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Joakim Noah Telling Teammates He's Leaving Bulls, Doesn't Trust Front Office

May 25, 2016 1:23 PM

Joakim Noah has begun to tell his Chicago Bulls' teammates he plans on signing elsewhere in free agency.

Noah allegedly said he “has no trust in the front office getting this in the right direction.’’

There appears to be a complete mistrust multiple players have towards Gar Forman.

Tom Thibodeau was always able to shield the players from the front office, having them buy into the idea that it was “us against them.’’ The wall became blurry when the Bulls hired Fred Hoiberg.

Noah had a difficult season that included injury.

“[Noah] represents a lot of things that we believe in,’’ VP of basketball operations John Paxson said in mid-April about re-signing Noah. “So we have an affinity for Jo. But we’ve got to talk, we’ve got to see where it goes.’’

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Jimmy Butler To Represent Bulls At Lottery

May 11, 2016 12:08 PM

Jimmy Butler will represent the Chicago Bulls at the lottery.

The Bulls are in the draft lottery for the first time since 2008, when they overcame 1.7 percent odds to land Derrick Rose.

Butler has been linked to trade rumors with a discord between he and the organization.

Butler reportedly had a strong exit meeting with Fred Hoiberg.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA

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Nuggets, Bulls, Celtics Inquired About Blake Griffin

May 1, 2016 5:17 PM

The Denver Nuggets were perhaps the team who advanced furthest with the Los Angeles Clippers in exploring a trade for Blake Griffin before the trade deadline.

The offer of the Nuggets and what the Clippers were seeking for Griffin were not close and talks gained no traction.

The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics also inquired with the Clippers on Griffin.

Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Blake Griffin, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Won't Rule Out Trading Jimmy Butler

Apr 14, 2016 11:11 AM

Gar Forman and John Paxson made clear that nobody on the Chicago Bulls' roster will be untouchable this offseason.

"We have to explore all options. With that said, Jimmy has had a fantastic year," said Paxson.

Paxson also admitted Butler and Derrick Rose didn't mesh together on a consistent basis.

Butler had an All-Star season and questioned how hard Fred Hoiberg was coaching the Bulls, comments that stuck with both parties the rest of the season.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Retain Fred Hoiberg, Gar Forman, John Paxson

Apr 14, 2016 12:34 AM

The Chicago Bulls will retain Gar Forman as general manager and Fred Hoiberg as head coach despite missing the playoffs.

"Gar and I are accountable for what this team did this year," executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. "We don't run away from it. We accept it. That's on us."

Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement backing his management team and thanking fans for sticking with a team that "fell far short of our expectations."

Reinsdorf vowed to be "strategic and aggressive" in improving the team, promising the "resources needed."

K.C Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Rose: I Love The Way I Played This Season

Apr 11, 2016 4:22 PM

After playing in just 61 games over three seasons combined, Derrick Rose played in 66 games this season.

Rose overcame a slow start due to vision issues following surgery to repair a left orbital fracture to average 16.4 points and 4.7 assists on 42.7 percent shooting.

"I love the way I played this season," Rose said.

Rose said he believes the Chicago Bulls still have enough talent to win a championship despite missing the playoffs this season.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA

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Bulls Find Keeper In Cristiano Felicio

Apr 11, 2016 12:48 AM

The Chicago Bulls have been encouraged by the emergence of Cristiano Felicio this season.

The Bulls own Felicio's rights at just $874,636 next season.

Fred Hoiberg said Felicio will work out with the Bulls this summer, but he could miss summer league because of a national team commitment as Brazil hosts the Olympics.

"I just try to bring energy and a defensive mindset," Felicio said.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Cristiano Felicio, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Butler Skips Bulls' Flight To New Orleans

Apr 10, 2016 10:56 PM

Jimmy Butler did not fly with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday to New Orleans ahead of their game on Monday.

Butler had a family commitment and would fly to New Orleans later on Sunday and he plans on playing against the Pelicans.

"It's the first time he hasn't flown with the team,'' one source said. "But he will play tomorrow for sure.''

