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Derrick Rose Removed From Game With Hamstring Tightness

Derrick Rose was removed at halftime of the Chicago Bulls' game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday because of left hamstring tightness.

"Just trying to be smart, back-to-back (games), fatigue, and didn't want to take any steps back," said Rose, who scored two points. "So, take these couple of days off, head to Boston."

Rose has missed four games with the hamstring injury this season.

Via Fred Mitchell/Chicago Tribune

Thibodeau: Derrick Rose Still Not Real Comfortable With Ball Yet

Derrick Rose had 18 points, five assists and three rebounds in 25 minutes in the Chicago Bulls' 97-95 win at the Utah Jazz.

Tom Thibodeau was asked after the game if Rose looked fatigued in the second half.

"Oh I don't know. Jesus. He's got to get out there and play," Thibodeau said. "I thought he did a lot of good things. You could see he's not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he's going to take off. He's got to go. That's the bottom line. He's got to go."

Rose has tried to be cautious about his future and has missed eight games overall after missing four earlier in the season because of sprained ankles.

"It's been time," Rose said. "To me, it's been time. Every injury is a setback a little bit, but as far as emotions and everything, how hard I worked, it's been consistent with how I'm feeling, being positive. And it's been a minute since I've played. This is the first one and now it's behind me and now we're on to Denver."

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Jimmy Butler Doesn't Hold Resentment Over Lack Of Contract Extension

Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls were not able to agree to a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, and this season, the swingman has averaged 20.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

Butler said he does not hold resentment with the Bulls for the lack of a new deal.

"Nah, nah," Butler said. "I love the city of Chicago. I think everybody knows that. I just feel like I've just got to help win games, man. I want a championship. The money has never been an issue because I'm from Tomball. The money I make now is more than nothing.

"I just wanted to prove to my teammates, to my coaches, to the city, that I'm here to stay."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Derrick Rose Likely Out Until At Least Next Week

Derrick Rose will sit out again on Thursday at the Sacramento Kings with a hamstring injury.

The Chicago Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season, and Rose's absence likely will extend to next week.

"When one guy is out, the next guy step in and get the job done," Tom Thibodeau said. "That’s the way it’s been. My first year here, Joakim (Noah) missed three months. So it’s just whoever is out, the next guy get in there and get it done."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose Exits Early With Hamstring Injury

Derrick Rose injured his left hamstring during the final minutes of the Chicago Bulls' 100-93 win over the Toronto Raptors.

"I guess it's cramps in my hamstrings," Rose said. "But I think it's minor, and they decided to pull me out."

Tom Thibodeau said after the game that Rose told him he was fine and that he thought he just tweaked the hamstring.

Thibodeau thought an MRI on the hamstring was likely for Friday, but Rose was hopeful he wouldn't have to have one. 

Rose could return to practice on Friday.

Rose isn't quite sure how it happened.

"I don't know, man," Rose said. "Just missing two years, now you're just going to fall for no reason I guess, man. Just trying to work every day, put in consistent work every day. And don't lose any confidence with these setbacks."

Joakim Noah is frustrated with the media's portrayl of Rose's injury issues.

"Every time something happens to [Rose], people act like it's the end of the world, and that's f---ing so lame to me," Noah said at one point.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Derrick Rose Preparing Body For Life After Basketball

Derrick Rose returned from his ankle sprain injuries on Monday night and revealed Tuesday that he is already thinking about his future beyond basketball.

"I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out or whatever, but I think a lot of people don't understand that when I sit out it's not because of this year," Rose said. "I'm thinking about long term. I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to.

"I don't want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son's graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. (I'm) just learning and being smart."

Rose has underwent two knee surgeries since 2012.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Derrick Rose Misses Third Game Of Season With Sprained Ankles

Derrick Rose will sit out the Chicago Bulls' game at the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night due to sprains in both his left and right ankles.

It will be Rose's third missed game out of six this season.

Rose scored 13 points in the Bulls' win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Ray Allen Visit To Chicago Unrelated To Bulls, Agent Says

Free agent Ray Allen is visiting Chicago this week and has been spotted on several social media platforms, but his agent Jim Tanner told RealGM on Thursday: “Nothing to do with the Bulls.”

Allen remains a free agent deciding on his NBA future after playing for the Miami Heat over the past two seasons of his 18-year career.

Allen, who has built a reputation on staying in elevated shape in the offseason, averaged 9.6 points and two rebounds for Miami last season.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

John Lucas III Receives Interest In NBA, China; Hoping For Stable Decision On Next Team

Free agent guard John Lucas III received interest from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, but declined those potential opportunities due to their short-term nature and has focused on making a more long-term decision, league sources told RealGM.

The Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies scoured the free-agent market for point guards after injury issues, and they contacted Lucas prior to deciding upon players this week. Lucas, who has been working out in Houston since his release from the Washington Wizards, also received proposals in the Chinese Basketball Association.

