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Bulls Told Rajon Rondo They're Trying To 'Save Him From Himself'

Jan 10, 2017 6:14 PM

Rajon Rondo spoke to the media for several minutes on Tuesday, addressing his current situation with the Chicago Bulls.

Rondo has been benched by Fred Hoiberg and his future with the Bulls remains unclear.

"I got a slight explanation from another guy on the staff," said Rondo. "A guy told me that he was saving me from myself."

Rondo was asked by the media what he thought of that position.

"I thought it was bullsh*t," said Rondo.

"Save me from myself. I never heard that before in my life. But I guess he was trying to do the best thing for me."

During the interview, Rondo also described the situation as the most confusing of his career.

"You’re only as good as your coach thinks you are. That’s a big part of each individual’s success in the NBA."

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Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler Named Players Of The Week

Jan 9, 2017 3:07 PM

Stephen Curry and Jimmy Butler have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Jan. 2nd and Jan. 8th.

Butler averaged 38 ppg, 9.3 rpg 6.3 apg for the week, while Curry averaged 31.8 ppg, 5.5 apg and 4.5 rpg.

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Report: Jimmy Butler Back On Trade Market 'For Right Price'

Jan 5, 2017 7:06 PM

The Chicago Bulls discussed trade scenarios involving Jimmy Butler with both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics in the offseason and could be ready to reengage his market leading to the trade deadline.

After coming close to a full rebuild in trading Butler, the Bulls signed Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in July. The Rondo signing hasn't worked out and he's unlikely to finish the season with the Bulls while Butler has continued to play at an All-Star level.

"League sources say the team made it known weeks ago through back channels that Jimmy Butler is available for the right price," said Ric Bucher.

"The Bulls, league sources say, have been uncertain about building around Butler even after signing him to a five-year, $95 million deal. One league executive said GM Gar Forman held off aggressively pursuing a move sooner this season because of the team's surprising start. Now that the Bulls have leveled off, Butler is apparently back on the market, along with (Rajon) Rondo of course."

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Rajon Rondo, Mario Chalmers On Cavs' Radar

Jan 5, 2017 10:23 AM

LeBron James acknowledged the Cleveland Cavaliers' need for a backup point guard with Mo Williams still taking a roster spot.

Cleveland drafted Kay Felder in the second round but he's still a rookie.

"Kay's in the process of learning on the fly," James said. "He's a rookie and is going to have his mistakes and things of that nature. It's tough on him because we're a franchise trying to win a championship. He has to have a fast-track mind. But we don't have a backup point guard."

The Cavaliers are monitoring Rajon Rondo's situation with the Chicago Bulls while Mario Chalmers is also on their radar as he works his way back from a torn Achilles.

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Rajon Rondo Doesn't Receive 'Clear-Cut Message' Meeting With Forman, Paxson

Jan 4, 2017 4:35 PM

Rajon Rondo spoke to the media on Wednesday for the first time since a meeting on Saturday with Gar Forman and John Paxson about his future with the franchise.

"It went OK," Rondo said. "It really wasn't a clear-cut message [from Forman and Paxson]. We'll talk again."

 

Rondo said after a Dec. 31 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that he would "absolutely" look to move on from the Bulls if he wasn't playing, but when asked Wednesday if Forman and Paxson were open to helping him find another team to play for, Rondo did not get into specifics.

"I'm leaving that talk for my agent [Bill Duffy] and for them guys [Forman and Paxson] to talk," Rondo said.

Fred Hoiberg has been noncommittal about using Rondo off the bench since Rondo's demotion, repeatedly saying "we'll see," when the possibility is discussed. 

"We'll see," Rondo said. "We'll see. I just want to work on my game and continue to get better."

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Rajon Rondo To Discuss Bulls' Future With Gar Forman

Jan 1, 2017 11:55 AM

Rajon Rondo will meet with Gar Forman to discuss his role with the Chicago Bulls moving forward as he was benched for the entirety of Saturday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"Gar and I will talk," Rondo said. "We're going to talk tonight and we'll go from there."

Rondo acknowledged that if the Bulls continue to keep him on the bench, he will speak to management about trying to find a new team.

"Absolutely," he said.

Rondo said he was "not surprised" by Hoiberg's decision to bench him in favor of Michael Carter-Williams.

"It's been a tough season for us right now," Rondo said. "It's been ups and downs. Certain buttons are being pushed. The Bulls are trying to figure things out."

Rondo signed a two-year deal with the Bulls in the offseason but only the first season is fully guaranteed. 

