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  • Jimmy Butler Might Be Harming His Reputation With Locker Room Incidents

    Uproxx "Jimmy Butler is now a member of the 76ers and it’s almost everything he wanted. The former Timberwolves star demanded a trade out of Minnesota and a large part of why he was eventually traded had to do with locker room issues. Butler is a bonafide star and one of the NBA’s..." November 11

  • There’s been another setback in Denzel Valentine’s recovery from ankle injury

    Blog-A-Bull "Those waiting for Denzel Valentine to come help save the Chicago Bulls won’t be happy with this news. Over at the Chicago Sun-Times, Joe Cowley reports that John Paxson indicated Valentine will remain out indefinitely after his left ankle..." November 09

  • If Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is on his way out, GM Gar Forman must go with him

    Chicago Sun-Times "Fred Hoiberg will not survive beyond this season as the Bulls head coach. It might not come at Christmas or even by February. Heck, it might drag on until April, when the 2018-19 campaign has come to another long, disappointing end, but it will come. The writing on the wall..." November 08

  • FAs Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent, without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then that club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 08

  • NBA To Televise 2019 All-Star Draft

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA and the players’ union have reached an agreement to televise the draft for this season’s All-Star Game, according to a report from Marc Stein and Kevin Draper of The New York Times. Sources tell Stein and Draper that a date for that draft has yet to be scheduled, but..." November 07

  • Bulls media turning on Jabari Parker after postgame form becomes as poor as his on-court play

    Blog-A-Bull "The Bulls’ decision to use their remaining $20 million of cap space on Jabari Parker drew many a raised eyebrow, but the short-term nature of the deal at least offered a way out if things went south. Things have gone south thus..." November 07

  • Bulls' Front Office Couldn't Wait To Trade Nikola Mirotic

    Real GM Basketball "Before Nikola Mirotic was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Pelicans, he wasn't a particularly popular member of the organization. The front office reportedly couldn't wait to trade Mirotic and some of his teammates weren't particularly bothered when he was..." November 07

  • Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison bonding as Bulls rookies

    Chicago Tribune "As a rookie with the Pacers, Fred Hoiberg leaned on fellow first-year guard Travis Best. “You’re always close to the guy that you come into the NBA with,” said Hoiberg, the Bullscoach who, like Best, ended up playing in 10 NBA seasons...." November 06

  • ‘A good day’ for Lauri Markkanen: Bulls big man moves closer to return

    Chicago Sun-Times "Coach Fred Hoiberg was asked during the weekend if he had a feel for which of his four injured players would be back first, but he refused to play the guessing game. He offered up a bit more clarity Monday. During the afternoon shootaround, Lauri Markkanen (right elbow) and..." November 06

  • The Bulls and Jabari Parker must wade through their issues to find the right fit

    Chicago Tribune "In the four months since he signed a two-year, $40 million contract that contains a team option for next season, Jabari Parker has expressed excitement about playing for his hometown team and eagerness to restore the Bulls to championship heights. In his 15 games so far, including the..." November 05

  • Chicago Bulls release ‘City’ jersey based on municipal flag

    Pro Basketball Talk "With the NBA season underway, it’s time for teams to do what they do: make money. Part of that is releasing new jerseys just in time for the holiday season so fans can purchase the latest gear and have it waiting under the tree come Christmas morning. As such, it..." November 03

  • Wendell Carter Jr.'s stock keeps rising after breakout performance vs. Nuggets: 'He can be an anchor for us'

    NBC Sports Chicago "It’s been quite a week for Wendell Carter Jr. Two days after a career-high 18 points against the Golden State Warriors, and four days after a double-double in his hometown of Atlanta, Carter showed why his ceiling continues to rise just eight games into his NBA..." November 01

  • How NBA sparked the American sports gambling gold rush

    ESPN "On a Saturday afternoon in October, the race and sportsbook at the Borgata Hotel Casino is packed with horse racing enthusiasts cheering on the ponies. No one is paying attention to what's hanging on the wall, but it's a big deal, a sign of a monumental shift in the American..." November 01

