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Celtics, Bulls Engage In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Feb 19, 2017 2:09 PM

The possibility of the Boston Celtics trading for Jimmy Butler will loom over the trade deadline. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics and Chicago Bulls have held talks.

"These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade," said Wojnarowski. "They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be some alignment within the Bulls' organization, from ownership to management that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

"These are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years, for a couple of seasons, trying to get in a position to get a star player. The fact that the Celtics have a swap with Brooklyn this year that could potentially be a top-3 pick and they have Brooklyn's pick outright next year. Either of those picks, I don't think Chicago can get both of them, but that is the beginning point of a deal for the Bulls for Jimmy Butler."

The Celtics and Bulls also discussed a Butler trade at last year's draft.

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Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George

Feb 18, 2017 7:12 PM

The Boston Celtics are active in trade talks leading to the deadline as either a main participant or facilitator. 

To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets.

“Danny’s let it be known that he’s willing to talk about the Nets’ picks,” said one league executive. “But you want one of those guys, you have to be willing to give up a star.”

Boston are reluctant to make any move that could take away their chances of operating with cap space in free agency this offseason. Ainge, however, would likely trade for a player such as Jimmy Butler or Paul George should either player become available.

The Celtics don't mind their position near the top of the Eastern Conference.

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RealGM Radio: Chris Herring On The Knicks, Bulls And More

Feb 15, 2017 1:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight (@Herring_NBA) discuss the Knicks, Bulls and the NBA as a whole.

They discuss the Charles Oakley drama and the Knicks’ overall situation; this unusual Bulls season (21:20); the next generation of stars and how the new CBA could affect them (41:24); the teams they enjoy watching (1:06:15); and their choices for MVP as of now (1:18:55).

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Bulls Interested In Trading For Jahlil Okafor

Feb 3, 2017 3:54 PM

The Chicago Bulls have interest in trading with the Philadelphia 76ers for Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor is in his second season out of Duke and is a native of Chicago.

Okafor has been on the trading block as the 76ers have surged with the play of Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel manning the middle.

At this point, there has been more interest from the Bulls than the 76ers on a trade.

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Bulls Concerned By Front Office 'Spying' In Locker Room

Feb 1, 2017 3:11 PM

Jimmy Butler and several other members of the Chicago Bulls have issues with the "spying" that goes on in the locker room.

Butler has warned new players that if they didn't want Gar Forman to hear their criticism, don't talk in front of certain assistant coaches like Randy Brown.

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.

“They did it with Lu [Luol Deng], they did it with Jo [Noah] and Derrick [Rose],’’ a source said. “That’s how they operate.’’

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Bulls Threatened To Cut Jimmy Butler's Minutes If He Didn't Sign Extension In 2014

Feb 1, 2017 11:28 AM

When Jimmy Butler was eligible for a contract extension in 2014, the Chicago Bulls made him a low offer and threatened to cut his playing time if he didn't accept it. 

"Jimmy Butler after his third year, scored about 13 points a game," said Russillo. "He's going to hit, right? Wow. What a great draft pick. This front office has donn a good job here, but he's not a star, so as a restricted free agent we'll offer you an extension. They offered him four years about $44 million, in the forties, pretty good money.

"The way restricted free agency works is you know if you can get there, another team is going to offer you way more than you're probably worth because they don't want the other team to match it.

"So Butler is like, 'look that's a nice offer but I'm not taking it.'

"And then Klay Thompson gets four for $70 million. And if you remember, at the time, people were going 'man, you have to max Klay Thompson?' Because Klay Thompson then, is not who Klay Thompson is today.

"So Butler's like 'I'm going to get my money.'

"And the way I was told the story is that it wasn't the coaching staff, it was someone in the front office went to Jimmy Butler and said 'if you don't sign this extension, we're going to play Tony Snell over you. We are going to give you his minutes and that's going to drop your minutes and numbers down.'

"'And Butler's like, 'are you kidding me? Tony Snell? This dude I killed in practice. That's what you're going to do? You're going to try to depress my market by playing a lesser player more than me?'

Tom Thibodeau refused to follow through with the Bulls' threat and Butler emerged as the Most Improved Player in the NBA. Butler went on to sign a five-year, $95 million contract as a restricted free agent.

"Butler doesn't trust the front office because he feels like they were going to do this to him. And that's why there's always this animosity and that's why his name, even though I could never truly figure out where he's connected other than maybe the Boston rumor or the Minnesota rumor going back to last summer's draft."

Butler shared his mistrust of the Bulls with Dwyane Wade and that has spilled over to Fred Hoiberg as well.

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Younger Bulls' Players Would Like Dwyane Wade To Practice More

Jan 28, 2017 10:56 PM

Younger players on the Chicago Bulls want to see more of Dwyane Wade on the practice floor.

Taj Gibson said the issue came up during Friday's team meeting, which was called in the wake of critical comments made by Wade and Jimmy Butler following Wednesday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

"That's one of the things in the meeting: Young guys just want a little bit more from him," Gibson said, noting that Wade practiced Saturday. "And he brung it today. He pushed the young guys. And that's a sign that that meeting did a little something.

"It's all about positive. We're not trying to have any negative aspects, anything like that. We got everybody against us right now. The only people who are going to help us out of this is ourselves. And we understand that. And [executive VP John Paxson] said it in the meeting yesterday, too."

