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Jimmy Butler, Fred Hoiberg Working On Relationship In Offseason

Aug 12, 2016 10:34 AM

Fred Hoiberg seemed to have a contentious relationship with Jimmy Butler during his first season with the Chicago Bulls.

Hoiberg and Butler have worked to improve upon it this offseason.

“Jimmy and I have had a lot of conversations,” he said. “There’s a lot of things (that happened) last year. The big thing was the comment after the New York game…We got it handed to us and the comment was made.”

Butler called for Hoiberg to “coach us harder” after a two-game stretch in December.

“We had a lot of conversations and I don’t see any issues with Jimmy Butler and I,” Hoiberg said. “The biggest thing as a staff is we have 15 guys that we gotta coach and hopefully put them in situations and utilize their skill sets and get the most out of them.”

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Fred Hoiberg: Rajon Rondo Will Thrive In My System

Aug 12, 2016 10:32 AM

The Chicago Bulls' additions of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade don't seem to fit the system of Fred Hoiberg, but he's excited to work with them.

“Rondo is a point guard who I think will thrive in the system we like to run and then to get Dwyane, we didn’t have to give up any of the young pieces in the process,” Hoiberg said. “We’re able to stay competitive with players with championship experience. To pair those two guys with Jimmy Butler, it’ll be a dynamic and exciting backcourt.”

The Bulls will have to manage three ball dominant backcourt players in Rondo, Wade and Butler.

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Dwyane Wade: Leaving Heat For Bulls Was Decision 'Solely For Me'

Jul 29, 2016 3:25 PM

Dwyane Wade had his introductory press conference with the Chicago Bulls in which he explained his decision to leave the Miami Heat.

“I have no rift with Pat Riley," said Wade. "This year, the direction of that organization was a little different than it was in years past."

Wade was offered a two-year, $40 million deal by the Heat.

"I had a contract offer from Miami. It was my decision to be selfish and live out a dream of mine," said Wade. "This was a decision solely for me. It has nothing to do with Pat Riley or Micky Arison."

"I wanted to be a part of building this organization back up," said Wade about the Bulls. 

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Jimmy Butler Unbothered By Trade Rumors Or Perceptions

Jul 29, 2016 10:53 AM

The Chicago Bulls have overhauled their roster over the offseason with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol leaving. But Jimmy Butler insists it wasn't a decision he had an influence over.

“That has nothing to do with me,’’ Butler said on Thursday. “I don’t move guys. Just like I always say – people are going to think what they want to think.’’

The Bulls also reportedly considered trading away Butler in a package that would have brought back Kris Dunn.

“It’s not their job to report anything to me,’’ Butler said of general manager Gar Forman and VP of basketball operations John Paxson. “I’m a big boy. I don’t need you to tell me, ‘No, you’re not going to be traded.’ I know it’s a business and if it happens it happens, but I’m here.

“I don’t pay attention to it. I was in the gym working out during the draft. My phone was blowing up, but what can I do? I can go in the office and be like, ‘Hey please don’t trade me?’ If they were going to do that, that’s on them not me.’’

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA

Derrick Rose: Knicks, Warriors Are The Super Teams

Jul 22, 2016 9:43 AM

Derrick Rose believes the New York Knicks are the NBA's other new superteam along with the Golden State Warriors.

Rose was asked about what the expectations should be for the Knicks this season. New York acquired Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

"They're high. I mean, with these teams right now, they're saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they're trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that," said Rose. "And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win. Talking to Melo and all the guys who've been around. You've got Brandon who just signed for one year, he's got to show why he's there. I've got to show why I'm there. Joakim has to show why he's there. Everybody's trying to prove themselves. When you've got a group like that, it's like, alright, I know everybody wants to do that, but we're going to break this down as simple as possible, and try to win every game. I think winning takes care of every category, as far as being an athlete. You look at endorsements, being on the floor, almost everything -- I think winning takes care of all that. And if you're in the league, winning takes care of all the mistakes, or if you have any problems on teams."

Rose is excited to be playing in New York.

"I'm going into a great market," Rose says. "I'm going into a city where they love basketball -- basketball is a culture there, and they love players that play hard. And I think I fit that."

"I think this is a huge opportunity for me, and I'm preparing myself right now."

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

Aaron Brooks, Pacers Agree Upon One-Year, $2.5M Deal

Jul 18, 2016 2:53 PM

Aaron Brooks has agreed upon a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Brooks played for the Chicago Bulls over the past two seasons.

Brooks averaged 7.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 16.1 minutes per game in 15-16 for the Bulls.

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Pat Riley Admits Regret Over Dwyane Wade's Departure

Jul 16, 2016 7:56 PM

Pat Riley already regrets the departure of Dwyane Wade from the Miami Heat to the Chicago Bulls.

"What happened with Dwyane floored me," Riley said. "I'm going to miss the fact of what I might have had planned for him and his future and how I saw the end and my thought process in how I could see his end here with the Heat. ... It's my responsibility to sort of make that happen. I didn't make it happen. Dwyane left, and the buck stops here."