  • Injured Bobby Portis eyeing quickest return possible, not passed-up money: 'Can't second-guess yourself'

    NBC Sports Chicago "Injuries never happen at a good time, but the MCL sprain Bobby Portis suffered last week was just about the worst-case scenario for all parties involved. For Portis, the 23-year-old who turned down guaranteed money to bet on himself this season before hitting restricted free agency in..." October 31

  • Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen still a couple of weeks away from contact

    Clutch Points "Chicago Bulls budding big man Lauri Markkanen is still a couple of weeks away from taking contact. Markkanen has been sidelined by a right elbow sprainsustained at the start of training camp. The Bulls just picked up the third-year team option for Lauri Markkanen..." October 31

  • Bulls pick up options on Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine

    Clutch Points "In an official statement released Tuesday morning, the Chicago Bulls announced that they have picked up the team options on several players, including Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine. In doing so, all three players will be under contract with the..." October 30

  • '107 is the new 100.' How scoring trends in the NBA are setting a new bar for what a good defense is.

    Los Angeles Times "Washington coach Scott Brooks stood outside the visiting locker room at Staples Center on Monday night, a tinge of defeatism in his voice — and this was before his team allowed the Clippers to score 136 points. The scoring this season is completely rewriting the rules of what a..." October 30

  • Report: NBA to Push Back Opening Night 1 Week for 2019-2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2019-20 NBA season will tip off Oct. 22, 2019, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday. By comparison, the 2018-19 campaign began Oct. 16, when the Boston Celtics hosted the Philadelphia 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder hit the road against the..." October 30

  • Robin Lopez tries to channel frustration over Bulls demotion into positive energy

    Chicago Tribune "It’s almost hard to remember this, but Robin Lopez began the season as the Bulls’ starting center. The box score from the Sept. 30 preseason game against the Pelicans proves it. Lopez, conventional wisdom went, would serve as the veteran mentor and starter as the..." October 29

  • Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg takes the high road on Jabari Parker’s comments

    Chicago Sun-Times "There was no sit-down with forward Jabari Parker going into the Bulls’ game Saturday against the Hawks. Heck, it was like pulling teeth even to get coach Fred Hoiberg to acknowledge what Parker had said less than 24 hours earlier. ‘‘It’s about going..." October 28

  • Jabari Parker critical of Bulls for failing to adjust

    Larry Brown Sports "Jabari Parker wasn’t pleased with the Chicago Bulls’ inability to adjust to a different game plan by the Charlotte Hornets. On Wednesday, the Bulls beat the Hornets 112-110 in Chicago. On Friday, the two teams met again, this time in Charlotte. This time, the result was a..." October 27

  • Hardship Provision May Be In Play For Bulls

    Hoops Rumors "Just four games into their season, the Bulls are now missing four key contributors due to injuries, with Bobby Portis and his sprained MCL joining Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine on the sidelines. With early-season health issues wreaking havoc on Fred Hoiberg‘s starting..." October 25

  • Bulls’ Bobby Portis Suffers Sprained MCL

    Hoops Rumors "The hits keep coming for the Bulls, who have already lost several players to injuries this season and will now be without another key rotation piece. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link), power forward Bobby Portis has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in..." October 25

  • Zach LaVine’s late heroics give him fourth straight 30-point game to open season, Bulls win

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Bulls trailed the Hornets by two in the final minute tonight. The good new for Chicago: Zach LaVine had just 28 points. Lately, LaVine seems destined to score 30+ every game. Sure enough, he scored the game’s final four points to lead the Bulls to a..." October 25

  • It's time for the Bulls to spin the point guard roulette wheel

    NBC Sports Chicago "Over the last couple seasons we've had some fun on our Bulls Pregame Live shows with the ever-changing cast of characters at the point guard position. We even brought the point guard roulette wheel to the show a couple years ago when Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Canaan, Jerian Grant and Cameron..." October 24

