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Derrick Rose Likely Out Until At Least Next Week

Derrick Rose will sit out again on Thursday at the Sacramento Kings with a hamstring injury.

The Chicago Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season, and Rose's absence likely will extend to next week.

"When one guy is out, the next guy step in and get the job done," Tom Thibodeau said. "That’s the way it’s been. My first year here, Joakim (Noah) missed three months. So it’s just whoever is out, the next guy get in there and get it done."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose Exits Early With Hamstring Injury

Derrick Rose injured his left hamstring during the final minutes of the Chicago Bulls' 100-93 win over the Toronto Raptors.

"I guess it's cramps in my hamstrings," Rose said. "But I think it's minor, and they decided to pull me out."

Tom Thibodeau said after the game that Rose told him he was fine and that he thought he just tweaked the hamstring.

Thibodeau thought an MRI on the hamstring was likely for Friday, but Rose was hopeful he wouldn't have to have one. 

Rose could return to practice on Friday.

Rose isn't quite sure how it happened.

"I don't know, man," Rose said. "Just missing two years, now you're just going to fall for no reason I guess, man. Just trying to work every day, put in consistent work every day. And don't lose any confidence with these setbacks."

Joakim Noah is frustrated with the media's portrayl of Rose's injury issues.

"Every time something happens to [Rose], people act like it's the end of the world, and that's f---ing so lame to me," Noah said at one point.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Derrick Rose Preparing Body For Life After Basketball

Derrick Rose returned from his ankle sprain injuries on Monday night and revealed Tuesday that he is already thinking about his future beyond basketball.

"I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out or whatever, but I think a lot of people don't understand that when I sit out it's not because of this year," Rose said. "I'm thinking about long term. I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to.

"I don't want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son's graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. (I'm) just learning and being smart."

Rose has underwent two knee surgeries since 2012.

Via Nick Friedell/ESPN

Derrick Rose Misses Third Game Of Season With Sprained Ankles

Derrick Rose will sit out the Chicago Bulls' game at the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night due to sprains in both his left and right ankles.

It will be Rose's third missed game out of six this season.

Rose scored 13 points in the Bulls' win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Ray Allen Visit To Chicago Unrelated To Bulls, Agent Says

Free agent Ray Allen is visiting Chicago this week and has been spotted on several social media platforms, but his agent Jim Tanner told RealGM on Thursday: “Nothing to do with the Bulls.”

Allen remains a free agent deciding on his NBA future after playing for the Miami Heat over the past two seasons of his 18-year career.

Allen, who has built a reputation on staying in elevated shape in the offseason, averaged 9.6 points and two rebounds for Miami last season.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

John Lucas III Receives Interest In NBA, China; Hoping For Stable Decision On Next Team

Free agent guard John Lucas III received interest from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, but declined those potential opportunities due to their short-term nature and has focused on making a more long-term decision, league sources told RealGM.

The Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies scoured the free-agent market for point guards after injury issues, and they contacted Lucas prior to deciding upon players this week. Lucas, who has been working out in Houston since his release from the Washington Wizards, also received proposals in the Chinese Basketball Association.

As a seven-year NBA veteran who carved an instant-offense role, Lucas had his most successful and potent stretch in 49 games for the Chicago Bulls in the 2011-12 season. Long considered a respected teammate in the locker room and prepared on the court, Lucas had four 20-point efforts that season — including a 24-point game in March 2012 against the Miami Heat.

Lucas is believed to be hoping to ultimately return to the Bulls on a deal later this season, league sources told RealGM. Chicago currently has 14 players on the roster.

“John has received interest from different teams, but to say he has declined any formal offers would be inaccurate,” Lucas’ agent, Bernie Lee, said when reached on Wednesday. “John is in a situation, after a crazy summer, of trying to make the right decision versus any decision, but he is willing to prove himself as requested. John owes a tremendous amount of his value in the NBA to the opportunity Chicago's front office gave him there initially. Over time, it's become clear that Gar Forman has a unique ability to find value in obscure places: He signed John out of China, and he might be the best in the NBA at this. In some ways John was at the beginning of this.

“I have not had a single conversation with Gar about John since John left. The different situations just haven't lined up. Gar has found various ways to replace the role John left, including this year, and John has been under contract since leaving. I do have every belief that John will resume his NBA career soon, but to date the only opportunities John has declined have been lucrative money offers with Jilin in China earlier in the year and Fujian on Wednesday.”

Lucas, 31, has spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, signing multi-year NBA deals in 2012 and 2013. The 5-foot-11 product has scored 4.8 points and registered 1.4 assists per game in his career, and averaged 3.8 points and one assist in 42 appearances for Utah a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Butler Expected To Have Edge In Free Agency With Dearth Of Quality SGs

Jimmy Butler rejected the Chicago Bulls' final offer on a contract extension and will become a restricted free agent this offseason.

Butler could have an edge in negotiations due to the dearth of quality shooting guards.

‘‘It’s a great question, and you go through different stretches,’’ Tom Thibodeau said when he was asked Tuesday about the talent at the position. ‘‘There was a stretch where everyone was saying, ‘Where are the point guards?’ And now there are a ton of point guards. Now you have more skilled bigs, so you don’t have as many true centers. I think it goes in cycles.