Wade admitted that a "business" rift with Riley played a big role in his decision to sign with the Bulls.

Riley admitted that he was not as involved in the negotiation process as he needed to be in order to retain Wade.

"I have great regret I didn't put myself in the middle of it and immerse myself in the middle of it and get in a canoe and paddle to the Mediterranean if I had to, be in New York when he arrived on the 6th and greet him at the airport," Riley said. "I wasn't there in the middle of the negotiation, and that's my job. It's not going to be the same without him. We will forge ahead."

Riley believes Wade's decision was not motivated by money.

"That is where we both failed ... I more than he, because he's the asset, he's the star, he's the face of the franchise,'' Riley said. "I should have done everything that I could have verbally in trying to change his mindset to mine, a big picture, a better picture, or one that I thought would help him."


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Paul Zipser Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Bulls

Jul 13, 2016 11:40 AM

Paul Zipser has agreed upon a multi-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.

Zipser was the 48th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Zipser has played for Bayern Munich since 2013 and was named the BBL Best German Young Player in 2016.

RealGM Staff Report

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Isaiah Canaan, Bulls Agree Upon Two-Year, $2.2M Deal

Jul 12, 2016 8:24 PM

The Chicago Bulls have agreed upon a two-year, $2.2 million contract with Isaiah Canaan.

Canaan was the 34th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Murray State.

Canaan averaged 11.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 25.5 minutes per game last for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Bulls Pull Jimmy Butler From Trade Market

Jul 12, 2016 1:08 PM

The Chicago Bulls have taken Jimmy Butler off the trade market for now, according to league sources.

The Bulls reportedly discussed Butler trade scenarios with both the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves on and around the draft.

The Bulls have since signed Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade on short-term deals as they look to shift back to win-now mode.

Butler signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Bulls in 2015 that contains a player option for 2019.

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Spencer Dinwiddie Waived By Bulls
Spencer Dinwiddie was traded by the Pistons to the Bulls in June.

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Pat Riley Never Called Dwyane Wade During Free Agency
Dan Le Batard reported that Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley's relationship was damaged by the end with Wade's allegiances to LeBron James.

Ethan Skolnick/Miami Herald

Jose Calderon Traded By Bulls To Lakers
Jose Calderon was traded by the Bulls to clear cap space so they can sign Dwyane Wade into their cap space.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Cavs Agree To Trade With Bulls For Mike Dunleavy
Chicago has had to trade away Mike Dunleavy in order to fit Dwyane Wade's contract into their cap space.

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Dwyane Wade Agrees To Sign Two-Year, $47.5M With Bulls
The Bulls will send out contracts to create cap space to sign Dwyane Wade.

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Dwyane Wade Nearing Agreement With Bulls
Dwyane Wade is deciding between the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Bulls Looking For Trade To Unload Salary To Fit Dwyane Wade Into Cap Space
The probable candidates for a trade are Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dwyane Wade Meeting With Nuggets, Bulls, Bucks
There is no meeting set between Dwyane Wade and the Heat as of now.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Celtics Continue To Have Interest In Jimmy Butler, Jahlil Okafor Trade
A path to a trade will be more difficult than it was on draft night as both the Bulls and 76ers wanted the No. 3 pick to select Kris Dunn.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Nuggets Offer Two-Year, $50M Contract To Dwyane Wade
The Heat are approximately $10 million short of Denver's offer to Dwyane Wade with a two-year, $40 million offer.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dwyane Wade Seeking Two-Year, $50M From Heat, Still Talking To Nuggets, Bulls
Both the Bulls and Nuggets can offer Dwyane Wade a more lucrative deal than the Heat.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Rajon Rondo, Bulls Agree Upon Two-Year, $28M Deal
Rajon Rondo has agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal with the Bulls.

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Pau Gasol Receiving Offers In $18M-$22M Per Year Range
Pau Gasol has received interest from the Raptors, Blazers, Bulls, Timberwolves and Spurs amongst others.

Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

E'Twaun Moore Agrees Upon Four-Year, $34M Deal With Pelicans
E'Twaun Moore has agreed upon a four-year, $34 million deal with the Pelicans.

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

Spurs, Nets, Bulls Interested In Jordan Hill
Jordan Hill spent last season with the Pacers.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Rajon Rondo Meets With Bulls, Draws Interest From Pelicans, 76ers
The Bulls have a vacancy at point guard following the trade of Derrick Rose.

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Pistons, Wizards, Bulls, Lakers, Mavs Interested In Maurice Harkless
Moe Harkless is a restricted free agent, which gives the Blazers the right to match.

Alex Kennedy/Basketball Insiders

Knicks Considered Favorites To Sign Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah is expected to part ways with the Bulls this offseason after joining them in the 2007 NBA Draft via a pick swap from the Eddy Curry trade.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Joakim Noah Outlines Priorities In Weighing Free Agency Options
Joakim Noah wants a chance to win first and foremost.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls Discuss Taj Gibson Trade With Multiple Teams
Taj Gibson is in the final season of his contract worth $8.9 million.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times