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Rajon Rondo Suspended One Game By Bulls For Conduct Detrimental To Team

Dec 5, 2016 11:42 AM

Rajon Rondo has been suspended by the Chicago Bulls for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

Rondo will miss Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rondo had a heated postgame exchange following Saturday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks with assistant coach Jim Boylen.

Rondo apologized to the coaching staff and his teammates on Sunday, and as one source said, “took responsibility for it.”

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Dwyane Wade: I Definitely Had To Change My Game More Than LeBron

Dec 2, 2016 12:13 AM

Dwyane Wade acknowledged he had to adjust his game more than LeBron James did during their time together with the Miami Heat.

Wade and James played together for four years before James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I definitely changed mine more," Wade said with a laugh after Thursday's practice. "It's not even a conversation. There's no conversation to have. I definitely had to change mine more."

Wade and James didn't have a conversation about how their respective games would change before they decided to join forces.

"We all knew the sacrifice that was going to be [made]," Wade said. "Obviously, you sit down and you talk about playing together. You think you know what's [going to happen], you try to cover things in that moment, but then once you start playing together you realize it's harder than what you thought. But we all knew we had to sacrifice. Chris Bosh, too. He's somebody who they don't talk about, he had to sacrifice a lot too. But at the end of the day, we sacrificed points, article hits, but what we gained was championships, friendships and brotherhoods that last a lifetime. So I'm sure if we could do it all over again we'd do it exactly the same way."

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Dwyane Wade: Relationships Have Become Critical Part Of Free Agency

Nov 23, 2016 1:18 PM

Dwyane Wade talked about how the NBA is "different" than it used to be in how players court one another and it has influenced free agency.

"The league is different today," Wade said. "The league is all about relationships, player relationships. Obviously presidents and GMs have their job to do to put teams together, but when it comes to free agency, that's player relationships more than anything. It's where an individual wants to go, so you have to feel comfortable with where you're going and who you're going with. And it starts in that process. Maybe you have a relationship with a guy, maybe you don't, but it starts in that process when guys are able to reach out to you and you see."

Wade readily admits how important it was that Jimmy Butler reached out to him during the process.

"If the star player on the team doesn't reach out to me then I don't think he's really excited about me coming there," Wade continued. "If Jimmy don't reach out to me then I'm not coming to Chicago because I don't think Jimmy wants me here. But Jimmy reaches out to me and says, 'D, I want you to come,' it's a different -- that's simple right there. It's hard to change my mindset and everything."

Wade's friendship and influence played a key role in Miami's ability to sign both LeBron James and Chris Bosh in free agency in 2010. 

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Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis Named NBA Players Of The Week

Nov 21, 2016 4:00 PM

The Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 20.

Butler helped the Bulls to a 3-1 week, with all victories coming on the road, by averaging 27.3 points (second in the East), 9.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He began the week with back-to-back double-doubles, finishing with 27 points and 12 rebounds in a 113-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 15 and recording 20 points and 12 rebounds in an 85-77 victory over the Utah Jazz on Nov. 17. In his final game of the week, Butler scored a season-high 40 points and added seven rebounds and six assists in a 118-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 20.

The Pelicans went 3-0 last week in games Davis played (3-1 overall) as he averaged a league-high 33.7 points, led the West with 13.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks, and added 2.0 steals.

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Pat Riley Regrets Not Signing Dwyane Wade To Max Contract In 2014

Nov 12, 2016 10:34 PM

Pat Riley said he regretted not signing Dwyane Wade to a maximum contract in 2014 when he was a free agent for the first time since 2010.

"Riley told me before the game that, if he had to do it over again, in the summer of 2014, after LeBron James left and went back to Cleveland, we should have given Wade a max deal as well as Chris Bosh, as the team did," David Aldridge said in a sideline report. "Riley told me, 'That was wrong. I should have, we should have given him that. That's a big second-guess, but that's on me.'"

