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Ties Broken For 2014 NBA Draft Selection Order

The NBA broke five ties for teams with identical records to help determine the selection order for the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Utah Jazz won a tiebreaker over the Boston Celtics.

The Brooklyn Nets won a tiebreaker the Washington Wizards. The Celtics will receive the pick from the Nets, while the Phoenix Suns receive the Wizards' pick.

The Chicago Bulls on a tiebreaker over the Toronto Raptors.

The Portland Trail Blazers won a tiebreaker with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets. The Rockets then won a tiebreaker with the Heat.

Milwaukee 15-67 (.183) // 250
Philadelphia 19-63 (.232) // 199
Orlando 23-59 (.280) // 156
Utah 25-57 (.305) // 104
Boston 25-57 (.305) // 103
LA Lakers 27-55 (.329) // 63
Sacramento 28-54 (.341) // 43
Detroit (1) 29-53 (.354) // 28
Cleveland 33-49 (.402) // 17
New Orleans (2) 34-48 (.415) // 11
Denver (3) 36-46 (.439) // 8
New York (To Denver or to Orlando via Denver) 37-45 (.451) // 7
Minnesota (4) 40-42 (.488) // 6
Phoenix 48-34 (.585) // 5

The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:
15. Atlanta 38-44 (.463)
16. Charlotte (To Chicago) 43-39 (.524)
17. Brooklyn (To Boston) 44-38 (.537)
18. Washington (To Phoenix) 44-38 (.537)
19. Chicago 48-34 (.585)
20. Toronto 48-34 (.585)
21. Dallas (To Oklahoma City via Houston and LA Lakers) 49-33 (.598)
22. Memphis 50-32 (.610)
23. Golden State (To Utah) 51-31 (.622)
24. Portland (To Charlotte) 54-28 (.659)
25. Houston 54-28 (.659)
26. Miami 54-28 (.659)
27. Indiana (To Phoenix) 56-26 (.683)
28. LA Clippers 57-25 (.695)
29. Oklahoma City 59-23 (.720)
30. San Antonio 62-20 (.756)

2014 Second Round Draft Choice Order
31. Milwaukee
32. Philadelphia
33. Orlando (To Cleveland)
34/35. Boston (To Dallas)
34/35. Utah
36. LA Lakers (To Milwaukee via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37. Sacramento (To Toronto)
38. Detroit
39. Cleveland (To Philadelphia)
40. New Orleans (To Minnesota)
41. Denver
42. New York (To Houston)
43. Atlanta
44. Minnesota
45. Charlotte
46. Washington
47. Brooklyn (To Philadelphia via Dallas and Boston)
48. Toronto (To Milwaukee via Phoenix)
49. Chicago
50. Phoenix
51. Dallas
52. Memphis (To Philadelphia via Cleveland)
53. Golden State (To Minnesota)
54. Houston (To Philadelphia via Milwaukee)
55. Miami
56. Portland (To Denver)
57. Indiana
58. LA Clippers (To San Antonio via New Orleans)
59. Oklahoma City (To Toronto via New York)
60. San Antonio

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Forman: Derrick Rose Won't Return For Postseason

Derrick Rose tore his meniscus early in the season and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Gar Forman, general manager of the Chicago Bulls, reiterated on Thursday that Rose is out for the season and has been ruled out of the postseason.

There had been reports, albeit from less than reputable sources, that Rose could return to the postseason.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

LeBron, Durant, Kobe, Rose, Curry Have NBA's Best-Selling Jerseys

LeBron James has the NBA's best-selling jersey, beating out Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry.

Bryant and Rose played in just 16 combined games.

James has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the NBA.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

Bulls Tried To Bring Kurt Thomas Out Of Retirement

The Chicago Bulls attempted to sign Kurt Thomas earlier this month before signing Lou Amundson and Greg Smith.

Thomas is now 41 and has not played since last season, considering himself retired.

Thomas played for nine teams in his 18 seasons as a pro after leading the nation in scoring and rebounding at TCU in 1994-95.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Bulls Sign Greg Smith Through Next Season, Waive Tornike Shengelia

The Chicago Bulls signed free agent Greg Smith to a contract for the remainder of the season and fully guaranteed for next season, a league source told RealGM.

For the Bulls, the signing represents a wise and proactive investment in Smith, a 6-foot-10 center capable of serving as a contributing reserve on a championship caliber team. Despite his season-ending knee injury, Smith was expected to be a valued player in free agency, and only became available when the Houston Rockets released him and he cleared waivers.

Smith, 23, has averaged 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 89 career games over three NBA seasons.

To create room on the roster, the Bulls released Tornike Shengelia.

Shengelia (6-9, 220), was acquired from Brooklyn in exchange for guard Marquis Teague on January 21.  He appeared in nine games for the Bulls and averaged 0.4 ppg and 0.2 rpg in 1.9 mpg. In his NBA career, Shengelia has appeared in 45 games and averaged 1.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg and 0.4 apg in 5.5 mpg, while shooting .451 from the field.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Anthony Praises Thibodeau's Coaching, Compares System To Popovich

Carmelo Anthony has reportedly inquired a Chicago Bulls' player about what it is like to play for Tom Thibodeau, and the New York Knicks' star praised Thibodeau ahead of Sunday's matchup.