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Fred Hoiberg Downplays 'Hot Seat' Talk

Dec 31, 2016 1:11 PM

Fred Hoiberg has downplayed a report that he's on the hot seat as the Chicago Bulls struggle.

“Someone just mentioned something to me about that. You know, I don’t know anything about it, so I’m not going to comment on it," Hoiberg said.

"I’ve got a job to do, which is to try and put this team in a position to go out and win basketball games. Like probably 24 other coaches, I’m trying to find a way for us to go out and play consistent basketball on a nightly basis. We’ve taken some steps at times the last few games, as far as getting back to how we were playing earlier in the year to where I thought we were as good as anyone in the league as far as getting up and down the floor. We gotta find that, we gotta get back to it. So again, my job right now is to do the best job I can as far as putting the game plan together to give us a chance to win the game, and throw it all out there."

Hoiberg replaced Tom Thibodeau in 2015.

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Fred Hoiberg Under Scrutiny As Bulls Struggle

Dec 30, 2016 12:11 PM

Fred Hoiberg is under earlier-than-expected pressure with the Chicago Bulls' disappointing December play.

While John Paxson and Gar Forman haven't escaped questioning as well, the Bulls are increasingly assessing the coaching fit.

Hoiberg so far has been best protected by the fact he's owed a significant amount of money on his five-year, $25 million contract.

The Bulls are concerned with how the players have responded to Hoiberg.

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R.J. Hunter Waived By Bulls

Dec 29, 2016 12:36 PM

The Chicago Bulls have waived R.J. Hunter.

During his time with the Bulls, Hunter (6-5, 185) appeared in three games and grabbed one rebound in nine total minutes.

Hunter signed with the Bulls on Oct. 27, 2016.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14.

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John Paxson Acknowledges Bulls Need To Improve Athleticism, Three-Point Shooting

Dec 25, 2016 11:28 AM

John Paxson addressed the state of the Chicago Bulls publicly for the first time since media day.

“The area we really do need to improve is with our athleticism,” Paxson said. “That’s been evident this year. We’ve got some vets who know how to play and can score. But when you look around the league and the way the game is now, that’s an area we have to address. That is a part of the plan. We’ll try to do that obviously through the draft and free agency if we can. You always have the trade option. Right now, our roster is what it is.”

In general, Paxson acknowledged the inconsistent bench play and lack of 3-point shooting have hurt the Bulls.

“One of the things I see and Fred (Hoiberg) has talked about is we get in fourth quarters and we really stop pushing the pace and the ball stops moving. That’s been one thing that has really hurt us. It’s been a point of emphasis. We need to get on the practice floor and keep finding ways to do it. You have to find a way to move the ball and make defenses shift. And the other thing is we’ve just really gotten inconsistent play from the guys coming off our bench. Losing Doug for that period of time with a concussion really did hurt us. It messed with our rotations a bit.

“(The lack of 3-point shooting) has hurt us. There’s no question about it. We’re last in the league in 3-point shooting in a league that needs it. We acknowledged that going in that that would be an issue. We did think---and still think---that Niko and Doug have the capability of being 40 percent 3-point shooters. That’s what they need to be.”

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Nikola Mirotic Fined For Missing Bulls' Shootaround
Nikola Mirotic told team officials he simply forgot about the shootaround.

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Taj Gibson Would Prefer To Re-Sign With Bulls
Taj Gibson took somewhat of a hometown discount when he extended in 2012.

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Rajon Rondo Suspended One Game By Bulls For Conduct Detrimental To Team
Rajon Rondo will miss Monday's game against the Blazers.

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Dwyane Wade: I Definitely Had To Change My Game More Than LeBron
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Dwyane Wade: Relationships Have Become Critical Part Of Free Agency
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Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis Named NBA Players Of The Week
Jimmy 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.

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Pat Riley Regrets Not Signing Dwyane Wade To Max Contract In 2014
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year, $31.1 million deal with a player option for the second season in 2014.

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Dwyane Wade: If You're Not With Pat Riley, You're Against Him
Dwyane Wade said he has communicated "with everyone else" in the organization except Pat Riley.

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Bulls Exercise 17-18 Options On Doug McDermott, Jerian Grant, Bobby Portis
The Bulls have exercised its fourth-year option on Doug McDermott, and the third-year options on Jerian Grant and Bobby Portis.

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Dwyane Wade Fined $25,000 For Throat-Slash Gesture
Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and hit the game-clincher with 26.3 seconds left.

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Dwyane Wade 'Closes Miami Chapter' With First Bulls' Win
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R.J. Hunter Close To Deal With Bulls
R.J. Hunter was waived by the Celtics as part of their final roster cuts for the regular season.

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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
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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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