Wade signed a two-year, $31.1 million deal with a player option for the second season after opting out of a more lucrative arrangement that would have paid him $42 million over two years.

Wade recouped some of that by opting out and signing a one-year, $20 million deal in 2015.

Wade left the Heat to sign with the Bulls this past offseason after they had a stalemate over his contract terms.

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Dwyane Wade: If You're Not With Pat Riley, You're Against Him

Nov 9, 2016 2:06 PM

Dwyane Wade had a relatively simple perspective on his exit from the Miami Heat due to how well he's known Pat Riley.

“I know who Pat is. It’s no secret to me,” Wade said following Wednesday’s morning shootaround. “If you’re not with him, you’re against him. That’s just the way he is. You gotta understand that, man.

“I’m cool with it. I’m fine, 100 percent. I was there 13 years. I’ve seen a lot of video tributes. I’ve seen a lot of players come in and go out. And I’ve seen the way he has responded to them. And I know if you’re not with him, you’re against him.”

Wade will return to Miami for the first time on Thursday.

“I haven’t talked to him. Simple as that,” Wade said. “I think I’ve been very open and honest about my respect and love for Pat. But I’ve also been honest that I haven’t spoken to him since the season ended.”

Wade said he has communicated “with everyone else” in the organization.

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Bulls Exercise 17-18 Options On Doug McDermott, Jerian Grant, Bobby Portis

Oct 29, 2016 10:51 AM

The Chicago Bulls have exercised its fourth-year option on forward Doug McDermott, and the third-year options on guard Jerian Grant and forward Bobby Portis.

By exercising these options, they will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2017-18 season.

McDermott (6-8, 223) played in 81 games (four starts) in 2015-16 after appearing in only 36 games during his rookie season. He recorded 37 double-digit scoring games last season, including a career-high 30 points on Feb. 19, 2016, versus Toronto – after only posting four games with 10+ points in 2014-15. McDermott’s 3-point percentage of .425 in 2015-16 ranked fifth in the NBA. The Creighton product owns career averages of 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting .445 from the field, .410 from three and .828 from the free-throw line. McDermott was selected 11th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft and came to the Bulls in a draft-night deal with the Denver Nuggets on June 26, 2014.

Grant (6-4, 198) was selected 19th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, with the pick originally owned by the Washington Wizards and subsequently traded to New York via Atlanta. In his rookie year, Grant played in 76 games (six starts) and posted 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists (eighth among rookies) in 16.6 minutes per game. His .780 free-throw percentage ranked sixth among rookies. In his final year at Notre Dame in 2014-15, Grant earned NCAA First Team All-America honors from The Associated Press.

Portis (6-11, 250) appeared in 62 games (four starts) in 2015-16. In his rookie year, he became the first Bull to record 20 points and 10 rebounds in one of his first five career games since 1999. Portis also became the 25th player in Bulls history to log a double-digit scoring effort in their NBA debut (Nov. 3, at Charlotte), and his field goal percentage of .714 is the highest of any Bull in his first game. He owns careers averages of 7.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 17.8 minutes per game while shooting .427 from the field, .308 from behind the arc and .727 from the line. The Arkansas product was named SEC Player of the Year in his second and final season as a Razorback.

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Dwyane Wade Fined $25,000 For Throat-Slash Gesture

Oct 29, 2016 10:44 AM

Dwyane Wade received a $25,000 fine for his throat slashing gesture during the Chicago Bulls' win on Thursday.

Wade scored 22 points and hit the game-clincher with 26.3 seconds left.

"I wanna apologize to my young fans on my gesture at the end of last nights game. I was caught up in the emotions of my first game at home," said Wade.

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Dwyane Wade 'Closes Miami Chapter' With First Bulls' Win

Oct 28, 2016 8:52 AM

Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 105-99 in his debut with the franchise.

Wade hit his fourth three-pointer of the game to seal it for the Bulls.

“I closed the Miami chapter right there,” Wade told The Vertical inside an empty locker room late Thursday.

“I can’t focus over there anymore. I want those guys in Miami to be successful, but I’m motivated by greatness here. I’m motivated by doing what people think I can’t do, for sure. I had to make a decision, and I feel good about the decision I made.

“A lot of emotions hit me when I made that shot. I’m not here because I’m angry at [Pat Riley] or the Heat. There’s no anger. I’m happy because I got the freedom to look elsewhere. I got to look at home.”

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R.J. Hunter Close To Deal With Bulls

Oct 26, 2016 7:27 PM

The Chicago Bulls and R.J. Hunter are engaged in serious talks on a deal.

Hunter was waived by the Boston Celtics as part of their final roster cuts for the regular season.

Hunter was the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Georgia State.

The Bulls are in need of perimeter shooting on the wing.

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Bulls Sought Additional Starter-Level Player From Celtics In Jimmy Butler Talks
On top of Jae Crowder, the No. 3 pick and the No. 16 pick, the Bulls wanted another starter-level player from the Celtics.

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Bulls Acquire Michael Carter-Williams From Bucks For Tony Snell
The Bucks have been looking for more shooting on the perimeter following the hamstring injury to Khris Middleton.

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Wade: LeBron And I Liked Chicago Situation In 2010 Until Heat Could Also Fit Bosh
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had interest in joining Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in 2010.

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LeBron James Wanted Cavs To Sign Dwyane Wade If Cap Space Were Available
Cleveland could offer only the taxpayer midlevel exception to Dwyane Wade, worth about $3.5 million.

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Dwyane Wade Feeling 'Freedom Of Mind' Shooting Three-Pointers With Chicago
Dwyane Wade has typically struggled with his perimeter shot with a 28.4 percent mark for his career.

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Dunc'd On Season Outlooks: CHI w/ KC Johnson and IND w/ Jared Wade
Dunc'd On Season Outlooks: CHI w/ KC Johnson and IND w/ Jared Wade

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Dwyane Wade Admits Considering Cleveland In Free Agency
Dwyane Wade would have had to take significantly less money to sign with the Cavaliers.

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Bulls Waive Vince Hunter
Vince Hunter didn't play in the Bulls' preseason opener.

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Bulls Giving Dwyane Wade Green Light On Open Three-Pointers
Dwyane Wade did shoot 52.2 percent on 3-pointers during last season's playoffs when defenses stacked to try to take away his driving and slashing game.

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Vince Hunter, Bulls Sign Camp Deal
Vince Hunter played for the Grizzlies and Clippers in Summer League.

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J.J. Avila Signs Camp Deal With Bulls
J.J. Avila played for the Knicks in Summer League.

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D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Signs Camp Deal With Bulls
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera averaged 16.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game as a senior.

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Jerry Reinsdorf: Joakim Noah Not 'Frontline Guy Anymore'
The Bulls showed little interest, if any, in re-signing Joakim Noah.

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Dwyane Wade: My Decision To Sign With Chicago 'Bigger Than Basketball'
Dwyane Wade chose to sign with his hometown Bulls this summer.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast break down the Central Division.

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Jimmy Butler, Fred Hoiberg Working On Relationship In Offseason
Fred Hoiberg seemed to have a contentious relationship with Jimmy Butler during his first season with the Bulls.

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Fred Hoiberg: Rajon Rondo Will Thrive In My System
The Bulls will have to manage three ball dominant backcourt players in Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.

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Dwyane Wade: Leaving Heat For Bulls Was Decision 'Solely For Me'
Dwyane Wade had his introductory press conference with the Bulls in which he explained his decision to leave the Heat.

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Jimmy Butler Unbothered By Trade Rumors Or Perceptions
The Chicago Bulls have overhauled their roster over the offseason with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol leaving.

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Derrick Rose: Knicks, Warriors Are The Super Teams
New York acquired Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

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