Anthony was asked how the Bulls are consistently competitive despite losing key players in Derrick Rose and Luol Deng.

“I have no clue. Thibs is a great coach, his system kind of reminds me of Gregg Popovich’s system," Anthony said.

“You put anybody in that system and it’s going to work. That’s what they’ve been doing. They’ve had guys sitting out all season long, guys that’s been in and out of the lineups and they seem to get it done.”

The Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be potential suitors for Anthony, who has said he hopes to remain with the Knicks.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Bulls To Sign Lou Amundson For Remainder Of Season

The Chicago Bulls will sign Lou Amundson to a contract on Thursday for the remainder of the season, sources tell RealGM.

Amundson was on the New Orleans Pelicans for several weeks early in the season, averaging 2.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.2 minutes in 18 games.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Carlos Boozer Tunes Out Possibility Of Being Amnestied By Bulls

Carlos Boozer reiterated that he has tuned out discussion of the Chicago Bulls likely using the amnesty clause on him in the offseason for salary relief.

"I'm not worried about that," Boozer said. "I'm just focused on what's in front of me. All that stuff will take care of itself in the summertime."

Boozer has played exactly 24 minutes -- the entire first and third quarter -- for nine straight games, a revolving role he called "challenging."

"I've just adjusted," Boozer said. "I'm doing whatever I can to help my team in the minutes I'm out there. I'm being a team player. It's all about winning. You make sacrifices for the betterment of the group. That's what we're all doing.

"Each night, there are different challenges depending on matchups and how often you touch the ball because that varies. But the intensity is always there. The passion is always there. Playing hard to win is always there. The numbers may vary, but the winning part is always there."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls Archives

Mike James To Sign With Bulls For Remainder Of Season

Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January.

Joakim Noah To Sit Out World Cup Of Basketball

Joakim Noah sat out the 2012 Olympics due to plantar fasciitis.

Bulls Sign Ronnie Brewer For Remainder Of Season

Ronnie Brewer appeared in 23 games earlier this season with the Rockets.

Jazz Claim Erik Murphy Off Waivers, Release Andris Biedrins

Erik Murphy was waived by Chicago on April 3 after appearing in 24 games for the Bulls, averaging 2.6 minutes per contest.

Report: Bulls, Warriors Discussed Jimmy Butler For Harrison Barnes Deal Before Deadline

It is reportedly unclear which team said no to the reported Jimmy Butler-for-Harrison Barnes swap.

Pau Gasol Will Factor Winning Over Money; Bulls, Cavs, Bobcats, Grizzlies Expected To Pursue

The Bulls, Cavaliers, Bobcats and Grizzlies are expected to be potential options for Pau Gasol, according to a poll of NBA executives.

Bulls Waive Erik Murphy; Discuss Signing Ronnie Brewer, Mike James

The Bulls have held discussions about signing Ronnie Brewer and Mike James, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Kirk Hinrich Reiterates Desire To Re-Sign With Bulls

Kirk Hinrich will base his free agency decision as much -- if not more so -- on fit as much as financial reasons.

Source: Kevin Love Likes Idea Of Playing In LA, New York, Chicago

Kevin Love can become a free agent in 2015.

Tom Thibodeau Reiterates Derrick Rose Will Miss Entire Season

Tom Thibodeau reiterated on Monday that Derrick Rose will miss the Bulls' entire season after suffering a torn meniscus in late November.

Bulls Support Derrick Rose's Participation In Summer With Team USA

Derrick Rose was part of the 2010 World Championship team.

Bulls, Rockets Emerge As Carmelo's Options If He Decides To Leave Knicks

The Bulls have an easier path to sign Carmelo Anthony to a contract, but the Rockets believe they can also shed enough contracts.

Fredette Believes He Has Ideal Opportunity With Bulls

Jimmer Fredette is averaging just 4.3 minutes per game in his four appearances with the Bulls.

RealGM Radio: Leroux Talks Bulls With Brian Schroeder

Danie Leroux and Brian Schroeder discuss the surprising Bulls' season, Joakim Noah's place on the MVP ballot, the playoff race, the potentially intertwined futures of Noah and Tom Thibodeau, and other NBA topics.

Popovich: Noah Won't Win MVP, 'But He's Pretty Damn Valuable'

Gregg Popovich praised Joakim Noah's MVP candidacy.

Carmelo Denies Report Of Recruitment Talk With Noah

Carmelo Anthony denied a report that he discussed joining the Bulls with Joakim Noah during All-Star Weekend.

Bulls' Offense Evolving Running Through Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah has become one of the NBA's best passing big men and he's also improved his play in the pick-and-roll.

Noah Gave Carmelo Recruiting Pitch At All-Star Weekend

Sources say that it would be difficult for Carmelo Anthony to leave New York while also taking less money.

Jimmy Butler Delivering Improved All-Around Game For Bulls

Jimmy Butler entered Monday having averaged 15.3 points on 52.5 percent shooting, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 blocks over his previous six games.

Jazz Never Seriously Considered Pursuing Fredette

Jimmer Fredette played college ball at BYU, but the Utah Jazz never seriously considered pursuing him.
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