‘‘There are a lot of good basketball players. You might have a small who is good at posting up. You might have a big who can really shoot the three. When you add pieces like that, it makes your offense a lot different, particularly with the passing.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler: 'I'm Going To Be In Chicago'

Jimmy Butler's contract extension discussions with the Chicago Bulls ended on Friday night with no deal.

Butler remains convinced he will remain with the Bulls when free agency talks start next offseason.

"I'm going to be in Chicago," Butler said.

Butler has missed the first two games of the season with a thumb injury.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Rejects 'Hometown Discount' Offer From Bulls

Jimmy Butler rejected the Chicago Bulls' final contract extension offer on Friday and will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015.

“It came down to me deciding that I want to bet on myself,” Butler told Yahoo Sports in a text message on Friday. “It was about me believing that I put the work in this summer to become a better player with the hope that my improvement will give the Bulls a better chance to win a championship.”

The Bulls would have the option to match any offer sheet Butler were to sign on the open market, but it could threaten their payroll structure or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017. 

“All the [rookie extension] deals done so far have shown that teams are building around their stars of the future, and they’re compensating those players as such,” agent Happy Walters told Yahoo Sports on Friday. “I was under the impression Jimmy was also viewed as one of those future building blocks with the Bulls.

“We tried like heck to get something done, but ultimately, the Bulls wanted a ‘hometown’ discount. While understandable, I doubt their GM or coaches give Mr. Reinsdorf a discount when negotiating their own deals.”

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Gasol: Picking Bulls Over Spurs, Thunder Was Most Difficult Decision Of My Life

The New York Knicks pursued Pau Gasol in the offseason, but they didn't have the cap space or title contender status that he was looking for.

Choosing between the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder was "probably the most difficult decision that I made in my career and in my life," Gasol said.

"I considered it," Gasol said of the Knicks. "But I thought the team was not at the level of others, other contenders and options that I had. I'm coming down to my last few years of my career, and I want to maximize them. And it was difficult to leave L.A. in the first place. But now I feel like I'm in a great position, and we have a great opportunity, and now let's see if we're lucky and we deserve to do something special."

Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' opener against the Knicks.

"Plays where you need a great shot and you know that anything isn't rolling for you, you can easily dump it down and space out," Rose said. "If you double-team, it's going to be a wide-open shot, a wide-open three. … It makes the game easy for everyone."

Via Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Chicago Bulls Archives

Rose: I Don't Like To Say Too Much About My Haters

Derrick Rose had 13 points and five assists in 21 minutes during the Bulls' convincing 104-80 win over the Knicks.

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Unlikely To Agree Upon Extension

Jimmy Butler would become a restricted free agent in 2015.

Jimmy Butler Out 2-4 Weeks With Thumb Sprain

Jimmy Butler will miss two to four weeks with a thumb sprain.

Bulls Exercise Third-Year Option On Tony Snell

The Bulls have exercised the third-year option for the 2015-16 season for Tony Snell.

Noah's Surgically Repaired Left Knee Has 'Ways To Go'

A source in Joakim Noah's camp said that, “Jo’s knee is going to be an issue all season long.’’

Jimmy Butler Out With Sprained Ligaments In Thumb

Jimmy Butler will not practice this week and will not play in the Bulls' final preseason game against the Timberwolves.

Bulls Waive Kim English, Ben Hansbrough, Solomon Jones

Chicago’s roster now stands at 14.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Bulls Undecided Between Dunleavy, McDermott For Starting SF

Mike Dunleavy Jr. has filled a reserve and starting role in his two seasons with the Bulls.

Derrick Rose 'Numb' To Thibodeau's Quest For Perfection

Derrick Rose isn't upset with Tom Thibodeau's criticism of the Bulls, but he also doesn't agree with it.

Thibodeau Wants Bulls To Get Into Mind-Set Like Spurs

Tom Thibodeau singled out Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

Pau Gasol, Bulls Believe He Can Thrive Defensively In Thibodeau's System

The Bulls won't have Pau Gasol guarding "stretch four" forwards on the perimeter and will allow him to use his length to defend the rim

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Moving In Right Direction On Extension Talks

Jimmy Butler's representatives and the Bulls have started discussions on a possible contract extension.

Bulls Sign Solomon Jones To One-Year, Vet Minimum Deal

The Bulls have signed free agent center Solomon Jones to a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, a league source told RealGM.

Bulls Re-Sign Nazr Mohammed

Nazr Mohammed saw action in 80 games (one start) and averaged 1.6 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 7.0 mpg last season.

Ray Allen Still Undecided On Playing Future; Wizards Among Teams 'Periodically' Reaching Out

The Wizards are "periodically" checking in on Ray Allen.

Sources: Taj Gibson Not Too Thrilled To Continue Being Backup Forward

Taj Gibson privately isn't too thrilled about the prospect of continuing to be a reserve forward, according to sources.

E'Twaun Moore Signs Two-Year Deal With Bulls

E’Twaun Moore has signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Bulls, a league source told RealGM.

Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Heat, Spurs, Bulls, Kings

Ryan Hollins met with the Heat on Friday, according to sources.

Bulls Have Contacted Ray Allen

The Bulls are believed to be among almost a dozen NBA teams to have contacted Ray Allen and his representatives.
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