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Bulls Expect Dwyane Wade To Exercise $23.8M Player Option

May 25, 2017 10:38 AM

Dwyane Wade has yet to formally make a decision on his $23.8 million player option with the Chicago Bulls for the 17-18 season.

Wade is unlikely to command that type of salary on the open market this offseason.

"All I can tell you is most everyone associated with the Bulls believes Wade will pick up the option and remain in Chicago for a second season," wrote K.C. Johnson. "More surprising things have happened in league history, though. So stay tuned."

Wade has an inconsistent first season with the Bulls, as did the team as a whole.

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Rajon Rondo Believes Bulls Would Have Swept Celtics If He Didn't Get Hurt

May 9, 2017 1:25 PM

Rajon Rondo believes the Chicago Bulls would have kept defeating the Boston Celtics in the playoffs if he hadn't broken his thumb.

"Honestly, yeah," Rondo said when asked if the Bulls would have swept the Celtics.

"It was very frustrating, especially the way we were clicking at the time," Rondo said. "We had a good chemistry going and I thought we were some making great adjustments in Games 1 and 2."

The Bulls struggled to manufacture efficient offense once Rondo was hurt.

 

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Bulls Not Looking To Trade Jimmy Butler

May 4, 2017 3:24 PM

The Chicago Bulls "are not looking to trade Jimmy Butler" even though the franchise hasn't defined their direction yet, according to John Paxson in an interview.

The Bulls would like to pair Butler with a downhill point guard.

Butler is a ball dominant wing, which has made him an awkward fit at times for the style Fred Hoiberg would prefer to play despite his status as one of the game's best players.

Chicago received trade interest in Butler at this year's deadline and last year's draft.

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Bulls Likely To Exercise $13.4M Option On Rajon Rondo

May 3, 2017 3:25 PM

The Chicago Bulls will likely pick up their $13.4 million option on the contract of Rajon Rondo this offseason.

Rondo appeared to have no future with the Bulls during the middle of the season but he proved to be invaluable over the final stretch of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs.

"There's a really good chance that we bring Rajon back and for these reasons: As we get younger, it's still really important to have quality veterans around your young players," said John Paxson. "To a man, our young people loved Rajon. He was great in the locker room. He was great off the court with these guys. He took them under his wing in a lot of ways, and he was responsible for a lot of the good things that came from them. We have a lot of respect for Rajon, especially how he believes in the game. He used to drag guys into the weight room, and he held them accountable in a lot of ways. We really take a lot from him, and we're looking forward to sitting down with him this week."

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Bulls Unlikely To Make Major Changes In Offseason

May 3, 2017 1:51 PM

John Paxson and Gar Forman held a 40 minute press conference on Wednesday in which they talked about how the Chicago Bulls are unlikely to make drastic changes this offseason.

One major move is out of their control with Dwyane Wade holding a player option.

“Like I said, Dwyane has an option and we’re going to sit down with him and talk to him about all of this as well,’’ Paxson said. “The thing with Jimmy (Butler) is all of us would love to go out and get another a superstar player to go along with him, but right now the situation we’re in with the salaries we have, that type of thing, that’s a difficult thing for us to manage.’’

Butler will meet with Paxson to discuss the direction of the team. The front office appears committed to doing damage control on that relationship.

“I respect very much Jimmy Butler’s professionalism and how he goes about his job,’’ Paxson said. “I think the one thing we will do is continue to communicate with him. Like I said earlier, we’re going to sit down and talk to him. We can say anything to him, he can say anything to us. He can ask any questions he wants and we’ll be honest with him. Look, that’s the responsibility for us to do. He’s our best player.’’

The Bulls will also retain Fred Hoiberg as head coach.

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John Paxson Could Take Bigger Role In Bulls' Front Office Again

May 1, 2017 12:48 PM

The Chicago Bulls will retain John Paxson, Gar Forman and Fred Hoiberg, but there could be some structural changes.

According to Marc Stein, Paxson could have more of a direct role in the day-to-day running of the team. Paxson took a step back in 2009 when Forman became general manager.

Jim Paxson could also have an increased role or voice.

The Reinsdorfs are expected to seek a front office environment in which more voices are heard. The Bulls have had one of the NBA's leanest front offices. 

Forman's voice and vision have prevailed in recent moves, including the hiring of Hoiberg and retaining Pau Gasol at the 2016 trade deadline.

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Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo

Apr 29, 2017 12:04 PM

The Chicago Bulls have until June 30th to fully guarantee the $13.4 million contract of Rajon Rondo.

The Bulls have yet to give Rondo any indication about his guarantee.

“Of course,” Jimmy Butler said when asked about if he preferred the Bulls to guarantee Rondo for next season. “He’s been huge for us this year, molding the young guys and getting in the film room. The way he plays the game, getting everyone involved, I love playing with him and D-Wade.”

While Rondo struggled early in the season, the Bulls played better down the stretch of the regular season with him and they also won two road playoff games at Boston before he was injured.

