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Jimmy Butler Could Miss 3-4 Weeks With Elbow Sprain

Mar 2, 2015 1:31 PM

Jimmy Butler could miss three to four weeks with his elbow sprain, but he won't need surgery.

The Chicago Bulls are already without Derrick Rose for several weeks following knee surgery.

Butler will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Jimmy Butler To Undergo MRI On Hyperextended Elbow

Mar 1, 2015 4:13 PM

Jimmy Butler will undergo an MRI on his hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

Butler suffered the injury during the Chicago Bulls' loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

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Derrick Rose Confident He Will Play Again This Season

Feb 28, 2015 3:14 PM

Derrick Rose appeared at the Chicago Bulls' practice facility on Saturday.

Rose was in good spirits and will begin his rehabilitation process.

Rose did not address the media but is very confident he will play again this season. The Bulls believe he will miss four to six weeks with the torn meniscus in his knee.

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Derrick Rose Undergoes Surgery, Expected Back In 4-6 Weeks

Feb 27, 2015 11:44 AM

Derrick Rose is expected to return from his knee surgery in four to six weeks.

"We expect Derrick to be playing this season," said Gar Forman.

Rose had the damaged part of his meniscus removed during the surgery, which was described as minor.

Rose first tore the meniscus in his right knee in November of 2013 and subsequently missed the remainder of the 13-14 season.

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Derrick Rose To Undergo Meniscectomy On Right Knee

Feb 26, 2015 5:03 PM

Derrick Rose is scheduled to have a meniscectomy on Friday morning for his meniscus tear in his right knee. 

A timetable for when Rose will return will be determined following the procedure.

Rose first tore the meniscus in his right knee in November of 2013.

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Nate Robinson, Bulls Hold Exploratory Discussions

Feb 26, 2015 12:58 AM

The Chicago Bulls have held exploratory conversations with free agent guard Nate Robinson as a potential roster addition, league sources told RealGM.

Discussions have yet to advance, but the Bulls were made aware Tuesday night that Robinson has a strong desire to sign with the franchise. Robinson is a natural fit for the roster, familiar with its core players and coaching staff.

Chicago has entered planning mode, with some hope that Derrick Rose can still return this season from a torn meniscus in his right knee. Even if Rose misses a possible minimum of four weeks, there's belief the Bulls could hold firm on their current 14-man roster.

Robinson had the most complete and dynamic campaign of his 10-year NBA career as a reserve guard for the Bulls in 2012-13, averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 assists in all 82 regular season games. The 30-year-old had helped lead the Bulls to a Eastern Conference semifinal behind three 20-plus point performances in the 2013 postseason.

Robinson has spent the past two seasons with the Denver Nuggets. He was bought out of his contract after a trade to the Boston Celtics and became a free agent.

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Westbrook Has 30.0+ PER In Four Of Seven Months Since Third Surgery

Feb 25, 2015 12:44 PM

With Derrick Rose undergoing another surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee, Russell Westbrook has been referenced as a reason for optimism.

Westbrook underwent three surgeries following his torn meniscus suffered during the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Westbrook has inarguably been one of the NBA's best players since the third surgery from December of 2013. Westbrook had a PER of 24.6 while playing all 82 games during the 12-13 season.

PER by Month

November 2013: 16.8

December 2013: 24.7

(third surgery)

February 2014: 24.8

March 2014: 30.9

April 2014: 31.3

Playoffs 2014: 28.6

December 2014: 30.0

January 2015: 19.9

February 2015: 35.0

Rose's production has been consistently down from his MVP levels since returning from a torn ACL. 


PER: 23.6/15.9

TS%: .550/.496

AST%: 38.6/29.8

FTr: .348/.224

Dunks Per Game: 0.39/0.09

(Westbrook: 0.52 in 12-13/0.77 in 14-15)

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Derrick Rose To Undergo Knee Surgery To Repair Medial Meniscus Tear

Feb 24, 2015 10:41 PM

Derrick Rose will undergo surgery after an MRI revealed medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

Rose was experiencing pain in the knee, which is the same knee that suffered a torn meniscus last season.

