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Bulls Two-Way Player Justin Lewis Suffers Knee Injury

Aug 12, 2022 9:07 AM

Chicago Bulls rookie wing Justin Lewis suffered what may be a serious knee injury. Lewis is signed to a Two-Way contract with Chicago.

Lewis was injured during an independent offseason workout. The Bulls have fears that Lewis may have a torn ACL.

The 6-foot-7 wing played for Chicago during Summer League and averaged 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Lewis went undrafted out of Marquette at the 2022 NBA Draft and the Bulls agreed to a Two-Way deal with him shortly after the draft.

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Nikola Vucevic, Bulls To Have 'Initial Discussions' Over Contract Extension

Aug 6, 2022 1:36 PM

Nikola Vucevic and the Chicago Bulls will engage in discussions over a potential contract extension at the start of training camp, sources told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Vucevic is entering the last year of his contract worth $22 million.

Cowley adds that both sides are looking to extend Vucevic's time in Chicago.

The Bulls could sign Vucevic to a one-year extension with a player option for the 2024-25 season to align with the contracts of Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. 

 

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DeMar DeRozan Signs Four-Year Deal With Nike

Aug 1, 2022 4:04 PM

DeMar DeRozan has signed a four-year deal with Nike that will keep him as the featured player of Kobe Bryant's line.

DeRozan is known for wearing both retro and unreleased Kobe sneakers.

DeRozan was an All-NBA player in 2022, his first season with the Chicago Bulls.

A previous deal between Nike and Bryant's estate expired in April 2021 and a long-term deal wasn't reached until March of this year.

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DeMar DeRozan Says He Was In 'Dark Place' And 'Depressed' During 2021 Free Agency

Jul 29, 2022 9:28 AM

DeMar DeRozan signed a three-year, $81.9 million contract with the Chicago Bulls last offseason. However, before that deal was signed, DeRozan dealt with uncertainty about his future and self-doubt about his free agency.

The five-time All-Star said that last summer didn't go as planned for him. At one point DeRozan thought he was headed to play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. That deal fell through, and that put him in a "dark place".

"Big names always kinda sign in the first day or two. I went a couple days into free agency with still such a question mark. Was I gonna go somewhere on a one-year deal? Was I gonna take the minimum? The narrative of it ... it put me in such a f*cked up place," DeRozan said. "I remember through that whole time it was three, four days I didn't leave out the room. I didn't see the sunset, I didn't see the sun come up ... I was depressed, it put me in a depressed mindset cause I didn't know what the f*ck was gonna happen."

DeRozan said the opportunity with the Chicago Bulls was one he was determined to make the most of.

“When the Chicago thing came around and I made that happen, it was such a relief. But at the same time, it angered me and put me in a very frustrating mental place. I’m about to demolish anything you gotta say about me,” DeRozan said. “I’m not going to say nothing. I’m just going to work my ass off. And I’m going to prove not just for myself but for anybody who feel like they get counted out, they get doubted or get told that they can’t do something.

“My whole career has kind of been based off that. But I never let it bring me completely down. It knocked me down. But I got back up. And for me, that moment of going to Chicago, I just told myself, ‘This is a new opportunity. I’m going to make the most out of it in every type of way.’”

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Lonzo Ball's Recovery Not At The Speed Bulls Would Like

Jul 15, 2022 9:33 AM

Lonzo Ball was shut down for the season in mid-January due to soreness in his left knee. Ball ultimately had surgery to correct a torn meniscus. At the time it was expected the Chicago Bulls guard would return in six-to-eight weeks, but he ended up missing the rest of the season.

Six months later, the Bulls aren't much more optimistic about Ball's recovery. Chicago VP of basketball ops Arturas Karnisovas was candid about where Ball is at.

“He’s progressing. That’s as much as I can say,” Karnisovas said during the NBA TV telecast. “He’s getting better — probably not at the speed that we would like, but he is getting better. Hopefully he’s going to be ready for training camp, (but) that’s just our hopes.”

Ball had attempted to return last season but had pain as he ramped up his activity level. At that time, it was revealed Ball was also dealing with a bone bruise, which hampered his ability to work out.

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Zach LaVine: It Would Have Been Disrespectful To Meet With Other Teams

Jul 12, 2022 9:56 AM

Zach LaVine signed a five-year $215 max deal with the Chicago Bulls in free agency this summer. That was expected, but there was a point where it seemed like LaVine might meet with some other teams.

That plan quickly changed, according to LaVine.

‘‘I went into the offseason with an open mind,’’ LaVine said. ‘‘Once I was able to meet with (Bulls GM) Marc [Eversley] and (VP of basketball operations) AK (Arturas Karnisovas) and they came to me with everything that I wanted, there was no other reason for me to go outside and look at any other teams.

‘‘I think that would have been, for me, disrespectful on my end because they gave me everything that I asked for.’’

LaVine also said he's feeling good after offseason surgery.

‘‘Just had a run-of-the-mill knee scope,’’ LaVine said. ‘‘I feel way better. I’ve been rehabbing, working out, playing, lifting, doing all the good stuff... and boring stuff, too.’’

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Bulls Sign Javon Freeman-Liberty To Camp Contract

Jul 10, 2022 8:43 AM

The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Javon Freeman-Liberty to a non-guaranteed training camp contract. The 6-foot-4 guard went undrafted out of DePaul at the 2022 NBA Draft.

Freeman-Liberty averaged 21.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a senior. He was a four-year starter, splitting his college years between Valparaiso and DePaul.

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Goran Dragic, Bulls Agree To One-Year, $2.9M Deal

Jul 3, 2022 3:32 PM

Goran Dragic and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal.

Dragic finished last season with the Brooklyn Nets after he was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors as part of the Kyle Lowry trade.

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Derrick Jones Jr., Bulls Agree To Two-Year, $6.6M Deal

Jul 1, 2022 2:34 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million deal.

Jones will have a player option for Year 2.

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Zach LaVine, Bulls Agree To Five-Year, $215M Extension

Jul 1, 2022 11:59 AM

The Chicago Bulls and Zach LaVine have agreed to a five-year, $215.2 million maximum contract extension.

LaVine will hold a player option in Year 5 with the deal.

LaVine has been an All-Star in each of the past two seasons, averaging 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists as he also reached the playoffs for the first time in his career. 

Rich Paul and Lucas Newton represent LaVine.

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Bulls Remain Confident Zach LaVine Will Sign Five-Year, $215M Deal

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Andre Drummond, Bulls Agree To Two-Year, $6.6M Deal

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