  • NBA Execs Looking Ahead To 2019 Free Agency

    Hoops Rumors "Front office executives around the NBA, even on probable playoff teams, are already looking ahead to 2019’s free agent period, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, who notes that next summer’s group of star free-agents-to-be is generating plenty of early..." October 24

  • Bulls’ Kris Dunn Out 4-6 Weeks With MCL Sprain

    Hoops Rumors "Bulls starting point guard Kris Dunn will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks after suffering a sprained MCL, the team announced today (via Twitter). The injury occurred in the second quarter of Monday’s loss to Dallas, per head coach Fred Hoiberg (Twitter..." October 23

  • The Blockbuster NBA Trades We Want to See This Season

    Bleacher Report "The NBA season is underway. Teams are fighting for initial positioning, stars are asserting themselves as celestial presences and youngsters are trying to carve out larger roles in their rotations. The entertainment level is off the charts. We still want..." October 23

  • Bulls remain committed to rookie Wendell Carter Jr., growing pains and all

    Chicago Sun-Times "The education of Bulls rookie big man Wendell Carter Jr. hasn’t come without some growing pains. Considering Carter — the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft in June — is only 19 years old, that was expected. Now it’s about making sure Carter doesn’t..." October 22

  • Not starting, Jabari Parker content to close Bulls games

    Chicago Tribune "Jabari Parker isn’t starting. But in the Bulls’ first crunch-time moment of this young season, he did finish. Parker scored three points with two rebounds in nearly eight minutes of fourth-quarter action Saturday night, including the rebound that led to Zach LaVine’s..." October 22

  • Bulls to waive Asik

    Real GM Basketball "The Chicago Bulls will waive Omer Asik to create a roster spot for Shaquille Harrison. Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis.  Asik is under salary this season at $11.3 million and has a partial guarantee next season.  " October 21

  • Bulls To Sign Shaquille Harrison

    Hoops Rumors "Shaquille Harrison, who was waived by the Suns earlier this week, will sign with the Bulls, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Harrison traveled to Chicago this weekend in anticipation of the move, Charania adds. " October 20

  • The Bulls’ Jabari Parker is either settled in with his new role or a good liar

    Chicago Sun-Times "Either forward Jabari Parker has a great poker face or he’s resilient as heck. A week after expressing obvious displeasure with his new bench role, the former Simeon standout appeared to be fine with the situation Thursday. “It doesn’t matter,’’..." October 19

  • Bulls will open against Sixers without Kris Dunn

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Bulls faced a steep test opening their 2018-19 campaign against the Philadelphia 76ers. That task won't become any easier with Kris Dunn missing the game for personal reasons, head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters at shootaround on Thursday. Dunn's exlusion..." October 18

  • 'Pass-first guy' Tyler Ulis eager for opportunity with hometown Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "Tyler Ulis has experienced both ends of the NBA spectrum. The Marian Catholic graduate, signed to a two-way contract by his hometown Bulls on Monday, averaged 7.6 points over two seasons with the Suns, who averaged 22.5 victories. And then he went through all of Warriors training camp..." October 17

  • Bulls’ Kris Dunn tells Zach LaVine there’s no reason he can’t be a good defender

    Clutch Points "Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine is already a proven scorer in the NBA. His defensive limitations have been a major problem, but teammate Kris Dunn tells LaVine there’s no reason he can’t be a good defender. ESPN’s Malika Andrews revealed..." October 17

  • Can ‘Point Jabari’ off the bench become a thing?

