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Bulls Won't Rule Out Trading Jimmy Butler

Apr 14, 2016 11:11 AM

Gar Forman and John Paxson made clear that nobody on the Chicago Bulls' roster will be untouchable this offseason.

"We have to explore all options. With that said, Jimmy has had a fantastic year," said Paxson.

Paxson also admitted Butler and Derrick Rose didn't mesh together on a consistent basis.

Butler had an All-Star season and questioned how hard Fred Hoiberg was coaching the Bulls, comments that stuck with both parties the rest of the season.

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Bulls Retain Fred Hoiberg, Gar Forman, John Paxson

Apr 14, 2016 12:34 AM

The Chicago Bulls will retain Gar Forman as general manager and Fred Hoiberg as head coach despite missing the playoffs.

"Gar and I are accountable for what this team did this year," executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. "We don't run away from it. We accept it. That's on us."

Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement backing his management team and thanking fans for sticking with a team that "fell far short of our expectations."

Reinsdorf vowed to be "strategic and aggressive" in improving the team, promising the "resources needed."

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Derrick Rose: I Love The Way I Played This Season

Apr 11, 2016 4:22 PM

After playing in just 61 games over three seasons combined, Derrick Rose played in 66 games this season.

Rose overcame a slow start due to vision issues following surgery to repair a left orbital fracture to average 16.4 points and 4.7 assists on 42.7 percent shooting.

"I love the way I played this season," Rose said.

Rose said he believes the Chicago Bulls still have enough talent to win a championship despite missing the playoffs this season.

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Bulls Find Keeper In Cristiano Felicio

Apr 11, 2016 12:48 AM

The Chicago Bulls have been encouraged by the emergence of Cristiano Felicio this season.

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

Fred Hoiberg said Felicio will work out with the Bulls this summer, but he could miss summer league because of a national team commitment as Brazil hosts the Olympics.

"I just try to bring energy and a defensive mindset," Felicio said.

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Jimmy Butler Skips Bulls' Flight To New Orleans

Apr 10, 2016 10:56 PM

Jimmy Butler did not fly with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday to New Orleans ahead of their game on Monday.

Butler had a family commitment and would fly to New Orleans later on Sunday and he plans on playing against the Pelicans.

"It's the first time he hasn't flown with the team,'' one source said. "But he will play tomorrow for sure.''

Butler's agent, Happy Walters, said he was unaware that his client was not on the team plane.

"Maybe he had stuff to take care of,'' Walters said. "Whatever he's doing, he'll be at the game.''

The Bulls have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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Fred Hoiberg Not Sure If He'd Coach Bulls Harder Next Season

Apr 9, 2016 7:17 PM

Fred Hoiberg talked about how comments from Jimmy Butler about how hard he coaches the team took on a life of their own on whether the players respond to him.

Butler said in mid-December that Hoiberg needed to coach the Bulls a lot harder.

"When I go back and look at different segments of the season, you know, we got off to a pretty solid start with this thing," said Hoiberg. Then some things happened. I think most of the that comes from the one comment that was made after the New York game by Jimmy. We have had some pretty heated moments with our group, in the locker roo, in film session.

"Would I change it? Would I be more vocal, more direct? Maybe. We’ll evaluate that when we go into the offseason."

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Bulls Would Prefer To Re-Sign Joakim Noah Over Pau Gasol

Apr 9, 2016 1:11 PM

The Chicago Bulls would like to re-sign Joakim Noah on a short-term deal.

Noah has been a favorite player and ambassador of Jerry Reinsdorf, while John Paxson has a genuine bond with Noah.

The Bulls are more likely to part ways with Pau Gasol this offseason despite having the chance to trade him to the Sacramento Kings at the deadline.

Noah remains invested enough in the team to question Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose for their silence at the April 3 team meeting.

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Jobs Of Bulls' Front Office Likely Tied To Success Or Failure Of Fred Hoiberg

Apr 1, 2016 7:39 PM

The Chicago Bulls almost certainly will retain Fred Hoiberg this offseason.

Hoiberg was fired after the Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau after they were eliminated in the second round of last year's playoffs.

Gar Forman and John Paxson had a difficult working relationship with Thibodeau towards the end of his tenure and Hoiberg was the probable candidate to replace him for months.

"Hoiberg is management's guy now and they are on the line for his success," said Wojnarowski. "Management can't fire Tom Thibodeau with $9 million left on his deal and then (fire) Hoiberg with $20 million remaining over four years on his contract.

"Paxson and Forman have to reshape the roster and support Hoiberg, which is unusual for them. Mostly Bulls' management is used to blaming and undermining its coach. Now, they have to understand their own job security is liked tied to Hoiberg's success or failure on the job."

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Bulls No Longer Sure Pau Gasol 'Part Of Core'

Apr 1, 2016 12:48 PM

The Chicago Bulls are softening their public stance that Pau Gasol "is part of the core."

