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Carmelo On Not Signing With Bulls: What's Done Is Done

Carmelo Anthony isn't regretting his decision to re-sign with the New York Knicks instead of leaving for the Chicago Bulls.

Anthon chose to remain with the Knicks for five years and $124 million. Chicago only could offer four years at about $74 million, though had Anthony been able to get Knicks president Phil Jackson to do a sign-and-trade, he could have gotten significantly more.

“No, if I start doing that and saying, ‘What if?’ to myself, second-guessing and questioning myself, it won’t be right. For me, mentally, it won’t be right so I will not allow myself to sway towards asking myself ‘What if?’ with this situation or that situation,” Anthony said Wednesday.

“What’s done is done. I kind of don’t look at it, I kind of don’t think about it anymore,” Anthony said. “That’s in the past for me. … As far as now and thinking about that situation, it doesn’t even come close to me thinking about that.”

Anthony hopes the Knicks will be able to eventually get him more help.

“You think about that,” Anthony said of the not-yet-arrived help. “It’s only right that you think about that. I don’t try to put too much thought into what’s going to happen when we still have [55] games left this season. For me to start thinking ahead of what the possibility is this offseason or next season, I just can’t find myself thinking like that [now].

“You just got to believe. I have never been a quitter in my life or in my career. It is something that you got to believe in, that it will happen and have faith that it will happen and stay the course and just know that this is not the situation that I expected, that we expected. There’s nothing that we can do about it as far as what has happened already. We got to focus on tomorrow.”

Via Fred Kerber/New York Post

Doug McDermott Out 6-8 Weeks After Surgery On Small Meniscus Tear

Doug McDermott will rehabilitate for six to eight weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee on Saturday.

The Bulls didn't release any official timetable for McDermott's return, and the rehab estimate is fluid based on how quickly McDermott can regain strength and conditioning.

McDermott left the procedure without crutches.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Credits Mentorship Of Deng For Development

Jimmy Butler credits the mentorship of Luol Deng for his development this season.

The Chicago Bulls traded Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and Butler has since become Tom Thibodeau's most indispensible two-way player.

"It's crazy how everything works," Butler said. "Lu is the main one who always told me to be ready and keep working on my game and be confident. He told me I belonged here. Stuff like that goes a long way and that's stuff that everybody doesn't see and hear. Lu is a key part to me keeping my head into the game.

"He taught me a lot of the stuff I'm doing now. He always had confidence in me. I miss that guy."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Doug McDermott To Undergo Arthroscopic Procedure On Knee

Doug McDermott will have an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Saturday, the Chicago Bulls announced on Friday. 

The procedure will be performed by Chicago Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. 

A timetable for McDermott's return will be determined after the procedure.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo: Bulls Were Perfect Fit For Me

Carmelo Anthony privately made a decision to sign with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason before changing his mind to stay with the New York Knicks.

The Bulls could offer Anthony a four-year, $74 million contract unless they executed a sign-and-trade, while the Knicks signed him to a five-year, $124 million deal.

"It was one part of time where I was just like, 'Yo, I'm going,'" Anthony said in a documentary detailing his free agency that aired Tuesday night on MSG Network.

In the documentary, titled "Carmelo: Made in New York," Anthony talks in detail about how strongly he considered signing with the Bulls.

"It came down to Chicago and New York. Chicago was the one that, from day one, was something that I was very impressed with. They was looking for a person like me to come in and just take them to the next level," Anthony said. "So it was perfect. It was a perfect setup, perfect fit for me in Chicago. But then also I had to think about just living in Chicago. Do I want to live in Chicago? Do I want to take everything that I created in New York and move all of that? It came down to that."

Anthony took several days before reaching his decision.

"He goes to bed one night saying he wants to go to Chicago. He wakes up the next day saying New York. And then he's stuck again," said Bay Frazier, his longtime manager. "That's how he feels. He's so loyal to New York, he wants to stay and become a champion there, which would blow everyone away."

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

Jimmy Butler, Stephen Curry Named NBA Players Of The Month For November

Jimmy Butler and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for November.

Butler led Chicago and ranked ninth in the NBA scoring (21.9 ppg) as the Bulls posted an 11-6 mark, good for first place in the Central Division. He topped the 20-point mark 11 times,including two 30-point outings, raising his scoring average more than eight points from last season, when he averaged 13.1 points. Butler shot .498 from the field while posting seven games with double-figure free throw attemptsto rank fourth in the NBA in free throw attempts per game (8.8). Butler also led the NBA in minutes (39.3 mpg).   

Other nominees for NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Houston’s James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Miami’s Chris Bosh, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, and Washington’s John Wall.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Joakim Noah's Offseason Knee Surgery More Serious Than Expected

Joakim Noah posted 15 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six blocks in the Chicago Bulls' win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.

Noah is still regaining 100 percent form physically and is confident he will reach that point this season.

"There is no question in my mind — 100 percent — that I can get to where I want to be physically this season," Noah said. "I have to be positive. I know how far I've come just in the last month."

Noah acknowledged the seriousness of the May 2014 knee surgery, which the Bulls originally termed minor and needing an eight- to 12-week rehabilitation period. Both Noah and the Bulls acknowledged on the eve of training camp that a longer recovery period prohibited Noah from playing full court all offseason.

