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Anthony Morrow Will Stop Wearing Derrick Rose's No. 1 After Criticism From Fans

Feb 25, 2017 10:49 AM

Anthony Morrow will choose a new number with the Chicago Bulls after he received criticism from fans for wearing Derrick Rose's No. 1.

Morrow suited up in the No. 1 and was on the bench for the Bulls' 128-121 win over the Suns but did not play.

Michael Carter-Williams also wore No. 1 earlier in the season but then switched to No. 7 after dealing with angry comments from fans.

Morrow had no idea about the outcry from some fans regarding the jersey number until he was told about the situation from assembled media members in the locker room. 

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Bulls Won't Buyout Rajon Rondo, View Him As Trade Piece In June

Feb 23, 2017 8:26 PM

The Chicago Bulls plan on keeping Rajon Rondo for the remainder of the season.

With Rondo on a partially guaranteed deal for the 17-18 season, the Bulls view Rondo as an attractive trade chip in June to facilitate a potentially larger deal.

The Bulls traded for Cameron Payne at the deadline and he figures to get a shot to be their starting point guard.

Rondo lost his starting point guard job in December.

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Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George

Feb 23, 2017 5:41 PM

The Atlanta Hawks pursued trades for both Jimmy Butler and Paul George at the deadline.

Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks with more than three first rounders discussed. The Hawks own all of their own first round picks as well as future firsts from the Wolves and Cavs.

The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls decided to keep Butler and George respectively.

The Hawks have been stuck between rebuilding and continuing to contend as they decided to keep Paul Millsap at the deadline.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Thunder Acquire Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson From Bulls For Cameron Payne

Feb 23, 2017 2:46 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to send Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow to the Chicago Bulls for Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second round pick.

Gibson will be a free agent in the offseason.

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Bulls, Thunder Discussing Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson, Andre Roberson, Cameron Payne

Feb 23, 2017 2:09 PM

The Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder have held trade discussions focused on Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson.

The Bulls have interest in Cameron Payne and Andre Roberson.

Both Roberson and Gibson will be free agents.

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Thunder Targeting Taj Gibson

Feb 23, 2017 9:36 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are targeting Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls ahead of the deadline.

Gibson will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

The Thunder have been starting Domantas Sabonis at power forward this season.

Oklahoma City are limited in what they can trade in terms of future pick assets.

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76ers Call Bulls On Availability Of Jimmy Butler

Feb 23, 2017 1:56 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have reached out to the Chicago Bulls this week about the availability of Jimmy Butler. The Boston Celtics have also had interest in Butler in the past.

The Bulls have told teams they have no plans to trade Butler.

When the Bulls and Celtics discussed a Butler trade in June, they were seeking Jae Crowder, either Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley, as well as No. 3 and No. 16 picks in the 2016 draft.

Like the Celtics, the 76ers are capable of putting together an enticing package for Butler with their combination of young players and future draft pick assets.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Being Run From Business-First Perspective

Feb 23, 2017 1:24 AM

Michael Reindsorf has taken a larger role within the Chicago Bulls this season as Jerry Reinsdorf has shifted to being purely an advisor on major decisions. Even then, Jerry Reindsorf wants his son to have final say.

Former and current Bulls personnel believe Michael Reinsdorf is running the team from a business-first perspective and measures success by the franchise's profitability and marketability. While winning a title remains a priority, it takes a back seat to the Bulls' financial health.

Multiple sources indicated that the anger expressed by several corporate sponsors went a long way in the Bulls staying away from a full rebuild in the offseason, leading to the Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade signings, despite neither being a fit for what coach Fred Hoiberg likes to do offensively.

This calculus figures to play a part in the Bulls' decision on whether or not to trade away Jimmy Butler.

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Bulls Pursue Trade With 76ers For Jahlil Okafor

Feb 22, 2017 7:44 PM

The Chicago Bulls continue to pursue a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor has been on the trading block by the 76ers for several weeks.

Okafor is a native of Chicago and was the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Duke.

The 76ers would prefer to trade Okafor instead of Nerlens Noel as they look to balance their roster.

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Cavaliers, Knicks, Bulls Interested In Trading For Patrick Beverley

Feb 22, 2017 1:30 PM

The Houston Rockets are receiving interest in Patrick Beverley from the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls.

Beverley would like to remain with the Rockets.

Beverley is on one of the NBA's best contracts as he re-signed with Houston in 2015 on a four-year, $25 million deal. Beverley is one of the NBA's best defensive guards.

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Jae Crowder Believed To Be Sticking Point In Boston's Talks With Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Celtics and Bulls continue to discuss a Jimmy Butler trade.

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Bulls Aggressively Shopping Nikola Mirotic
The Clippers are one possible destination for Nikola Mirotic.

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Jimmy Butler Expects To Remain With Bulls Through Deadline
The Bulls and Celtics haven't held substantive talks about Jimmy Butler since June.

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Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
The possibility of the Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline.

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Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets

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RealGM Radio: Chris Herring On The Knicks, Bulls And More
Host Danny Leroux and Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight discuss the Knicks, Bulls and the NBA as a whole.

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Bulls Interested In Trading For Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor is in his second season out of Duke and is a native of Chicago.

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Bulls Concerned By Front Office 'Spying' In Locker Room
There is a belief that the Bulls like to gather as much ammunition as possible on players so they can win the press conference when the players leave the team.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls Threatened To Cut Jimmy Butler's Minutes If He Didn't Sign Extension In 2014
Tom Thibodeau refused to follow through with the Bulls' threat and Jimmy Butler emerged as the Most Improved Player in the NBA.

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Younger Bulls' Players Would Like Dwyane Wade To Practice More
Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler began Chicago's 100-88 loss to Miami on the bench as punishment for their comments.

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Bulls' Role Players Believe Butler, Wade Playing 'Buddy Ball'
In their loss to the Hawks that sparked criticism from Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, the pair combined to score 73 points on 46 of the Bulls' 94 shooting possessions.

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Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Have No Issue With Rajon Rondo
Gar Forman said that the organization is "extremely disappointed" in players criticizing their teammates to the media and on social media.

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Rajon Rondo: My Vets Would Never Go The Media
Rajon Rondo posted a photograph of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen on Instagram along with a lengthy statement seemingly in response to comments made to the media by Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler after Wednesday's loss by the Bulls.

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Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler Suggest Teammates Don't Care Enough
Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler ripped their teammates following the Bulls' 119-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Bulls Struggles Will Impact Dwyane Wade's Decision On 17-18 Option
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls in the offseason with a player option for Year 2.

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Bulls Planning Pursuit Of Chris Bosh
The Bulls are already working on pursuing Chris Bosh if he becomes a free agent.

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Jimmy Butler's Future With Bulls Will Factor Into Dwyane Wade's 17-18 Decision
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls with a player option for Year 2.

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Rajon Rondo 'Absolutely' Wants To Become Coach In Future
Rajon Rondo would like to play "six or seven more years" but he's already preparing for his career as a coach.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Told Rajon Rondo They're Trying To 'Save Him From Himself'
During the interview, Rajon Rondo also described the situation as the most confusing of his career.

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Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler Named Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler averaged 38 ppg, 9.3 rpg 6.3 apg for the week, while Stephen Curry averaged 31.8 ppg, 5.5 apg and 4.5 rpg.

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