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

Joakim Noah still is having issues with his surgically repaired left knee.

“I still have a ways to go," said Noah.

Noah was asked what exactly felt different compared to last season.

“It’s fine. It’s a work in progress. It’s getting better. I’m happy with where it’s at. Let me live, man. Jeez.’’

 

The Sun-Times reported on Tuesday night that despite having what was considered “minor’’ surgery on the knee in May, a source in the Noah camp said that, “Jo’s knee is going to be an issue all season long.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Jimmy Butler Out With Sprained Ligaments In Thumb

Jimmy Butler sustained an injury to his left thumb against Charlotte on Monday night.

Subsequent examinations and an MRI on Tuesday confirmed a sprain of thumb ligaments.

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

Butler will be re-evaluated after the preseason finale.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bulls Waive Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, Solomon Jones

The Chicago Bulls waived Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, and Solomon Jones.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14.

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

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

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bulls Undecided Between Dunleavy, McDermott For Starting SF

Doug McDermott has looked comfortable with both units for the Chicago Bulls while Mike Dunleavy Jr. has filled a reserve and starting role in his two seasons with the team.

The Bulls are undecided on the permanent starter at small forward.

"Mike has shot the ball extremely well, so I think he helps that first unit function very well," Thibodeau said. "I'm not locked into it, but Mike's team defense is outstanding and I don't want to overlook that either.

"That's the great value in Mike, that he's comfortable in both roles. He doesn't need a long time to warm up. But I liked the way he played as a starter, so I don't want to make that decision yet."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose 'Numb' To Thibodeau's Quest For Perfection

Derrick Rose isn't upset with Tom Thibodeau's criticism of the Chicago Bulls, but he also doesn't agree with it.

“Not at all,’’ Rose said. “Everybody has their own opinion. As a coach, his standards are going to be high, very high, just knowing who he is. For the team, all we can do is get better every day, get the most out of every day and try to get better individually.’’

Asked if Thibodeau’s push for perfection year after year gets tiresome, Rose said, “No, I’m numb to it now. I’m used to it. Like [Tuesday], we didn’t even speak about it. We know what we have to do. It’s only one goal, and we can’t let anything get in the way of that goal.’’

Thibodeau said one major concern was not letting the Bulls fall into the trap of assuming they can just flip the switch on at the start of the regular season and make reservations for the Eastern Conference finals.

“I don’t want them to fool themselves,’’ Thibodeau said. “To me, the big thing is understanding what goes into winning and how you practice and prepare and the work that’s necessary to put into it to get yourself in great shape.

“That’s something you do every day. When you shortcut that process — I’ve been around a long time — I know it doesn’t work. I’ve tried to make that clear. When you watch film, it tells you a lot. For the team to function well, everyone has to do their part.

“I’m looking at everything. Who is taking plays off? Who is doing their job? Who is making multiple effort? Who is in great shape? Who is in poor shape? Why are we not functioning well? The regular season will be here before we know it. We have to be ready.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Thibodeau Wants Bulls To Get Into Mind-Set Like Spurs

Tom Thibodeau is looking for his core players to get in a mindset similar to the San Antonio Spurs.

In the two preseason games the Spurs played overseas last week, veteran Tim Duncan played 33 and 35 minutes, while Tony Parker played 35 and 36.

‘‘I’m watching San Antonio, and they’re going after it,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘Parker, Duncan, they’re playing huge minutes right off the start. I think it’s a strong message what they’re saying right now. They’re preparing themselves to defend their championship. And so in order to get that way from them, you’re going to have to wrestle it away from them. They’re not just going to give it away. Your mind-set has to be right.’’

Thibodeau singled out Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

‘‘Oh, no, they’re working hard enough,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s getting ready to play in games. You’re going to have timing and conditioning by playing together.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Pau Gasol, Bulls Believe He Can Thrive Defensively In Thibodeau's System

Pau Gasol believes the Chicago Bulls' system on defense will maximize his attributes on that end of the floor.

The Bulls won't have Gasol guarding "stretch four" forwards on the perimeter and will allow him to use his length to defend the rim.

"I've always been more of an offensive-minded player," Gasol said. "But my shot blocking I think always has been a little under the radar. With this defense, I'm going to be in the paint a lot protecting the rim. I think I'm going to have a pretty good season defensively. This group of guys covers so much ground. There's a lot of length and athleticism and activity. That makes it easier for everyone."

