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Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo

Apr 29, 2017 12:04 PM

The Chicago Bulls have until June 30th to fully guarantee the $13.4 million contract of Rajon Rondo.

The Bulls have yet to give Rondo any indication about his guarantee.

“Of course,” Jimmy Butler said when asked about if he preferred the Bulls to guarantee Rondo for next season. “He’s been huge for us this year, molding the young guys and getting in the film room. The way he plays the game, getting everyone involved, I love playing with him and D-Wade.”

While Rondo struggled early in the season, the Bulls played better down the stretch of the regular season with him and they also won two road playoff games at Boston before he was injured.

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Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls

Apr 29, 2017 11:53 AM

Dwyane Wade plans on meeting face-to-face with Jimmy Butler in the coming weeks to discuss their futures with the Chicago Bulls.

Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season worth $23.8 million. Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last summer.

“That’s far away,” Wade said about his option decision. “I have time.”

Wade will also meet in the coming weeks with the front office to gauge their plans for the offseason.

Chicago could conceivably trade Butler this summer, or look to retool around him and either Wade or Rajon Rondo.

"I have a great luxury where I don't have to ring-chase, but I can. Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge. Either way," said Wade on Saturday.

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Rajon Rondo Remains Doubtful For Game 6

Apr 27, 2017 4:49 PM

Rajon Rondo remains doubtful for Game 6 for the Chicago Bulls when they host the Boston Celtics.

Rondo suffered a broken thumb in Game 2 and has missed Games 3-5.

"Nothing's changed as of now," Fred Hoiberg said during a conference call on Thursday afternoon. "We had a film session in the hotel this morning. Obviously we didn't do anything on the court before we left. Rajon, most likely, will come in and work out tonight, but like we talked about [Wednesday] at the game it's still a long shot that he's back on the court, at least in this series."

Rondo was initially expected to miss "a couple weeks," but speculation surrounding his return heightened after he showed up at Monday's practice without the cast on.

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Rajon Rondo Ruled Out For Game 5

Apr 26, 2017 12:03 PM

Rajon Rondo has ruled himself out for Game 5.

Rondo had been ramping up his activity in hopes of returning from his broken thumb early.

"I think I'm Wolverine," Rondo said at a shootaround Wednesday. "But it actually hasn't healed that quickly yet."

Rondo still hopes he could play in Game 6.

"My thumb is still the same," he explained. "Still broke."

Rondo could do further damage to the thumb if he plays.

"If I didn't go out there with anything, the slightest fall on the floor might further damage it," Rondo said. "If I was to go out there in Game 7, 8 or 9, I'd probably have a wrap."

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Rajon Rondo Shoots At Practice, Could Return For Boston Series

Apr 25, 2017 5:17 PM

Rajon Rondo took jumpers during Tuesday's practice, signalling he could return for the Chicago Bulls before the end of their series against the Boston Celtics.

Fred Hoiberg has already ruled out Rondo for Game 5.

"This is honestly the first time he's touched a basketball with that right hand," Hoiberg said. "We'll see. We'll see how it goes. He's going to continue to condition and do everything that he can. He was in the weight room yesterday getting a good session in there. It was his first time back in the weight room. He's just getting this whole process started." 

The Bulls have lost both games to the Celtics since Rondo exited the lineup.

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Pat Riley Wishes He Would Have Given Dwyane Wade Max In 2014 Instead Of Chris Bosh

Apr 25, 2017 11:55 AM

When LeBron James left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the camp of Chris Bosh wanted to reopen a deal they had just finished. Bosh's camp knew the Heat had extra money available.

Bosh threatened to sign with the Houston Rockets but ultimately signed a five-year, $118 million max contract.

Wade signed a two-year deal with $15 million in 14-15 and $16.125 million in 15-16, which allowed the Heat to sign Luol Deng. Wade opted out and re-signed a one-year, $20 million deal for 15-16, but was unable to come to terms with the Heat in 2016 and signed with the Chicago Bulls.

Bosh, meanwhile, hasn't played for more than a season due to recurring blood clots.

Riley now wishes he would have said no to Bosh's max deal and given all of that available money to Wade.

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Bulls May Shift Course On Jimmy Butler's Future Due To Playoff Success

Apr 21, 2017 5:53 PM

Jimmy Butler's future with the Chicago Bulls may already be headed in a different direction due to their success so far against the Boston Celtics.

The Bulls narrowly reached the playoffs but then defeated the Celtics on the road in the first two games of their series.

Butler has been on the trade block over the past year but no deal has been consummated as the Bulls decide whether or not to rebuild.