    Blog-A-Bull "The Jabari Parker experience has gone bad extremely early, causing Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg to move the fifth-year player to a bench role for the last two games of the preseason. After struggling his first game off the bench against the Pacers (11..." October 17

  • Bulls and Bobby Portis fail to reach contract extension by deadline

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Bulls and big man Bobby Portis couldn’t reach an agreement on a contract extension by the deadline Monday, but a source close to the situation said the parties will revisit talks in the spring. What that means is that if Portis continues to build on what he has shown during..." October 16

  • Re-focused Zach LaVine primed to bounce back: ‘I want to prove to myself what all this hard work is for’

    NBC Sports Chicago "Healthy in October for the first time in three seasons, Zach LaVine entered training camp as the $78 million man looking to justify one of the summer’s largest deals that many criticized. And just a few days into camp, the spotlight homed in on him further when the Bulls lost..." October 16

  • Bobby Portis wants Sixth Man of the Year and a new contract

    Blog-A-Bull "Bobby Portis has been one of the Bulls’ best players this preseason, putting up 18.8 points per game on a scorching 56.4 percent shooting. Thanks to his consistent production and Jabari Parker’s awfulness, Portis has even already taken Parker’s spot in..." October 15

  • Jabari Parker will be a great addition, as long as the team comes first

    NBC Sports Chicago ""No comment." These were the words of Jabari Parker following the media addressing him about if he was willing to accepting any role, referring to him coming off the bench, as he did in Chicago's blowout win over the Pacers on Wednesday. This is disappointing,..." October 15

  • Bulls Claim Tyler Ulis, Will Give Him Two-Way Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls have claimed point guard Tyler Ulis off of waivers according to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated (via Twitter). Ulis was previously with the Warriors throughout training camp but was released this past week. After getting a larger role than..." October 14

  • Bulls Waive Four Players

    Hoops Rumors "The Bulls have released four players from their 20-man preseason roster, the team announced today (via Twitter). Antonius Cleveland, Derrick Walton Jr., Kaiser Gates, and JaKarr Sampson will all become unrestricted free agents on Monday, assuming they clear waivers. Cleveland was..." October 13

  • Can The Bulls Win Games Without Defense?

    Uproxx "There’s being bad on defense and there’s whatever the hell the Bulls have been so far in preseason. Typically this wouldn’t mean anything. Of all the preseasons, the NBA might have the least important. It’s not uncommon for teams to sit entire starting lineups of..." October 11

  • With every expletive and hissyfit, Jimmy Butler makes sure that the Bulls continue to win the trade

    Chicago Tribune "Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Jimmy Butler contrives to publicly rip young teammates. After demanding a trade over the summer but not getting it, Butler showed up Wednesday for his first Timberwolves practice and proceeded to rip everybody on and off the..." October 11

  • Jabari Parker does not talk to reporters after coming off bench

    Larry Brown Sports "Jabari Parker was in no mood to talk to the media after coming off the bench for the Chicago Bulls during a preseason game. After spending the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks, Parker signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls during the offseason...." October 11

  • Wait, I thought the Bulls were done trying to tank

    Chicago Tribune "Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Pacers, the Bulls have allowed 60 points in the first half of all three of their preseason games. Wait, I thought they were done trying to tank. No, wait again, the Bulls turned in that third straight awful..." October 10

  • Bulls careful to keep expectations low for Year 2 of the rebuild

    Daily Herald "So how good will they be this year? Slow down now. The Bulls may be attempting a rapid rebuild, but they have been careful to put zero expectations on the next couple of seasons. "You're not going to hear Gar (Forman) and I talk about wins or anything like that, but the..." October 05

  • Jabari Parker returns to Milwaukee as member of Bulls

    ESPN "When the Milwaukee Bucks made Jabari Parker the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft, the Chicago native assumed his move north would be long-lasting. But after just four seasons, Parker signed with his hometown Bulls this summer, and he returns to Milwaukee for a preseason game Wednesday night as a..." October 02

  • Report: NBA won't allow Kanye's Yeezy court shoe with reflective panel

    The Score "Adidas' Yeezy basketball shoes will hit the hardwood at some point this season - just not with one design shown in a recent post by creator Kanye West. An industry source told ESPN's Nick DePaula that the sneakers wouldn't be approved as currently presented,..." October 02