Wade and Butler began Chicago's 100-88 loss to Miami on the bench as punishment for their comments.

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Bulls' Role Players Believe Butler, Wade Playing 'Buddy Ball'

Jan 27, 2017 4:03 PM

The Chicago Bulls have had struggles both on and off the court since their strong start to the season.

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade were critical of the Bulls' younger players this week, which prompted a sharp response from Rajon Rondo on Instagram.

"The Bulls are full of unhappy players," said Wojnarowski. "With the superstars unhappy with the role players and the role players unhappy with the superstars, privately charging them with playing buddy ball, sources say. A two-man game that they believe often intentionally involves no one else."

In their loss to the Atlanta Hawks this week that sparked criticism from Butler and Wade, the pair combined to score 73 points on 46 of the Bulls' 94 shooting possessions.

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Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Have No Issue With Rajon Rondo

Jan 27, 2017 1:51 PM

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade said they have no problem with Rajon Rondo one day after he criticized the Chicago Bulls' "veterans" in an Instagram post.

Rondo made headlines Thursday when he defended the "young guys" on the Bulls while writing, "If anything is questionable, it's the leadership" in a lengthy post on his Instagram account.

"I don't have any problem with Rajon," Butler said after Friday morning's shootaround, which was delayed because of a team meeting. "He spoke his mind. I spoke my mind. Move on."

"Everyone gets opportunities to express themselves," Wade added. "That's how [Rondo] chose to express himself. ... I have no hard feelings."

Gar Forman said that the organization is "extremely disappointed" in players criticizing their teammates to the media and on social media.

"We have visited with the players who spoke out at length and dealt with it internally," said Forman, who did not take questions from reporters. "We've talked about it with the entire team."

Rondo was fined for the comments.

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Rajon Rondo: My Vets Would Never Go The Media

Jan 26, 2017 6:15 PM

Rajon Rondo posted a photograph of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen on Instagram along with a lengthy statement seemingly in response to comments made to the media by Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler after Wednesday's loss by the Chicago Bulls.

"My vets would never go to the media," wrote Rondo. "They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership."

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Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler Suggest Teammates Don't Care Enough
Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler ripped their teammates following the Bulls' 119-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Bulls Struggles Will Impact Dwyane Wade's Decision On 17-18 Option
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls in the offseason with a player option for Year 2.

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Bulls Planning Pursuit Of Chris Bosh
The Bulls are already working on pursuing Chris Bosh if he becomes a free agent.

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Jimmy Butler's Future With Bulls Will Factor Into Dwyane Wade's 17-18 Decision
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year, $47 million deal with the Bulls with a player option for Year 2.

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Rajon Rondo 'Absolutely' Wants To Become Coach In Future
Rajon Rondo would like to play "six or seven more years" but he's already preparing for his career as a coach.

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Bulls Told Rajon Rondo They're Trying To 'Save Him From Himself'
During the interview, Rajon Rondo also described the situation as the most confusing of his career.

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Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler Named Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler averaged 38 ppg, 9.3 rpg 6.3 apg for the week, while Stephen Curry averaged 31.8 ppg, 5.5 apg and 4.5 rpg.

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Report: Jimmy Butler Back On Trade Market 'For Right Price'
The Bulls discussed Jimmy Butler trade scenarios in the offseason and could be ready to reengage his market leading to the trade deadline.

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Rajon Rondo, Mario Chalmers On Cavs' Radar
LeBron James acknowledged the Cavaliers' need for a backup point guard with Mo Williams still taking a roster spot.

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Rajon Rondo Doesn't Receive 'Clear-Cut Message' Meeting With Forman, Paxson
Rajon Rondo remains in limbo about his role with the Bulls moving forward.

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Rajon Rondo To Discuss Bulls' Future With Gar Forman
Rajon Rondo sat out all of Saturday's loss to the Bucks.

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Fred Hoiberg Downplays 'Hot Seat' Talk
Fred Hoiberg replaced Tom Thibodeau in 2015.

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Fred Hoiberg Under Scrutiny As Bulls Struggle
Fred Hoiberg so far has been best protected by the fact he's owed a significant amount of money on his five-year, $25 million contract.

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R.J. Hunter Waived By Bulls
R.J. Hunter appeared in three games and grabbed one rebound in nine total minutes with the Bulls.

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John Paxson Acknowledges Bulls Need To Improve Athleticism, Three-Point Shooting
John Paxson addressed the state of the Bulls publicly for the first time since media day.

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Nikola Mirotic Fined For Missing Bulls' Shootaround
Nikola Mirotic told team officials he simply forgot about the shootaround.

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Taj Gibson Would Prefer To Re-Sign With Bulls
Taj Gibson took somewhat of a hometown discount when he extended in 2012.

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Rajon Rondo Suspended One Game By Bulls For Conduct Detrimental To Team
Rajon Rondo will miss Monday's game against the Blazers.

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Dwyane Wade: I Definitely Had To Change My Game More Than LeBron
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James didn't have a conversation about how their respective games would change before they decided to join forces.

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Dwyane Wade: Relationships Have Become Critical Part Of Free Agency
Dwyane Wade talked about how the NBA is "different" than it used to be in how players court one another and it has influenced free agency.

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