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Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez Each Suspended One Game

Mar 22, 2017 5:26 PM

Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation, it was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire has been fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and acting as other than a peacemaker as part of the same altercation.

The incident, for which Ibaka and Lopez were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game, occurred with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter of the Raptors’ 122-120 overtime win over the Bulls at Air Canada Centre on March 21.

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Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka Ejected After Exchanging Punches

Mar 21, 2017 11:16 PM

Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka were ejected from Tuesday's game after exchanging punches.

Ibaka snached a rebound away from Lopez and elbowed the back of Lopez. Lopez responded by swiping at the ball. Ibaka shoved Lopez and then Lopez threw a punch at Ibaka that missed. Ibaka then retaliated with a punch of his own that grazed Lopez's head.

Ibaka and Lopez continued to go at each other, which led to several other players and assistant coaches from each bench joining the fray.

The two players continued to lob harsh words at each other and were separated by teammates.

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Jerry Krause Passes Away At 77

Mar 21, 2017 2:38 PM

Jerry Krause has passed away at the age of 77.

Krause was the longtime general manager of the Chicago Bulls when they won six titles in the 1990s.

Krause replaced Rod Thorn as GM of the Bulls in 1985 after the rookie season of Michael Jordan.

Krause retired in 2003 from the Bulls and then worked in baseball.

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Dwyane Wade Out For Regular Season With Fracture In Elbow

Mar 16, 2017 12:50 PM

Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the regular season with a small fracture in his elbow.

Wade signed a two-year, $47.5 million contract with the Chicago Bulls in the 2016 offseason. Wade has a player option for 17-18.

Wade averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 30.2 minutes per game with the Bulls. 

Wade's PER of 19.1 was his lowest since his rookie season.

"It took me awhile to really get comfortable in these new surroundings. But then I thought I played the way I wanted to," said Wade to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

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Dwyane Wade May Opt Out Of $23.8M 17-18 Contract With Bulls

Mar 15, 2017 12:59 AM

Dwyane Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season with the Chicago Bulls worth $23.8 million.

Rival executives, however, "believe it's reasonable to expect Wade may want out" due to the Bulls' struggles and dysfunction this season.

Wade and Jimmy Butler have been critical of their teammates this season.

Wade, Butler and Rajon Rondo have all ignored play calls from Fred Hoiberg this season.

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Bulls Haven't Ruled Out Bringing Back Rajon Rondo For 17-18

Mar 15, 2017 12:52 AM

The Chicago Bulls haven't ruled out bringing Rajon Rondo back next season despite his poor fit and the team's dysfunction.

The Bulls only owe Rondo $3 million of his 17-18 salary if they decide to not pick up their team option.

Rondo signed a two-year, $28 million deal with the Bulls and is owed approximately $14 million in Year 2.

The Bulls haven't waived Rondo because they could presumably trade his partially guaranteed contract at the draft.

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Rajon Rondo 'Looking For A Straightforward Coach' In Next Stop

Mar 14, 2017 2:51 PM

Rajon Rondo's experience with the Chicago Bulls has not been successful and he's often been blamed internally and in the media for their struggles.

“It’s different, it’s part of, it’s part of life,” Rondo said of his Chicago experience. “I thought it would be different, a lot different. Now it is what it is.”

The players have no idea of the direction of Chicago's management.

“You can control what you can control. That’s what I tell my [younger teammates]. I’m going through it 11 years but they’re going through it their second or third year, so I try to be the example for those guys and stay professional. My young point guards and my young bigs are going through it here. But I think that’s what I’m here for, to try to help them out.”

Rondo has had disappointing experiences with the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Bulls.

“My perspective on things [has changed], I would love to be part of a winning tradition or winning culture,” he said. “I thought I was going to get that here. The people up top are going in a different direction as far as experimenting. It [stinks] when you have the opportunity to make the playoffs and they want to go a different route.

“I’m looking for a straightforward coach. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most, sitting down with a coach. I want to develop a relationship and see what his goals are.”

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Bulls Remove Nikola Mirotic From Rotation

Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM

Nikola Mirotic has been removed from the Chicago Bulls' rotation by Fred Hoiberg. Mirotic will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

"He told me that I'm out of the rotation," said Mirotic, who hasn't played in two games and was inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Celtics. "That I need to stay ready, but he didn't give me any expectation that I would [or] when I can play. Just 'stay ready.'

"I know that I'm ready. I know I can help those guys. Of course I've been inconsistent, not just me, all the team up and down -- but to be in this kind of situation, out of the rotation, doesn't make sense for me."

After a strong March in his rookie season, Mirotic was thought to be one of the best young players in the league.

Mirotic admitted it is difficult to stay positive in his situation.

"It's a very good question," Mirotic said. "It is hard. It is very hard. There's not too many things I can do right now. It looks like it's not up to me. It's up to Coach. I've always been a good teammate, always [been] professional, so I'm going to stay in that way. Do my work and wait."

The Bulls were seeking a first round pick for Mirotic at the deadline.

