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Joakim Noah Outlines Priorities In Weighing Free Agency Options

Jun 26, 2016 8:40 PM

Joakim Noah has a specific priority list in mind as he weighs his free agent options along with his agent Bill Duffy.

Noah wants a chance to win first and foremost.

Noah then would like a chance to both start and finish games, as well as play for a team to support his Noah's Arc Foundation.

A source said the viewpoint that Noah will chase the best offer is “naïve.’’

“They obviously don’t know Jo’s make-up,’’ the source said.

Noah has reportedly ruled out re-signing with the Bulls.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Bulls Discuss Taj Gibson Trade With Multiple Teams

Jun 26, 2016 8:08 PM

The Chicago Bulls have discussed a trade involving Taj Gibson with multiple teams.

Gibson is in the final season of his contract worth $8.9 million.

If Chicago trades away Gibson, they would be left with a frontcourt rotation of Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio.

Gibson is already 31 as he was an older rookie coming into the NBA in 2009 out of USC.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Offered No. 5, Ricky Rubio To Bulls For Jimmy Butler Before Kris Dunn Slid

Jun 24, 2016 8:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly drafted Kris Dunn at No. 5 to keep him as he wasn't expected to drop to them.

The Wolves' offer of Ricky Rubio and the No. 5 pick to the Chicago Bulls was made before Dunn slipped and not after.

"Obviously, we liked him," Gar Forman said of Dunn. "He's a very good player."

Chicago reportedly sought Zach LaVine from the Wolves in exchange for Butler.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Ricky Rubio, Kris Dunn, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Bulls, Celtics Discussed No. 3, No. 16, Jae Crowder For Jimmy Butler

Jun 24, 2016 8:30 PM

The Chicago Bulls involved Jimmy Butler in trade discussions with both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bulls and Wolves appeared to especially zero in on a trade with Butler for Kris Dunn as the primary pieces.

Chicago also held talks with Boston trading for No. 3 with Dunn as the pick along with Jae Crowder and the 16th overall pick for Butler.

Gar Forman downplayed the reports of Butler trade talks and said he doesn't feel the need to reassure him about his future with the Bulls.

"We appreciate Jimmy," Forman said. "We value Jimmy. It's our job to listen about any player on our roster when there's interest. And obviously we call teams and express interest in players that they have."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Derrick Rose Doesn't Know Why He Was Traded, Thanks Bulls For Doing It

Jun 24, 2016 5:03 PM

Derrick Rose was introduced as a member of the New York Knicks on Friday just two days after he was traded by the Chicago Bulls.

Rose is in the final season of his current contract.

“I don’t know why I was traded,” said Rose, “but I would like to tell them thank you. For real.”

Rose said the feeling of being with the Knicks still doesn't feel real.

"It still don’t feel real. Seeing my picture on a billboard or a screen outside the building, it kind of blew me away."

Rose also said he believes he can regain his MVP form.

"I feel like I’m close. But me sitting up here and saying it isn’t going to do anything." 

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls, Wolves End Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2016 11:07 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls have again broken off trade talks centered on a deal of Jimmy Butler for the draft rights to Kris Dunn.

The Bulls have reportedly sought Zach LaVine as part of the package for Butler.

Chicago has been considering going into a full rebuild mode this offseason and had strong interest in Dunn.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

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Wolves, Bulls Have Optimism Of Jimmy Butler For Kris Dunn Trade

Jun 23, 2016 8:52 PM

The Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves have picked back up trade talks centered on Jimmy Butler for Kris Dunn. There is a rising optimism on both sides a deal can eventually be reached.

Both sides have wanted to make a deal but have struggled to come upon agreeable terms.

Chicago is seeking Zach LaVine from the Wolves while Tom Thibodeau would like to keep him.

The Bulls are prepared to go into a full rebuild ahead of a strong 2017 draft.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wolves have sought the opinion of Karl-Anthony Towns about the possibility of a trade for Butler and his opinions on players that might be traded for him.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Sought Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn From Wolves For Jimmy Butler

Jun 23, 2016 8:05 PM

The trade talks the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves had on Jimmy Butler have broken down.

The Bulls were seeking Zach LaVine and the No. 5 overall pick (Kris Dunn) from Minnesota for Butler.

Chicago was not interested in trading for Ricky Rubio despite trading away Derrick Rose this week as they were dialed in on Dunn as well.

Tom Thibodeau coached Butler during their tenure together with the Bulls.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Zach LaVine, Jimmy Butler, Kris Dunn, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics, Bulls Continue To Discuss Jimmy Butler Trade

Jun 23, 2016 7:28 PM

The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls continue to discuss a trade centered on Jimmy Butler.

The Celtics have a number of assets to offer the Bulls for Butler including the third overall pick.

Chicago has already traded away Derrick Rose this week in a deal for Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant.

Both Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley have been included in talks at various points, according to K.C. Johnson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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

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Jimmy Butler To Play For USA In Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 11:09 AM

Jimmy Butler has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

Butler has no previous experience with the United States as he emerged during the 14-15 season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Knicks Acquire Derrick Rose From Bulls
The Bulls will send Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second rounder to the Knicks for Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.

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Celtics Shopping No. 3 Pick For Butler, Hayward, Parker, Middleton
The Celtics have been working to put together a package for either Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, Jabari Parker or Khris Middleton.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pistons Trade Spencer Dinwiddie To Bulls For Cameron Bairstow
Cameron Bairstow, 25, appeared in 18 games (two starts) with Chicago last season, averaging 1.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 5.7 minutes.

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Wolves Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler
The Wolves are making the fifth overall pick available to the Bulls for Jimmy Butler.

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Dunc'd On: Bulls, Hawks Offseasons
News, including Steph Curry out of the Olympics and the NBA refs decrying the L2M report before examining the offseasons of the Bulls and Hawks.

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Wolves Plan To Target Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah is widely expected to leave the Bulls this offseason and he previously worked until Tom Thibodeau.

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

Joakim Noah Telling Teammates He's Leaving Bulls, Doesn't Trust Front Office
Joakim Noah allegedly said he "has no trust in the front office getting this in the right direction."

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd
The 76ers, Lakers and Celtics are in the top-3 of the NBA Draft Lottery.

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Jimmy Butler To Represent Bulls At Lottery
Jimmy Butler has been linked to trade rumors with a discord between he and the organization.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Nuggets, Bulls, Celtics Inquired About Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Bulls Won't Rule Out Trading Jimmy Butler
John Paxson admitted Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose didn't mesh together on a consistent basis.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Retain Fred Hoiberg, Gar Forman, John Paxson
Jerry Reinsdorf vowed to be "strategic and aggressive" in improving the team, promising the "resources needed."

K.C Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose: I Love The Way I Played This Season
After playing in just 61 games over three seasons combined, Derrick Rose played in 66 games this season.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Skips Bulls' Flight To New Orleans
Jimmy Butler had a family commitment and would fly to New Orleans later on Sunday and he plans on playing against the Pelicans.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Fred Hoiberg Not Sure If He'd Coach Bulls Harder Next Season
Jimmy Butler said in mid-December that Hoiberg needed to coach the Bulls a lot harder.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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