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Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls

Apr 29, 2017 11:53 AM

Dwyane Wade plans on meeting face-to-face with Jimmy Butler in the coming weeks to discuss their futures with the Chicago Bulls.

Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season worth $23.8 million. Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last summer.

“That’s far away,” Wade said about his option decision. “I have time.”

Wade will also meet in the coming weeks with the front office to gauge their plans for the offseason.

Chicago could conceivably trade Butler this summer, or look to retool around him and either Wade or Rajon Rondo.

"I have a great luxury where I don't have to ring-chase, but I can. Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge. Either way," said Wade on Saturday.

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Rajon Rondo Remains Doubtful For Game 6

Apr 27, 2017 4:49 PM

Rajon Rondo remains doubtful for Game 6 for the Chicago Bulls when they host the Boston Celtics.

Rondo suffered a broken thumb in Game 2 and has missed Games 3-5.

"Nothing's changed as of now," Fred Hoiberg said during a conference call on Thursday afternoon. "We had a film session in the hotel this morning. Obviously we didn't do anything on the court before we left. Rajon, most likely, will come in and work out tonight, but like we talked about [Wednesday] at the game it's still a long shot that he's back on the court, at least in this series."

Rondo was initially expected to miss "a couple weeks," but speculation surrounding his return heightened after he showed up at Monday's practice without the cast on.

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Rajon Rondo Ruled Out For Game 5

Apr 26, 2017 12:03 PM

Rajon Rondo has ruled himself out for Game 5.

Rondo had been ramping up his activity in hopes of returning from his broken thumb early.

"I think I'm Wolverine," Rondo said at a shootaround Wednesday. "But it actually hasn't healed that quickly yet."

Rondo still hopes he could play in Game 6.

"My thumb is still the same," he explained. "Still broke."

Rondo could do further damage to the thumb if he plays.

"If I didn't go out there with anything, the slightest fall on the floor might further damage it," Rondo said. "If I was to go out there in Game 7, 8 or 9, I'd probably have a wrap."

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Rajon Rondo Shoots At Practice, Could Return For Boston Series
Fred Hoiberg has already ruled out Rajon Rondo for Game 5.

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Pat Riley Wishes He Would Have Given Dwyane Wade Max In 2014 Instead Of Chris Bosh
When LeBron James left the Heat for the Cavaliers, the camp of Chris Bosh wanted to reopen a deal they had just finished

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Bulls May Shift Course On Jimmy Butler's Future Due To Playoff Success
Jimmy Butler has been on the trade block over the past year but no deal has been consummated as the Bulls decide whether or not to rebuild.

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Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Thumb Fracture
Surgery is not required for this injury, but Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely.

RealGM Staff Report

Dwyane Wade Attempting To Return From Elbow Injury On Saturday
The Bulls initially ruled Dwyane Wade out for the remainder of the regular season after an MRI.

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Dwyane Wade Ramps Up Rehab From Fractured Right Elbow
Dwyane Wade was ruled out for the remainder of the regular season on March 15th.

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Jimmy Butler, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler helped the Bulls to a 3-0 week behind averages of 32.5 points (second in the East) and 6.0 assists, propelling Chicago to seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

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Jerry Krause Voted Into Hall Of Fame
Jerry Krause was general manager of the Bulls for all six of their titles in the 1990s.

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Exec: Jimmy Butler 'As Good As Gone'
Jimmy Butler has a player option in which he can become a free agent in 2019.

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Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez Each Suspended One Game
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation.

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Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka Ejected After Exchanging Punches
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka each threw punches before their ejection.

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Jerry Krause Passes Away At 77
Jerry Krause was the longtime general manager of the Bulls when they won six titles in the 1990s.

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Dwyane Wade Out For Regular Season With Fracture In Elbow
Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the regular season with a small fracture in his elbow.

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Dwyane Wade May Opt Out Of $23.8M 17-18 Contract With Bulls
Dwyane Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season with the Bulls worth $23.8 million.

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Bulls Haven't Ruled Out Bringing Back Rajon Rondo For 17-18
The Bulls only owe Rajon Rondo $3 million of his 17-18 salary if they decide to not pick up their team option.

Ken Berger/Bleacher Report

Rajon Rondo 'Looking For A Straightforward Coach' In Next Stop
Rajon Rondo's experience with the Bulls has not been successful and he's often been blamed internally and in the media for their struggles.

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Bulls Remove Nikola Mirotic From Rotation
Nikola Mirotic will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Bulls Sought First Round Pick For Nikola Mirotic At Deadline
The Bulls had several serious discussions at the trade deadline involving Nikola Mirotic.

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Cameron Payne 'Wants To Be The Guy For The Bulls' Future'
The Bulls also targeted Cameron Payne in the 2015 draft.

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Anthony Morrow Will Stop Wearing Derrick Rose's No. 1 After Criticism From Fans
Anthony Morrow and Michael Carter-Williams each briefly wore No. 1 this season with the Bulls.

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