an official..." August 07

  • Charles Oakley Convicted In Casino Cheating Case, But No Jail

    TMZ "Charles Oakley pled no contest to misdemeanor disorderly conduct stemming from his alleged cheating incident at a Vegas casino ... but he won't spend another minute behind bars.  TMZ Sports broke the story ... Oakley was arrested on July 8 after officials say he..." August 07

  • A 2016 salary cap spike helped the Warriors and hurt the NBA. Worse, nobody saw that coming.

    Washington Post "A month into the NBA’s annual free agency period, many available players have had to scrounge for whatever they can get or opt into existing deals. After teams’ wild spending in 2016, there simply isn’t enough money to go around. A decision made in 2015 by the..." August 07

  • Lauri Markkanen has reportedly put on 14 pounds of muscle

    The Sports Daily "Outside the buzz of Donovan Mitchell, Lonzo Ball, and others — Lauri Markkanen proved himself in his first season in the Windy City. But, as he continues to develop in the offseason — he is looking to get much better. According to what Markkanen told K.C. Johnson of..." August 06

  • Heat's Winslow recalls 'animosity' after Wade signed with Bulls

    SI "Justise Winslow has never had a Publix sub. The Heat’s do-it-all youngster, who was last seen getting in the faces (or facemasks) of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, has never enjoyed one of Florida’s signature culinary delicacies in his three years in Miami. Going on his..." August 04

  • Bulls training camp will "open competition" for tough slots

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls’ starting lineup seems set but there will be a couple of key position battles in training camp, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times notes. Justin Holiday and Denzel Valentine will be angling for playing time at small forward behind Jabari Parker, while Cameron..." August 04

  • Chicago Bulls re-sign guard Ryan Arcidiacono

    Chicago Sun-Times "Although Ryan Arcidiacono mainly fell under the radar during this year’s Summer League, the Bulls must have taken notice in his three-point shooting abilities. So much so, that the team announced on Tuesday it re-signed the free agent guard. During Summer League, Arcidiacono..." August 01

  • Bulls considered salary-dump deal before signing Parker

    Yardbarker "Before the Bulls signed Jabari Parker to a two-year, $40M contract, they discussed using their salary cap room to accommodate a possible salary-dump deal with the Nuggets, sources tell ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Denver ultimately made that trade – which involved Kenneth..." July 26

  • It has been a cruel summer for Bulls former first-round pick Denzel Valentine

    Chicago Sun-Times "For all of his shortcomings on the court, speaking his mind off of it has never been a problem for Denzel Valentine. The 14th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft pulled no punches regarding his unhappiness about being in and out of the starting lineup for the Bulls last season. In..." July 24

  • Knicks Agree To Sign Noah Vonleh

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks are making another addition to their roster, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com, who reports (via Twitter) that the team has reached an agreement to sign free agent forward Noah Vonleh. The ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Vonleh has appeared in 231..." July 24

  • Zach LaVine: 'Thank god the Bulls matched' Kings offer sheet

    NBC Sports Bay Area "High-flying wing Zach LaVine has the Kings to thank for his new deal with the Bulls. But he never wanted to come to Sacramento. In a recent interview with NBC Sports Chicago's Vincent Goodwill, LaVine opened up about his restricted free agency. For much of free..." July 24

  • Zach LaVine dishes on free agency, defense, and his plan to lead the Bulls back to glory: 'I want to be great'

    NBC Sports Chicago "The chaos of restricted free agency never truly reached Zach LaVine’s feet, as the guard was too busy working in the Seattle area, strengthening his body and hitting the court to continue the evolution of his game. To the surprise of some, the Bulls matched the Sacramento..." July 24

  • Antonius Cleveland Claimed By Bulls

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls have claimed guard Antonius Cleveland, who was placed on waivers by the Hawks, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. The move is official, according to the Bulls’ website. Cleveland was let go by the Hawks in order to facilitate the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade..." July 23

  • How Teams Are Using 2018/19 Mid-Level Exceptions

    Hoops Rumors "In addition to receiving nearly $102MM in cap room and being allowed to surpass that threshold in order to sign players using Bird Rights or the minimum salary exception, each NBA team also receives a mid-level exception. The value of this exception varies depending on a..." July 23

  • Rawle Alkins Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Bulls

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls have agreed to a two-way deal with undrafted guard Rawle Alkins, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The Arizona product spent the past few weeks with the Raptors‘ Summer League team. Toronto liked Alkins’ summer performance where he averaged 9.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG..." July 22