“If they had gotten swept, they would have been inclined to blow it up,” says one source with ties to the Bulls. “But they're so ‘which way the wind is blowing.’ If they make it to the second round, they may talk themselves into trying to keep it together and build around Jimmy.”

The Celtics coincidentally were one of the teams most interested in trading for Butler. It was never clear how available Butler was or what the Bulls were asking in exchange for him.

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Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Thumb Fracture

Apr 21, 2017 11:17 AM

Rajon Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night.

Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture.

Surgery is not required for this injury, but he is out indefinitely.

Rondo has averaged 11.5 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds over the first two games of the playoffs.

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Dwyane Wade Attempting To Return From Elbow Injury On Saturday

Apr 5, 2017 10:11 PM

Dwyane Wade scrimmaged during parts of the Chicago Bulls' workout at Temple University and could return from his fractured right elbow before the end of the regular season.

The Bulls ruled Wade out for the remainder of the regular season after an MRI exam the next day, but he could now return for Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Wade is privately eyeing Saturday for his return barring setbacks.

"If he responds in a positive manner from the contact practice, we'll see," Fred Hoiberg told reporters. "I'm sure we'll have to have a little bit of a restriction on his minutes, but hopefully (we'll) get him back in a rhythm these last few games."


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Dwyane Wade Ramps Up Rehab From Fractured Right Elbow

Apr 4, 2017 9:15 PM

Dwyane Wade is "making progress" in his rehab of a fractured right elbow.

Wade was ruled out for the remainder of the regular season on March 15th but has been working harder in recent days to return.

"He's doing a lot," Fred Hoiberg said after shootaround Tuesday. "As far as shooting, there's no restrictions right now getting out there. Still not doing much contact. But he is ramping up activity, doing more and more every day. The biggest thing right now is to keep his conditioning and keep his wind, and if he is able to come back at some point this season he's not skipping a beat there."

If Wade sits out the rest of the regular season as expected, he will have missed 25 games this season because of rest and various injuries. 

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Jimmy Butler, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
Jimmy Butler helped the Bulls to a 3-0 week behind averages of 32.5 points (second in the East) and 6.0 assists, propelling Chicago to seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

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Jerry Krause Voted Into Hall Of Fame
Jerry Krause was general manager of the Bulls for all six of their titles in the 1990s.

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Exec: Jimmy Butler 'As Good As Gone'
Jimmy Butler has a player option in which he can become a free agent in 2019.

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Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez Each Suspended One Game
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation.

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Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka Ejected After Exchanging Punches
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka each threw punches before their ejection.


Jerry Krause Passes Away At 77
Jerry Krause was the longtime general manager of the Bulls when they won six titles in the 1990s.

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Dwyane Wade Out For Regular Season With Fracture In Elbow
Dwyane Wade will miss the remainder of the regular season with a small fracture in his elbow.

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Dwyane Wade May Opt Out Of $23.8M 17-18 Contract With Bulls
Dwyane Wade has a player option for the 17-18 season with the Bulls worth $23.8 million.

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Bulls Haven't Ruled Out Bringing Back Rajon Rondo For 17-18
The Bulls only owe Rajon Rondo $3 million of his 17-18 salary if they decide to not pick up their team option.

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Rajon Rondo 'Looking For A Straightforward Coach' In Next Stop
Rajon Rondo's experience with the Bulls has not been successful and he's often been blamed internally and in the media for their struggles.

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Bulls Remove Nikola Mirotic From Rotation
Nikola Mirotic will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Bulls Sought First Round Pick For Nikola Mirotic At Deadline
The Bulls had several serious discussions at the trade deadline involving Nikola Mirotic.

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Cameron Payne 'Wants To Be The Guy For The Bulls' Future'
The Bulls also targeted Cameron Payne in the 2015 draft.

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Anthony Morrow Will Stop Wearing Derrick Rose's No. 1 After Criticism From Fans
Anthony Morrow and Michael Carter-Williams each briefly wore No. 1 this season with the Bulls.

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Bulls Won't Buyout Rajon Rondo, View Him As Trade Piece In June
With Rondo on a partially guaranteed deal for the 17-18 season, the Bulls view Rajon Rondo as an attractive trade chip in June.

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Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks.

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Thunder Acquire Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson From Bulls For Cameron Payne
Taj Gibson will be a free agent in the offseason.

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Bulls, Thunder Discussing Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson, Andre Roberson, Cameron Payne
The Bulls have interest in Cameron Payne.

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Thunder Targeting Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

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76ers Call Bulls On Availability Of Jimmy Butler
Like the Celtics, the 76ers are capable of putting together an enticing package for Jimmy Butler with their combination of young players and future draft pick assets.

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