Apr 20, 2014 11:51 PM EDT
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.’’
Apr 19, 2014 10:33 PM EDT
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.
Apr 19, 2014 2:09 PM EDT
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.
Apr 18, 2014 5:23 PM EDT
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
33. Orlando (To Cleveland)
34/35. Boston (To Dallas)
36. LA Lakers (To Milwaukee via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37. Sacramento (To Toronto)
39. Cleveland (To Philadelphia)
40. New Orleans (To Minnesota)
42. New York (To Houston)
47. Brooklyn (To Philadelphia via Dallas and Boston)
48. Toronto (To Milwaukee via Phoenix)
52. Memphis (To Philadelphia via Cleveland)
53. Golden State (To Minnesota)
54. Houston (To Philadelphia via Milwaukee)
56. Portland (To Denver)
58. LA Clippers (To San Antonio via New Orleans)
59. Oklahoma City (To Toronto via New York)
60. San Antonio
Apr 18, 2014 2:14 PM EDT
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.
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Apr 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT
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.
Apr 17, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
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.
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Apr 17, 2014 12:08 PM EDT
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.
Apr 15, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
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.
Apr 14, 2014 1:09 PM EDT
The Chicago Bulls signed free agent Greg Smith to a contract for the remainder of the season and fully guaranteed for next season, a league source told RealGM.
For the Bulls, the signing represents a wise and proactive investment in Smith, a 6-foot-10 center capable of serving as a contributing reserve on a championship caliber team. Despite his season-ending knee injury, Smith was expected to be a valued player in free agency, and only became available when the Houston Rockets released him and he cleared waivers.
Smith, 23, has averaged 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 89 career games over three NBA seasons.
To create room on the roster, the Bulls released Tornike Shengelia.
Shengelia (6-9, 220), was acquired from Brooklyn in exchange for guard Marquis Teague on January 21. He appeared in nine games for the Bulls and averaged 0.4 ppg and 0.2 rpg in 1.9 mpg. In his NBA career, Shengelia has appeared in 45 games and averaged 1.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg and 0.4 apg in 5.5 mpg, while shooting .451 from the field.
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The Bulls and Lakers are expected to be potential suitors for Carmelo Anthony.
The Bulls will sign Lou Amundson to a contract on Thursday for the remainder of the season, sources tell RealGM.
Carlos Boozer reiterated that he has tuned out discussion of the Bulls likely using the amnesty clause on him in the offseason.
Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January.
Joakim Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis.
Ronnie Brewer appeared in 23 games earlier this season with the Rockets.
Erik Murphy was waived by Chicago on April 3 after appearing in 24 games for the Bulls, averaging 2.6 minutes per contest.
It is reportedly unclear which team said no to the reported Jimmy Butler-for-Harrison Barnes swap.
The Bulls, Cavaliers, Bobcats and Grizzlies are expected to be potential options for Pau Gasol, according to a poll of NBA executives.
The Bulls have held discussions about signing Ronnie Brewer and Mike James, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Kirk Hinrich will base his free agency decision as much -- if not more so -- on fit as much as financial reasons.
Kevin Love can become a free agent in 2015.
Tom Thibodeau reiterated on Monday that Derrick Rose will miss the Bulls' entire season after suffering a torn meniscus in late November.
Derrick Rose was part of the 2010 World Championship team.
The Bulls have an easier path to sign Carmelo Anthony to a contract, but the Rockets believe they can also shed enough contracts.
Jimmer Fredette is averaging just 4.3 minutes per game in his four appearances with the Bulls.
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.
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