Rose appeared in 46 games this season for the Chicago Bulls, averaging 31.0 minutes per game after missing 72 in 13-14.

During the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Rose tore the ACL in his left knee.

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Taj Gibson Playing Through Grade Two Ligament Tear In Hand

Feb 22, 2015 2:34 AM

Taj Gibson revealed Saturday that he has played through a grade two ligament tear in his left hand for the past month.

Gibson suffered the injury on Jan. 19.

"It was severe," Gibson said. "Doctors didn't know what we could do. They put a big cast on my hand. Oh man, I don't wish that on anybody. But it's kind of almost healed up now. (Thibs) said, 'Never give a team any kind of uphill trigger point on you to try to slow your game down.' That's why I always remained quiet and whatever happens, whatever criticism I take, that's what I'm going to take."

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Bulls, Clippers, Cavs Expected To Pursue Kendrick Perkins

Feb 19, 2015 5:07 PM

Kendrick Perkins will be bought out by the Utah Jazz.

The Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls are interested in Perkins once he clears waivers.

Perkins played for both Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau with the Boston Celtics.

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Ronnie Brewer, Bulls Maintaining Contact
The Bulls have maintained contact with Ronnie Brewer throughout the season as a potential signing, league sources told RealGM.

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Thunder, Kings, Bulls, Clippers Interested In Arron Afflalo
The Nuggets are making Arron Afflalo available in trade talks, though serious discussions have yet to take place at this point.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Butler, Lowry, Wall, Knight, MCW, I. Thomas To Participate In Skills Challenge
Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are each first-time All-Stars.

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Paxson Refutes Van Gundy's Comments On Bulls Leaking Stories To Undermine Thibodeau
Jeff Van Gundy accused Bulls management of trying to undermine Tom Thibodeau by leaking disparaging stories.

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Raptors, Bulls Among Teams Interested In D.J. Kennedy
The Raptors and Bulls are among four NBA teams that have shown an interest in D.J. Kennedy, sources told RealGM.

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters
Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

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Derrick Rose Cleared From Minute Restrictions
Derrick Rose has been cleared by the Bulls to play extended minutes if needed.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Derrick Rose Believes Bulls Not On 'Same Page'
Derrick Rose expressed frustration after the Bulls suffered their sixth loss in eight games.

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Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Clippers Express Interest In Damion James
The Bulls, Pistons, Wizards and Clippers have expressed interest in Damion James, a league source told RealGM on Sunday.

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Joakim Noah Injures Ankle
Joakim Noah left the United Center in a walking boot.

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Bulls Prepared For Inevitability Of Jimmy Butler's Max Contract
The Bulls reset the clock on the NBA's repeater tax last year by trading Luol Deng to the Cavaliers.

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Nikola Mirotic, Andrew Wiggins Named Rookies Of December
Nikola Mirotic and Andrew Wiggins have been named the NBA Players of the Month for December.

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Jimmy Butler, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls to a 4-0 week behind averages of 23.0 points (seventh in the conference), 7.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 blocks.

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Bulls Experiment With Nikola Mirotic At Small Forward
Nikola Mirotic has been very productive in his minutes, which the Bulls are looking to expand.

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Thibodeau: Thank God For Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points in the Bulls' 103-97 win on Thursday over the Knicks.

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Carmelo On Not Signing With Bulls: What's Done Is Done
Carmelo Anthony hopes the Knicks will be able to eventually get him more help.

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Doug McDermott Out 6-8 Weeks After Surgery On Small Meniscus Tear
The rehab estimate is fluid based on how quickly Doug McDermott can regain strength and conditioning.

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Jimmy Butler Credits Mentorship Of Deng For Development
Jimmy Butler credits the mentorship of Luol Deng for his development this season.

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