"He can do better," Tom Thibodeau said of Gasol. "He has done well, but I think he can be great. That's what I want him to be. He has great length. He has great timing. He's smart. He can anticipate. He's still not communicating as well as he's capable of, but he has done well thus far."

"This system is all based on activity and intensity," Gasol said. "Just picking up that fact and then what's going to make our defense great is working together and communicating. That's what we're trying to build."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Moving In Right Direction On Extension Talks

Jimmy Butler's representatives and the Chicago Bulls have started discussions on a possible contract extension.

"I want to be here," Butler said. "I think the Bulls want me here. So however long it takes, as long as we get it worked out. Basketball is my main focus, not really the contract situation."

Butler would become a restricted free agent next offseason if a new deal is not reached.

"They definitely are [working on it]," he said. "I think we're really good right now, moving in the right direction. But that's between them. I just got to be with my teammates and whatever I do between myself and that basket will handle that a lot easier.

"I don't really think about it too much," he said. "I grew up without money. I think I'll be all right for a couple more days. I just play basketball. That's what I know. And if you play basketball the right way, the contract situation will handle itself."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Bulls Sign Solomon Jones To One-Year, Vet Minimum Deal

The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent center Solomon Jones to a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, a league source told RealGM.

Jones, an eight-year NBA pro, went to training camp with the Orlando Magic a season ago and made the regular season roster.

At 6-foot-10, Jones has averaged three points and 2.7 rebounds in his career with Atlanta, Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans, New York and Orlando.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

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Bulls Re-Sign Nazr Mohammed

Nazr Mohammed saw action in 80 games (one start) and averaged 1.6 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 7.0 mpg last season.

Ray Allen Still Undecided On Playing Future; Wizards Among Teams 'Periodically' Reaching Out

The Wizards are "periodically" checking in on Ray Allen.

Sources: Taj Gibson Not Too Thrilled To Continue Being Backup Forward

Taj Gibson privately isn't too thrilled about the prospect of continuing to be a reserve forward, according to sources.

E'Twaun Moore Signs Two-Year Deal With Bulls

E’Twaun Moore has signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Bulls, a league source told RealGM.

Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Heat, Spurs, Bulls, Kings

Ryan Hollins met with the Heat on Friday, according to sources.

Bulls Have Contacted Ray Allen

The Bulls are believed to be among almost a dozen NBA teams to have contacted Ray Allen and his representatives.

Derrick Rose 'Loving' His Game, Unconcerned With Shooting Woes

Derrick Rose recently played five games in a span of six days.

Derrick Rose 'Fine' With Reserve Role For Team USA

Derrick Rose is using the Team USA experience to improve his basketball shape.

Carmelo: Leaving Knicks 'Was Close'

Carmelo Anthony decided to re-sign with the Knicks in July after strongly considering joining the Bulls.

Derrick Rose Sits With 'Body Fatigue'

Derrick Rose has been sidelined from Team USA with ‘‘general body fatigue’’ since a victory over Brazil on Saturday night.

Thibodeau: Rose Has Become More Comfortable All Summer Long

Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes in an exhibition game in Chicago.

Derrick Rose Plans To Reach Out To Paul George During Season

Derrick Rose plans to reach out to Paul George during the NBA regular season.

National Game Appearances In 14-15 By Team

The Bulls, Thunder and Cavaliers have the most nationally televised games this season.

Reinsdorf Moves On From Reports Of Friction Between Rose, Bulls

Derrick Rose spoke to ESPN and shot down notions of ill feelings between the two sides.

Timberwolves Expect To Execute Kevin Love Deal By Aug. 23-24

The Timberwolves expect to trade Kevin Love by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24.

Derrick Rose Acknowledges Rift Between His Camp, Bulls; Jerry Reinsdorf Refutes Report

Derrick Rose was quoted in the Sun-Times as acknowledging a rift between his camp and the Bulls' organization.

Wolves Narrow Kevin Love Trade Talks Down To Cavaliers

The Wolves are currently engaged in serious Kevin Love talks with only the Cavaliers.

Bulls Not Aggressively Pursuing Kevin Love Deal, Have Made No Formal Offers

Sources continue to indicate that the Bulls are not aggressively pursuing a trade for Kevin Love and have made no formal offers.

Derrick Rose Wanted To Prove People Wrong 'Too Bad' In First Return

Derrick Rose is participating in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas.

Jimmy Butler Withdraws From USA Camp With Groin Injury

Jimmy Butler has withdrawn from USA Basketball training camp with a slight groin injury.
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