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Wolves Narrow Kevin Love Trade Talks Down To Cavaliers

The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently engaged in serious Kevin Love talks with only the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls have previously been in touch with the Wolves on a trade, but their respective offers aren't as competitive.

The Bulls are pessimistic about their chances and aren't inclined to significantly alter the construction of their team.

Andrew Wiggins is not eligible to be dealt until Aug. 23 after signing his rookie contract last week, but numerous league insiders expect a trade to be a matter of when instead of if.

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Bulls Not Aggressively Pursuing Kevin Love Deal, Have Made No Formal Offers

Sources continue to indicate that the Chicago Bulls are not aggressively pursuing a trade for Kevin Love and have made no formal offers.

The Bulls were rumored to have made an offer of Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

McDermott is participating in Team USA's mini-camp for the second straight year.

This is a great experience," McDermott said. "Being a college guy last year, I don't think people knew who I was or that I was a shooter so I was getting a lot of open looks and I hit a lot of shots. This year, guys are a lot more physical with me. But I think I'm doing a better job of rebounding and defending and making reads off screens.

"Everyone is so good here and the game is so physical. I can learn a lot from all of them."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose Wanted To Prove People Wrong 'Too Bad' In First Return

Derrick Rose admitted he wanted to prove doubters wrong in his return from a torn ACL last season. One month into the season, Rose then suffered a torn ligament in his right knee.

"Coming back last season, of course I wanted to prove everybody wrong," Rose said. "I wanted it too, too bad. This time around, I just know that I've got to let the game come to me. Go out there and just play."

Rose is participating in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas, which began on Monday.

"I've been preparing for this for a long time," he said. "It's probably big for everyone else because they haven't seen me. It's kind of weird. People are kind of like in awe to even see me run down the floor, like I'm handicapped or something.

"This is only the beginning of a long journey. But my confidence level is through the roof. I know how special I am as a player," he said. "And I know what I still can do."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Withdraws From USA Camp With Groin Injury

Jimmy Butler has withdrawn from USA Basketball training camp with a slight groin injury.

Butler is entering his fourth NBA season with the Chicago Bulls and is now eligible for a contract extension.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Thibodeau: USA Minicamp 'Next Step' In Rose's Rehab Process

Derrick Rose is participating in USA Basketball's five-day minicamp in Las Vegas as he takes the next step in his rehab process.

Rose tore his right meniscus on a seemingly benign backcut last Nov. 21.

“This is the next step,” said Tom Thibodeau. “Derrick has handled every step to this point the right way. The last time he participated in USA Basketball, he followed that with his MVP season (in 2010-11). So we’re hoping he can use this time productively.”

Rose, who also tore his left ACL in the first game of the 2012 NBA playoffs, has appeared in just 50 games over the last three NBA seasons.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Carmelo Struggled To Choose Between Knicks, Bulls

Carmelo Anthony ultimately decided between the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. Anthony added that he believes the Knicks aren't too far away from becoming a contender.

"I want to win. I don't care about the money," Anthony told ESPN.com. "I believe Phil (Jackson) will do what he has to do to take care of that."

"I don't think we're that far away," he added. "People use 'rebuilding' too loosely."

Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million deal to remain with the Knicks.

"It was overwhelming," Anthony said. "It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make."

Anthony said, though, it ultimately came down to New York and Chicago.

"I was flip-flopping," he admitted. "It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago -- and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That's a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years."

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Cavaliers Remain In Lead For Kevin Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers' offer for Kevin Love is presently higher on the Minnesota Timberwolves' wish list than any other team's. 

The Chicago Bulls are also interested in Love, while the Golden State Warriors remain involved. The Cavaliers have seemed most motivated to complete a trade, as the Warriors have held Klay Thompson out of talks and the Bulls initially pursued Carmelo Anthony in free agency.

The Cavaliers are offering Andrew Wiggins, though he now can't be traded before Aug. 23. 

Wolves' owner Glen Taylor is now believed to prefer Wiggins over Thompson.

Love initially had the Warriors and Bulls atop his wish list, but the arrival of LeBron James has put the Cavaliers on equal footing.

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Report: Bulls Offer Gibson, McDermott, Mirotic To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Chicago Bulls have reportedly offered Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.

