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Bulls Giving Dwyane Wade Green Light On Open Three-Pointers

Sep 28, 2016 7:39 PM

Dwyane Wade has never really developed his three-point shot but Fred Hoiberg is prepared to give him the green light on open attempts. Wade did shoot 52.2 percent on 3-pointers during last season's playoffs when defenses stacked to try to take away his driving and slashing game.

"That's a little new for me," Wade said.

"A lot of people have talked about me not shooting 3s, but no one has been able to take away what I wanted to do. So why would I do something else?" Wade said. "When you take it away, I have the ability to knock it down. I'm not Doug McDermott. I'm not Niko (Mirotic). But I'm comfortable with the shot and I'm going to shoot it. I know it's going to be there, so I have a better chance of knocking it down."

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Vince Hunter, Bulls Sign Camp Deal

Sep 20, 2016 1:00 PM

The Chicago Bulls have signed Vince Hunter to a camp deal.

Hunter played for the Grizzlies and Clippers in Summer League.

Hunter was in camp with the Sacramento Kings before the 15-16 season.

Hunter went undrafted in 2015 out of UTEP.

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J.J. Avila Signs Camp Deal With Bulls

Sep 20, 2016 11:03 AM

J.J. Avila has signed a camp deal with the Chicago Bulls.

Avila played for the New York Knicks in Summer League.

Avila averaged 16.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game in his senior season at Colorado State in 14-15.

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D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Signs Camp Deal With Bulls

Sep 16, 2016 12:09 PM

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera has signed a camp deal with the Chicago Bulls.

Smith-Rivera went undrafted in 2016 out of Georgetown. Smith-Rivera averaged 16.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game as a senior.

Smith-Rivera played at Oak Hill Academy for high school.

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Jerry Reinsdorf: Joakim Noah Not 'Frontline Guy Anymore'

Sep 9, 2016 2:06 PM

Joakim Noah left the Chicago Bulls this offseason to sign a four-year, $72 million deal with the New York Knicks.

The Bulls showed little interest, if any, in re-signing Noah.

“What we felt was it was time,” Jerry Reinsdorf told the Chicago Tribune. “We felt Joakim wasn’t going to be a frontline guy anymore. I was pretty confident that Pau (Gasol) was going to leave. So it was important for us to get the center in (Robin) Lopez.

"It was time for Derrick to go on and play someplace else and try to establish himself. (Gar Forman) and (John Paxson) were high on the Grant kid (Jerian). We thought that was the necessary first step no matter how we were going to go.”

Last season, Noah was limited to just 29 games due to injuries. 

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Dwyane Wade: My Decision To Sign With Chicago 'Bigger Than Basketball'

Sep 2, 2016 8:12 PM

Dwyane Wade chose to sign with his hometown Chicago Bulls this summer for reasons that go beyond basketball.

"My purpose for being back in the city is bigger than basketball. Basketball is a big part of it, of course; it's what I do for a living," said Wade. "But I think my purpose at the end of the day hopefully is to come to Chicago and be a part, be a voice that can help bring people together."

The city of Chicago has been deeply impacted by violence this year and his cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was murdered on Aug. 26. Police say Aldridge, who was pushing a baby in a stroller, was not the intended target.

Wade and his mother were part of a series of panel discussions on gun violence hosted a day earlier by The Undefeated on ESPN.

"We're coming off doing the town hall meeting, literally the night before. My mother's on the panel, we're using our voice, using our platform to shed some light on the city of Chicago for others to look in and see how we can all help and all come together, and hours later one of my family members is killed," Wade said. "For me it's tough. I want my family to grieve in private, but my name is attached to it."


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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman

Sep 1, 2016 3:05 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast (@NateDuncanNBA) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the Central Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (11:18), choose the Central’s best newcomer (19:35) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (26:32).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (40:32), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Central (47:45), choose breakout players (50:27) and much more, including what Cleveland may get with their big trade exception.



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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
The Chicago Bulls have overhauled their roster over the offseason with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol leaving.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Derrick Rose: Knicks, Warriors Are The Super Teams
New York acquired Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

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Aaron Brooks, Pacers Agree Upon One-Year, $2.5M Deal
Aaron 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
Dwyane Wade admitted that a "business" rift with Pat Riley played a big role in his decision to sign with the Bulls.


Paul Zipser Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With Bulls
Paul Zipser was the 48th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Isaiah Canaan, Bulls Agree Upon Two-Year, $2.2M Deal
Isaiah Canaan averaged 11.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 25.5 minutes per game last for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bulls Pull Jimmy Butler From Trade Market
Jimmy 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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