Butler's agent, Happy Walters, said he was unaware that his client was not on the team plane.

"Maybe he had stuff to take care of,'' Walters said. "Whatever he's doing, he'll be at the game.''

The Bulls have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

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Fred Hoiberg Not Sure If He'd Coach Bulls Harder Next Season

Apr 9, 2016 7:17 PM

Fred Hoiberg talked about how comments from Jimmy Butler about how hard he coaches the team took on a life of their own on whether the players respond to him.

Butler said in mid-December that Hoiberg needed to coach the Bulls a lot harder.

"When I go back and look at different segments of the season, you know, we got off to a pretty solid start with this thing," said Hoiberg. Then some things happened. I think most of the that comes from the one comment that was made after the New York game by Jimmy. We have had some pretty heated moments with our group, in the locker roo, in film session.

"Would I change it? Would I be more vocal, more direct? Maybe. We’ll evaluate that when we go into the offseason."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Bulls Would Prefer To Re-Sign Joakim Noah Over Pau Gasol
Joakim Noah remains invested enough in the team to question Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose for their silence at the April 3 team meeting.

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Jobs Of Bulls' Front Office Likely Tied To Success Or Failure Of Fred Hoiberg
Fred Hoiberg still has $20 million remaining on his contract with the Bulls.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bulls No Longer Sure Pau Gasol 'Part Of Core'
The Bulls are softening their public stance that Pau Gasol "is part of the core."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Doesn't Plan On Leaving Bulls, Proud To Be Part Of Franchise
Fred Hoiberg called speculation that Jimmy Butler trade talk emanates from a damaged relationship between him and Butler "completely false."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Taj Gibson Out Indefinitely With Fractured Rib
Taj Gibson believes "without a doubt" he'll play again this season.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Celtics, Other Teams Called Bulls On Jimmy Butler At Deadline
Several teams are expected to try again on trading for Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Jimmy Butler May Need Offseason Knee Surgery
Jimmy Butler hasn't been playing nearly as well since injuring the knee on Feb. 5.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Jimmy Butler Has 'No Issues' In Left Knee After Getting 2nd Opinion
Jimmy Butler experienced swelling in his knee after returning to game action on Saturday.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Jimmy Butler Seeks 2nd Opinion On Knee From Dr. James Andrews
The Bulls said the latest exam from their own team physician, Brian Cole, revealed nothing structurally wrong with the knee.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Has Swelling In Knee One Game Into Return
Jimmy Butler returned to action on Saturday after a month-long absence.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Pau Gasol Prefers To Re-Sign With Bulls
Pau Gasol says he will opt for free agency this offseason but the Bulls remain his preferred option.

Derrick Rose: I Just Feel Like I'm Back
Derrick Rose has averaged 19.2 points per game since the start of 2016.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Kobe Bryant Talks About Two Times He Could Have Joined Bulls
Kobe Bryant said he "very much" thought he had a chance of joining the Bulls in 2004 as a free agent.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Clippers Talked C.J. Wilcox For Tony Snell, Wilcox For Shabazz Napier Trades
The Clippers discussed a trade of CJ Wilcox in multiple scenarios.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Bulls View Pau Gasol As 'Part Of Core'
Pau Gasol is likely to elect for free agency in the offseason.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Kirk Hinrich Traded By Bulls To Hawks For 2nd Round Pick
The Bulls have traded Kirk Hinrich to the Hawks for a second round pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Bulls, Magic Discussing Shabazz Napier Trade
The Magic acquired Shabazz Napier from the Heat last year.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kings, Bulls Discussing Pau Gasol Trade
The Kings would acquire Pau Gasol and Tony Snell from the Bulls for Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and the lowering of lottery protections on a pick owed by Sacramento to Chicago.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Pau Gasol Interested In Signing Extension With Bulls
Pau Gasol is expected to decline his $7.4 million contract option for the 16-17 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bulls Aggressively Shopping Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol is expected to decline the player option on the $7.4 million owed him in 2016-17.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical