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Joakim Noah Named Defensive Player Of The Year

Joakim Noah has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.

Noah's strong play on defense allowed the Bulls to remain a playoff team despite the season-ending injury to Derrick Rose and trade of Luol Deng.

Noah received 100 of 125 first place votes.

Roy Hibbert finished second, while DeAndre Jordan was third. Serge Ibaka, Andre Iguodala and LeBron James rounded out the top-6.

Via Aggrey Sam/Comcast

Bulls Excited To Own Two 'Invaluable' First Round Picks

The Chicago Bulls are excited to own the 16th and 19th overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

“Yeah, because picks are invaluable,’’ Gar Forman said Sunday. “You’re capable of getting a couple of players that can help your team, and under the new CBA, you’re getting guys that are locked in contractually at very reasonable contracts. So in building a team, we’ve seen that draft picks are of extreme importance.’’

Forman elected to wait until all of the underclassmen make their decisions before declaring on the depth of the draft.

“Every year, you’ve got people speculating on whether it’s a strong draft, weak draft, whatever,’’ Forman said. “I think our philosophy has always been that there’s always opportunities in the draft, and it’s our job to find guys that fit our culture, our team, our organization. With two picks in the top 20, I think we have an opportunity to get two guys that can help us.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls Were Increasingly Confident Of Carmelo Chances Even Before Cap News

The Chicago Bulls were already feeling increasingly optimistic of their chances of acquiring Carmelo Anthony this offseason, according to sources, and the projected increase in salary cap for 14-15 improves their odds.

The Bulls would have to use their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, as well as moving other veteran salary to make Anthony a competitive offer.

The Houston Rockets are also confident that they can create space for Anthony.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Joakim Noah Returns To Practice After Bereavement Leave

Joakim Noah returned to Chicago Bulls practice on Saturday and will play in Sunday's Game 1 against the Washington Wizards.

Noah missed practice on Friday due to a bereavement leave to tend to the passing of childhood mentor Tyrone Green.

"I will do my best to respect his life and his family in this time of grief and ask that everyone please do the same. I will miss him very much," Noah said in a statement.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Ties Broken For 2014 NBA Draft Selection Order

The NBA broke five ties for teams with identical records to help determine the selection order for the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Utah Jazz won a tiebreaker over the Boston Celtics.

The Brooklyn Nets won a tiebreaker the Washington Wizards. The Celtics will receive the pick from the Nets, while the Phoenix Suns receive the Wizards' pick.

The Chicago Bulls on a tiebreaker over the Toronto Raptors.

The Portland Trail Blazers won a tiebreaker with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets. The Rockets then won a tiebreaker with the Heat.

Milwaukee 15-67 (.183) // 250
Philadelphia 19-63 (.232) // 199
Orlando 23-59 (.280) // 156
Utah 25-57 (.305) // 104
Boston 25-57 (.305) // 103
LA Lakers 27-55 (.329) // 63
Sacramento 28-54 (.341) // 43
Detroit (1) 29-53 (.354) // 28
Cleveland 33-49 (.402) // 17
New Orleans (2) 34-48 (.415) // 11
Denver (3) 36-46 (.439) // 8
New York (To Denver or to Orlando via Denver) 37-45 (.451) // 7
Minnesota (4) 40-42 (.488) // 6
Phoenix 48-34 (.585) // 5

The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:
15. Atlanta 38-44 (.463)
16. Charlotte (To Chicago) 43-39 (.524)
17. Brooklyn (To Boston) 44-38 (.537)
18. Washington (To Phoenix) 44-38 (.537)
19. Chicago 48-34 (.585)
20. Toronto 48-34 (.585)
21. Dallas (To Oklahoma City via Houston and LA Lakers) 49-33 (.598)
22. Memphis 50-32 (.610)
23. Golden State (To Utah) 51-31 (.622)
24. Portland (To Charlotte) 54-28 (.659)
25. Houston 54-28 (.659)
26. Miami 54-28 (.659)
27. Indiana (To Phoenix) 56-26 (.683)
28. LA Clippers 57-25 (.695)
29. Oklahoma City 59-23 (.720)
30. San Antonio 62-20 (.756)

2014 Second Round Draft Choice Order
31. Milwaukee
32. Philadelphia
33. Orlando (To Cleveland)
34/35. Boston (To Dallas)
34/35. Utah
36. LA Lakers (To Milwaukee via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37. Sacramento (To Toronto)
38. Detroit
39. Cleveland (To Philadelphia)
40. New Orleans (To Minnesota)
41. Denver
42. New York (To Houston)
43. Atlanta
44. Minnesota
45. Charlotte
46. Washington
47. Brooklyn (To Philadelphia via Dallas and Boston)
48. Toronto (To Milwaukee via Phoenix)
49. Chicago
50. Phoenix
51. Dallas
52. Memphis (To Philadelphia via Cleveland)
53. Golden State (To Minnesota)
54. Houston (To Philadelphia via Milwaukee)
55. Miami
56. Portland (To Denver)
57. Indiana
58. LA Clippers (To San Antonio via New Orleans)
59. Oklahoma City (To Toronto via New York)
60. San Antonio

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

CLICK HERE to listen or download.

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

Via RealGM Staff Report

Forman: Derrick Rose Won't Return For Postseason

Derrick Rose tore his meniscus early in the season and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Gar Forman, general manager of the Chicago Bulls, reiterated on Thursday that Rose is out for the season and has been ruled out of the postseason.

There had been reports, albeit from less than reputable sources, that Rose could return to the postseason.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

Click here for the full list.

Via RealGM Staff Report

LeBron, Durant, Kobe, Rose, Curry Have NBA's Best-Selling Jerseys

LeBron James has the NBA's best-selling jersey, beating out Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry.

Bryant and Rose played in just 16 combined games.

James has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the NBA.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

Bulls Tried To Bring Kurt Thomas Out Of Retirement

The Chicago Bulls attempted to sign Kurt Thomas earlier this month before signing Lou Amundson and Greg Smith.

Thomas is now 41 and has not played since last season, considering himself retired.

Thomas played for nine teams in his 18 seasons as a pro after leading the nation in scoring and rebounding at TCU in 1994-95.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Chicago Bulls Archives

Bulls Sign Greg Smith Through Next Season, Waive Tornike Shengelia

The Bulls signed Greg Smith to a contract for the remainder of the season and fully guaranteed for next season, a source told RealGM.

Anthony Praises Thibodeau's Coaching, Compares System To Popovich

The Bulls and Lakers are expected to be potential suitors for Carmelo Anthony.

Bulls To Sign Lou Amundson For Remainder Of Season

The Bulls will sign Lou Amundson to a contract on Thursday for the remainder of the season, sources tell RealGM.

Carlos Boozer Tunes Out Possibility Of Being Amnestied By Bulls

Carlos Boozer reiterated that he has tuned out discussion of the Bulls likely using the amnesty clause on him in the offseason.

Mike James To Sign With Bulls For Remainder Of Season

Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January.

Joakim Noah To Sit Out World Cup Of Basketball

Joakim Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis.

Bulls Sign Ronnie Brewer For Remainder Of Season

Ronnie Brewer appeared in 23 games earlier this season with the Rockets.

Jazz Claim Erik Murphy Off Waivers, Release Andris Biedrins

Erik Murphy was waived by Chicago on April 3 after appearing in 24 games for the Bulls, averaging 2.6 minutes per contest.

Report: Bulls, Warriors Discussed Jimmy Butler For Harrison Barnes Deal Before Deadline

It is reportedly unclear which team said no to the reported Jimmy Butler-for-Harrison Barnes swap.

Pau Gasol Will Factor Winning Over Money; Bulls, Cavs, Bobcats, Grizzlies Expected To Pursue

The Bulls, Cavaliers, Bobcats and Grizzlies are expected to be potential options for Pau Gasol, according to a poll of NBA executives.

Bulls Waive Erik Murphy; Discuss Signing Ronnie Brewer, Mike James

The Bulls have held discussions about signing Ronnie Brewer and Mike James, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Kirk Hinrich Reiterates Desire To Re-Sign With Bulls

Kirk Hinrich will base his free agency decision as much -- if not more so -- on fit as much as financial reasons.

Source: Kevin Love Likes Idea Of Playing In LA, New York, Chicago

Kevin Love can become a free agent in 2015.

Tom Thibodeau Reiterates Derrick Rose Will Miss Entire Season

Tom Thibodeau reiterated on Monday that Derrick Rose will miss the Bulls' entire season after suffering a torn meniscus in late November.

Bulls Support Derrick Rose's Participation In Summer With Team USA

Derrick Rose was part of the 2010 World Championship team.

Bulls, Rockets Emerge As Carmelo's Options If He Decides To Leave Knicks

The Bulls have an easier path to sign Carmelo Anthony to a contract, but the Rockets believe they can also shed enough contracts.

Fredette Believes He Has Ideal Opportunity With Bulls

Jimmer Fredette is averaging just 4.3 minutes per game in his four appearances with the Bulls.

RealGM Radio: Leroux Talks Bulls With Brian Schroeder

Danie Leroux and Brian Schroeder discuss the surprising Bulls' season, Joakim Noah's place on the MVP ballot, the playoff race, the potentially intertwined futures of Noah and Tom Thibodeau, and other NBA topics.

Popovich: Noah Won't Win MVP, 'But He's Pretty Damn Valuable'

Gregg Popovich praised Joakim Noah's MVP candidacy.

Carmelo Denies Report Of Recruitment Talk With Noah

Carmelo Anthony denied a report that he discussed joining the Bulls with Joakim Noah during All-Star Weekend.
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