As a seven-year NBA veteran who carved an instant-offense role, Lucas had his most successful and potent stretch in 49 games for the Chicago Bulls in the 2011-12 season. Long considered a respected teammate in the locker room and prepared on the court, Lucas had four 20-point efforts that season — including a 24-point game in March 2012 against the Miami Heat.

Lucas is believed to be hoping to ultimately return to the Bulls on a deal later this season, league sources told RealGM. Chicago currently has 14 players on the roster.

“John has received interest from different teams, but to say he has declined any formal offers would be inaccurate,” Lucas’ agent, Bernie Lee, said when reached on Wednesday. “John is in a situation, after a crazy summer, of trying to make the right decision versus any decision, but he is willing to prove himself as requested. John owes a tremendous amount of his value in the NBA to the opportunity Chicago's front office gave him there initially. Over time, it's become clear that Gar Forman has a unique ability to find value in obscure places: He signed John out of China, and he might be the best in the NBA at this. In some ways John was at the beginning of this.

“I have not had a single conversation with Gar about John since John left. The different situations just haven't lined up. Gar has found various ways to replace the role John left, including this year, and John has been under contract since leaving. I do have every belief that John will resume his NBA career soon, but to date the only opportunities John has declined have been lucrative money offers with Jilin in China earlier in the year and Fujian on Wednesday.”

Lucas, 31, has spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, signing multi-year NBA deals in 2012 and 2013. The 5-foot-11 product has scored 4.8 points and registered 1.4 assists per game in his career, and averaged 3.8 points and one assist in 42 appearances for Utah a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Butler Expected To Have Edge In Free Agency With Dearth Of Quality SGs

Jimmy Butler rejected the Chicago Bulls' final offer on a contract extension and will become a restricted free agent this offseason.

Butler could have an edge in negotiations due to the dearth of quality shooting guards.

‘‘It’s a great question, and you go through different stretches,’’ Tom Thibodeau said when he was asked Tuesday about the talent at the position. ‘‘There was a stretch where everyone was saying, ‘Where are the point guards?’ And now there are a ton of point guards. Now you have more skilled bigs, so you don’t have as many true centers. I think it goes in cycles.

‘‘There are a lot of good basketball players. You might have a small who is good at posting up. You might have a big who can really shoot the three. When you add pieces like that, it makes your offense a lot different, particularly with the passing.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls Archives

Jimmy Butler: 'I'm Going To Be In Chicago'

Jimmy Butler remains convinced he will remain with the Bulls.

Jimmy Butler Rejects 'Hometown Discount' Offer From Bulls

Jimmy Butler rejected the Bulls' final contract extension offer on Friday and will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015.

Gasol: Picking Bulls Over Spurs, Thunder Was Most Difficult Decision Of My Life

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' opener against the Knicks.

Rose: I Don't Like To Say Too Much About My Haters

Derrick Rose had 13 points and five assists in 21 minutes during the Bulls' convincing 104-80 win over the Knicks.

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Unlikely To Agree Upon Extension

Jimmy Butler would become a restricted free agent in 2015.

Jimmy Butler Out 2-4 Weeks With Thumb Sprain

Jimmy Butler will miss two to four weeks with a thumb sprain.

Bulls Exercise Third-Year Option On Tony Snell

The Bulls have exercised the third-year option for the 2015-16 season for Tony Snell.

Noah's Surgically Repaired Left Knee Has 'Ways To Go'

A source in Joakim Noah's camp said that, “Jo’s knee is going to be an issue all season long.’’

Jimmy Butler Out With Sprained Ligaments In Thumb

Jimmy Butler will not practice this week and will not play in the Bulls' final preseason game against the Timberwolves.

Bulls Waive Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, Solomon Jones

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Bulls Undecided Between Dunleavy, McDermott For Starting SF

Mike Dunleavy Jr. has filled a reserve and starting role in his two seasons with the Bulls.

Derrick Rose 'Numb' To Thibodeau's Quest For Perfection

Derrick Rose isn't upset with Tom Thibodeau's criticism of the Bulls, but he also doesn't agree with it.

Thibodeau Wants Bulls To Get Into Mind-Set Like Spurs

Tom Thibodeau singled out Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

Pau Gasol, Bulls Believe He Can Thrive Defensively In Thibodeau's System

The Bulls won't have Pau Gasol guarding "stretch four" forwards on the perimeter and will allow him to use his length to defend the rim

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Moving In Right Direction On Extension Talks

Jimmy Butler's representatives and the Bulls have started discussions on a possible contract extension.

Bulls Sign Solomon Jones To One-Year, Vet Minimum Deal

The Bulls have signed free agent center Solomon Jones to a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, a league source told RealGM.

Bulls Re-Sign Nazr Mohammed

Nazr Mohammed saw action in 80 games (one start) and averaged 1.6 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 7.0 mpg last season.

Ray Allen Still Undecided On Playing Future; Wizards Among Teams 'Periodically' Reaching Out

The Wizards are "periodically" checking in on Ray Allen.

Sources: Taj Gibson Not Too Thrilled To Continue Being Backup Forward

Taj Gibson privately isn't too thrilled about the prospect of continuing to be a reserve forward, according to sources.
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