Gar Forman made those comments at the deadline when Gasol appeared in trade rumors.

The Sacramento Kings reportedly had strong interest in trading for Gasol.

Gasol chose the Bulls in the offseason of 2014 but he now appears open-minded to entertaining offers from other teams when he hits free agency.

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Jimmy Butler Doesn't Plan On Leaving Bulls, Proud To Be Part Of Franchise

Apr 1, 2016 12:46 PM

Fred Hoiberg called speculation that Jimmy Butler trade talk emanates from a damaged relationship between him and Butler "completely false."

Butler is in the first season of a new contract with the Chicago Bulls.

Several teams, including the Boston Celtics, inquired about the availability of Butler at the deadline.

"I don't plan on going anywhere," said Butler. "I can't control what everybody else does. I know that this is the city that I love, Chicago. And I want to wear that jersey. I want to wear that name on the front, and I wear it proudly. All I got to do is continue to control what I can control. That's try to help this team win games."

Butler ripped Hoiberg after a December loss, saying he had to "coach harder."

"To tell you the truth, I don't pay attention to the rumors," Butler said. "Somebody sent [the story] to me today, and I just clicked off of it. I mean, why am I getting in [to the speculation]? I can't control it. I can't say don't do this or don't do that. That's not my job. If I do what I'm supposed to do on the floor, then everything else takes care of itself. I'm a firm believer in that."


Hoiberg said his relationship with Butler has improved since the comments.

"I haven't heard anything about [the report]," Hoiberg said before the game. "But again, I don't read a lot right now. I think Jimmy and I have a really good relationship right now. I've been communicating a lot with him. Since he had the injury and has come back we've really limited his time. He hasn't done much in shootaround just to try and save his legs for the game. I obviously think the world of him for how hard he pushes himself and how much he's just improved his game over the years with his work ethic. I think that rubs off onto the other guys. So Jimmy absolutely is a very important part to this team."

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Taj Gibson Out Indefinitely With Fractured Rib
Taj Gibson believes "without a doubt" he'll play again this season.

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Celtics, Other Teams Called Bulls On Jimmy Butler At Deadline
Several teams are expected to try again on trading for Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

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Jimmy Butler May Need Offseason Knee Surgery
Jimmy Butler hasn't been playing nearly as well since injuring the knee on Feb. 5.

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Jimmy Butler Has 'No Issues' In Left Knee After Getting 2nd Opinion
Jimmy Butler experienced swelling in his knee after returning to game action on Saturday.

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Jimmy Butler Seeks 2nd Opinion On Knee From Dr. James Andrews
The Bulls said the latest exam from their own team physician, Brian Cole, revealed nothing structurally wrong with the knee.

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Jimmy Butler Has Swelling In Knee One Game Into Return
Jimmy Butler returned to action on Saturday after a month-long absence.

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Pau Gasol Prefers To Re-Sign With Bulls
Pau Gasol says he will opt for free agency this offseason but the Bulls remain his preferred option.

Derrick Rose: I Just Feel Like I'm Back
Derrick Rose has averaged 19.2 points per game since the start of 2016.

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Kobe Bryant Talks About Two Times He Could Have Joined Bulls
Kobe Bryant said he "very much" thought he had a chance of joining the Bulls in 2004 as a free agent.

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Clippers Talked C.J. Wilcox For Tony Snell, Wilcox For Shabazz Napier Trades
The Clippers discussed a trade of CJ Wilcox in multiple scenarios.

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Bulls View Pau Gasol As 'Part Of Core'
Pau Gasol is likely to elect for free agency in the offseason.

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Kirk Hinrich Traded By Bulls To Hawks For 2nd Round Pick
The Bulls have traded Kirk Hinrich to the Hawks for a second round pick.

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Bulls, Magic Discussing Shabazz Napier Trade
The Magic acquired Shabazz Napier from the Heat last year.

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Kings, Bulls Discussing Pau Gasol Trade
The Kings would acquire Pau Gasol and Tony Snell from the Bulls for Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and the lowering of lottery protections on a pick owed by Sacramento to Chicago.

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Pau Gasol Interested In Signing Extension With Bulls
Pau Gasol is expected to decline his $7.4 million contract option for the 16-17 season.

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Bulls Aggressively Shopping Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol is expected to decline the player option on the $7.4 million owed him in 2016-17.

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Jimmy Butler Out 3-4 Weeks With Strained Left Knee
Jimmy Butler has begun rehabbing his injury and he will be allowed to engage in all activities.

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Pau Gasol Replaces Jimmy Butler In All-Star Game
Pau Gasol has averaged 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.02 blocks per game.

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Jimmy Butler Has Left Knee Strain
The timeline for Jimmy Butler's return to play will be determined by further evaluation in Chicago and his response to treatment.

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Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose Feel Chemistry Improving
Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose have only played 92 regular season games together since Butler became a full time starter.

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