Mirotic was asked if he wished the Bulls would have just moved him at the deadline. He paused several moments before saying, "No."

"I came to Chicago because I wanted to play here," Mirotic said. "They drafted me, they did everything they were supposed to do, they waited for me. And for me it was like another opportunity after the [deadline]. I really was focused, working hard on myself, being the first guy in the weight room, working some extra shots. Doing everything I was supposed to do to be ready. I was feeling much better on the floor, but they made the decision they've made. It's been hard."

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Bulls Sought First Round Pick For Nikola Mirotic At Deadline

Mar 9, 2017 10:45 AM

The Chicago Bulls had several serious discussions at the trade deadline involving Nikola Mirotic.

Mirotic will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

The Bulls were seeking a first round pick in exchange for Mirotic.

Mirotic's PER has dropped from 17.9 as a rookie to 15.7 last season and 12.6 this season.

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Cameron Payne 'Wants To Be The Guy For The Bulls' Future'

Mar 9, 2017 10:39 AM

Cameron Payne treated his trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Chicago Bulls as an opportunity.

“It’s going to take time, but I want to be the guy for the Bulls’ future,” Payne recently told The Vertical. “I felt like OKC wanted something else, and I’m happy that Chicago felt the need to come trade for me. With what they gave up to get me, it meant a lot. The role that they want me to play … it’s tough. We’re in the middle of the season, and I got to learn a lot in such a short time period.

“I’m trying to pick up as much as I can. It’s a different style of game play, a totally different group of guys. It took me a year to get to know those guys in OKC, and now I have a month and a half.”

The Bulls have given opportunities to Rajon Rondo, Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams since moving on from Derrick Rose.

“When I was in OKC, I knew I would be playing behind Russell (Westbrook) as long as we were there,” Payne told The Vertical. “I was with a veteran guy who’s in his prime, playing unbelievable, and I get to watch and see it right through my eyes. That was a learning experience where I just wanted to learn from him. I take everything he taught me, everything I learned, and I get to use it now.

“Seeing the floor, knowing time and score and when to get off a shot and when you can’t. Knowing that coming late in the game, how every possession is important. I need to get better at all of that. Russ comes in every day in practice and approaches it as a game. I take that as a great example to abide by.”

Payne has two seasons remaining on his contract.

Bulls management said it targeted Payne, who went 14th overall in 2015, in the draft.

“I feel it’s a blessing in disguise, leaving and coming to Chicago,” Payne told The Vertical. “I’m super excited to get an opportunity to play. I want to attack this, and get better and do my best when I get out on the court.”

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Anthony Morrow Will Stop Wearing Derrick Rose's No. 1 After Criticism From Fans
Anthony Morrow and Michael Carter-Williams each briefly wore No. 1 this season with the Bulls.

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Bulls Won't Buyout Rajon Rondo, View Him As Trade Piece In June
With Rondo on a partially guaranteed deal for the 17-18 season, the Bulls view Rajon Rondo as an attractive trade chip in June.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Acquire Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson From Bulls For Cameron Payne
Taj Gibson will be a free agent in the offseason.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Bulls, Thunder Discussing Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson, Andre Roberson, Cameron Payne
The Bulls have interest in Cameron Payne.

Marc Stein, Royce Young/ESPN

Thunder Targeting Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

76ers Call Bulls On Availability Of Jimmy Butler
Like the Celtics, the 76ers are capable of putting together an enticing package for Jimmy Butler with their combination of young players and future draft pick assets.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Being Run From Business-First Perspective
While winning a title remains a priority, it takes a back seat to the Bulls' financial health.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls Pursue Trade With 76ers For Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor has been on the trading block by the 76ers for several weeks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavaliers, Knicks, Bulls Interested In Trading For Patrick Beverley
Patrick Beverley would like to remain with the Rockets.

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Jae Crowder Believed To Be Sticking Point In Boston's Talks With Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Celtics and Bulls continue to discuss a Jimmy Butler trade.

David Aldridge/NBA.com (via Brian Robb/CelticsHub)

Bulls Aggressively Shopping Nikola Mirotic
The Clippers are one possible destination for Nikola Mirotic.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Expects To Remain With Bulls Through Deadline
The Bulls and Celtics haven't held substantive talks about Jimmy Butler since June.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
The possibility of the Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

RealGM Radio: Chris Herring On The Knicks, Bulls And More
Host Danny Leroux and Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight discuss the Knicks, Bulls and the NBA as a whole.

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Bulls Interested In Trading For Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor is in his second season out of Duke and is a native of Chicago.

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Bulls Concerned By Front Office 'Spying' In Locker Room
There is a belief that the Bulls like to gather as much ammunition as possible on players so they can win the press conference when the players leave the team.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls Threatened To Cut Jimmy Butler's Minutes If He Didn't Sign Extension In 2014
Tom Thibodeau refused to follow through with the Bulls' threat and Jimmy Butler emerged as the Most Improved Player in the NBA.

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Younger Bulls' Players Would Like Dwyane Wade To Practice More
Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler began Chicago's 100-88 loss to Miami on the bench as punishment for their comments.

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