And Noah has remained on minutes restrictions all season.

"It was more than a scope," Noah said. "That's what it was supposed to be. So it definitely took longer than we expected. But it's nothing that I can't recover from and be back 100 percent and be right."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Rose: My Confidence Is Through The Roof, I Just Need To Play

Derrick Rose had 21 points and four rebounds in the Chicago Bulls' 109-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.

"My confidence is through the roof, man," Rose said. "I don't need no more confidence, I just need to play. I know how good I am and I know how good I'm going to be. It's just that I just need to be out there playing."

Rose only played 10 minutes in the Bulls' loss on Tuesday to the Denver Nuggets.

The difference for Rose between Tuesday's game and Friday's was simple in Tom Thibodeau's eyes.

"He played," Thibodeau said.

"The thing for Derrick is he's got to keep building," Thibodeau said. "Honestly, I looked at the 10 minutes [in Denver] as a positive. Back-to-back [games], he's out there. I looked at the last two days, practicing and practicing hard, so he plays better. That's how he's going to shake the rust off. So I just want him to keep building. That's what I want him to do. He's got to be out there in order to do that."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Derrick Rose Removed From Game With Hamstring Tightness

Derrick Rose was removed at halftime of the Chicago Bulls' game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday because of left hamstring tightness.

"Just trying to be smart, back-to-back (games), fatigue, and didn't want to take any steps back," said Rose, who scored two points. "So, take these couple of days off, head to Boston."

Rose has missed four games with the hamstring injury this season.

Via Fred Mitchell/Chicago Tribune

Thibodeau: Derrick Rose Still Not Real Comfortable With Ball Yet

Derrick Rose had 18 points, five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes in the Chicago Bulls' 97-95 win at the Utah Jazz.

Tom Thibodeau was asked after the game if Rose looked fatigued in the second half.

"Oh I don't know. Jesus. He's got to get out there and play," Thibodeau said. "I thought he did a lot of good things. You could see he's not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he's going to take off. He's got to go. That's the bottom line. He's got to go."

Rose has tried to be cautious about his future and has missed eight games overall after missing four earlier in the season because of sprained ankles.

"It's been time," Rose said. "To me, it's been time. Every injury is a setback a little bit, but as far as emotions and everything, how hard I worked, it's been consistent with how I'm feeling, being positive. And it's been a minute since I've played. This is the first one and now it's behind me and now we're on to Denver."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Chicago Bulls Archives

Jimmy Butler Doesn't Hold Resentment Over Lack Of Contract Extension

Jimmy Butler said he does not hold resentment with the Bulls for the lack of a new deal.

Derrick Rose Likely Out Until At Least Next Week

The Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season.

Derrick Rose Exits Early With Hamstring Injury

Tom Thibodeau thought an MRI on the hamstring was likely for Friday, but Derrick Rose was hopeful he wouldn't have to have one.

Derrick Rose Preparing Body For Life After Basketball

Derrick Rose revealed Tuesday that he is already thinking about his future beyond basketball.

Derrick Rose Misses Third Game Of Season With Sprained Ankles

Derrick Rose will sit out the Bulls' game at the 76ers on Friday night due to sprains in both his left and right ankles.

Ray Allen Visit To Chicago Unrelated To Bulls, Agent Says

Ray Allen is visiting Chicago this week and has been spotted on several social media platforms, but his agent Jim Tanner told RealGM: “Nothing to do with the Bulls.”

John Lucas III Receives Interest In NBA, China; Hoping For Stable Decision On Next Team

John Lucas III received interest from the Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies.

Butler Expected To Have Edge In Free Agency With Dearth Of Quality SGs

Jimmy Butler could have an edge in negotiations due to the dearth of quality shooting guards.

Jimmy Butler: 'I'm Going To Be In Chicago'

Jimmy Butler remains convinced he will remain with the Bulls.

Jimmy Butler Rejects 'Hometown Discount' Offer From Bulls

Jimmy Butler rejected the Bulls' final contract extension offer on Friday and will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015.

Gasol: Picking Bulls Over Spurs, Thunder Was Most Difficult Decision Of My Life

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' opener against the Knicks.

Rose: I Don't Like To Say Too Much About My Haters

Derrick Rose had 13 points and five assists in 21 minutes during the Bulls' convincing 104-80 win over the Knicks.

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Unlikely To Agree Upon Extension

Jimmy Butler would become a restricted free agent in 2015.

Jimmy Butler Out 2-4 Weeks With Thumb Sprain

Jimmy Butler will miss two to four weeks with a thumb sprain.

Bulls Exercise Third-Year Option On Tony Snell

The Bulls have exercised the third-year option for the 2015-16 season for Tony Snell.

Noah's Surgically Repaired Left Knee Has 'Ways To Go'

A source in Joakim Noah's camp said that, “Jo’s knee is going to be an issue all season long.’’

Jimmy Butler Out With Sprained Ligaments In Thumb

Jimmy Butler will not practice this week and will not play in the Bulls' final preseason game against the Timberwolves.

Bulls Waive Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, Solomon Jones

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Bulls Undecided Between Dunleavy, McDermott For Starting SF

Mike Dunleavy Jr. has filled a reserve and starting role in his two seasons with the Bulls.
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