The trade could not be completed until next month because McDermott and Mirotic just signed their rookie contracts.

The source contends that the Wolves believe this trade offer is better than the Cleveland Cavaliers' offer of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a No. 1 pick. But the Cavaliers could beat the offer by including a second future No. 1 pick.

The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics remain interested in Love as well.

Via Chris Sheridan/Sheridan Hoops

Bulls Enter Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Chicago Bulls have entered the Kevin Love trade talks with a package offered to the Minnesota Timberwolves believed to be centered around Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls shelved their interest in Love while pursuing Carmelo Anthony.

The Bulls and Golden State Warriors were intially believed to be Love's preferred destinations, but he's now interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers following their signing of LeBron James.

The Cavaliers remain the favorites to trade for Love, offering Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first round pick. The Warriors have remained determined not to trade Klay Thompson in a deal for Love.

Cleveland is increasingly optimistic that a deal will be accepted by the Wolves.

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Bulls Sign Cameron Bairstow

The Chicago Bulls have signed Cameron Bairstow, their second round pick out of New Mexico.

“We like Cameron’s combination as a player with his size, energy and physicality,” General Manager Gar Forman said in a statement.  “He is a hard worker who will only get better with time.”

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls Archives

Pau Gasol Prioritized Chance To Win Title In Picking Bulls

At the age of 34, Pau Gasol finally joined the Bulls on a three-year, $22 million deal.

Aaron Brooks Close To Deal With Bulls

Aaron Brooks played for the Rockets and Nuggets last season.

Bulls Sign Nikola Mirotic To Three-Year, $16.6M Deal

Nikola Mirotic has signed a three-year, $16.6 million deal with the Bulls.

Lakers Win Bid For Carlos Boozer

The Lakers won the bid of $3.25 million to acquire Carlos Boozer.

Bulls Use Amnesty Provision On Carlos Boozer

The Bulls have used their amnesty provision upon Carlos Boozer.

Bulls To Trade Anthony Randolph, Two 2nd Rounders To Magic To Clear Cap Space

The Bulls are trying to fit in Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic into their salary cap.

Kirk Hinrich Agrees To Re-Sign With Bulls

Kirk Hinrich is expected to sign for more than the veteran's minimum, with the Bulls having the "room exception" of $2.7 million available.

Pau Gasol Finalizing Three-Year, $22M Deal With Bulls

Pau Gasol and the Bulls are finalizing a three-year, $22 million deal.

Nikola Mirotic To Sign With Bulls On Three-Year, $17M+ Deal

Nikola Mirotic was the 23rd overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft and has been with Real Madrid since 2008.

Pau Gasol To Sign With Bulls, Boozer Most Likely To Be Amnestied

The Bulls and Lakers were unable to agree upon terms for a Pau Gasol sign-and-trade.

Pau Gasol Working Toward Agreement With Bulls

Pau Gasol had narrowed his choices to the Bulls and Spurs.

Bulls, Spurs Most Likely To Acquire Pau Gasol

The Lakers, Thunder and Knicks are almost certainly out of contention to acquire Pau Gasol.

Bulls Interested In Dwyane Wade

The future of Dwyane Wade is unclear following the departure of LeBron James.

Carmelo Anthony Not Expected To Make Decision On Friday

Carmelo Anthony is still deciding between the Knicks, Bulls and Lakers.

Carmelo Reconsidering Bulls As Option

The Bulls are internally trying to figure out how to close a deal with Carmelo Anthony.

Bulls Hope To Acquire Gasol In Sign-And-Trade For Boozer

The Bulls hope to pursue a sign-and-trade with the Lakers involving Pau Gasol and the expiring contract of Carlos Boozer.

Derrick Rose Starts Practice With Bulls' Summer League Team

Derrick Rose will not play in the summer league games.

Bulls, Thunder Considered Favorites For Pau Gasol

The Bulls and Thunder have emerged as the favorites to sign Pau Gasol.

Report: Lakers In Three-Team Race For Carmelo With Knicks, Bulls

The Lakers made a "major" impact in their meeting with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday.

Derrick Rose Was Coincidentally At United Center During Carmelo's Visit

Derrick Rose was not officially part of the Bulls' recruitment for Derrick Rose.
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