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Bulls Gauging Trade Value Of Nikola Mirotic, Robin Lopez

Dec 12, 2017 7:33 PM

The Chicago Bulls have made preliminary trade calls to gauge the value of Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez.

The Bulls are looking to add future assets in terms of draft picks.

Chicago is also below the salary cap floor, which could help teams avoid luxury tax penalties.

Mirotic initially wanted the Bulls to trade either him or Bobby Portis following their fight in practice before the start of the season.

Mirotic cannot be traded until January 15th and he also has veto power due his one-year Bird restriction.

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Bulls Assign Zach LaVine To G-League For Rehab

Dec 9, 2017 7:15 PM

The Chicago Bulls have assigned guard Zach LaVine to the Windy City Bulls.

LaVine is currently rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that took place on Feb. 3, 2017, vs. the Detroit Pistons.

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Nikola Mirotic Moves On Emotionally From Bobby Portis Incident

Dec 7, 2017 10:14 AM

Nikola Mirotic is likely to make his season debut on Friday and he appears to be moving on emotionally from his camp fight with Bobby Portis.

“I’m not angry at anyone,” Mirotic said. “I’m doing fine with myself. My family is great. There’s nothing to be angry about now. It’s all over. It’s a new beginning.”

Mirotic suffered a concussion and two broken facial bones.

Mirotic and Portis will attempt to remain professional while they remain teammates. Mirotic and Portis exchanged fist bumps during Wednesday's game.

Fred Hoiberg is pleased with where Mirotic is mentally.

“All he has talked about is the team,” Hoiberg said. “He wanted to be out there for them in practice. He wanted to be on the bench during the game supporting them. And then once he is ready to play again, he talked about doing whatever it takes to get us going and get the team a win.”


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Bulls Assign Kay Felder To Windy City

Dec 1, 2017 3:46 PM

The Chicago Bulls have assigned guard Kay Felder to the Windy City Bulls. 

Felder has appeared in 12 games for Chicago, averaging 4.3 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 10.5 minutes per game.

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Bulls Assign Zach LaVine, Nikola Mirotic To G League

Dec 1, 2017 10:16 AM

The Chicago Bulls have assigned Zach LaVine and Nikola Mirotić to the Windy City Bulls.

Both players have missed the first 19 games of the 2017-18 regular season due to injury. LaVine is currently rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that took place on Feb. 3, 2017, vs. the Detroit Pistons. Mirotić suffered from a concussion and maxillary fractures after an incident with teammate Bobby Portis on Oct. 17, 2017.

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Nikola Mirotic Accepts Bobby Portis' Apology, Ready To Move On

Nov 29, 2017 2:07 PM

Nikola Mirotic addressed the media as he nears return from injuries sustained from his in-practice fight with Bobby Portis.

Mirotic said he accepts the apology of Portis. Mirotic had previously requested the Bulls either trade him or Portis.

"I've been playing this game nine years professionally," said Mirotic. "I was always a good teammate, always professional with everybody. I'm going to continue to do that. If I'm here, it's because I want to support the team. He's a part of the team. I'm going to support him too"

While Mirotic is ready to move on, he isn't completely forgetting about the incident.

“I just know that right now the only goal – Bulls goal and my goal – is to make me get back with the team and practice together and get my strength back and as soon as I can, play with the team,’’ Mirotic said.

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Nikola Mirotic Close To Return, Still Not Speaking With Bobby Portis

Nov 27, 2017 11:53 AM

Nikola Mirotic continues to move closer to a return but he has yet to regain communication with Bobby Portis.

Mirotic suffered a concussion and two broken bones in his face during an in-practice fight with Portis in October.

"Niko had a really good week of workouts," said Fred Hoiberg. "He's continuing to ramp up his activity. He had good strength workouts and he's increasing his workload on the floor, so we're hoping to get him back with the team shortly."

Hoiberg also said Mirotic has been increasing his communication with his teammates.

"Guys have been good," Hoiberg said. "Niko's been in the building with our team; guys have been in there with him. He's still working on his own as he continues along the rehab process, but things have been going well from that standpoint."

Mirotic has yet to retract his request that the Bulls either trade him or Portis. The Bulls hope that Mirotic and Portis will be able to move past the altercation.

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Zach LaVine Cleared For Contact As He Recovers ACL

Nov 20, 2017 11:43 PM

Zach LaVine has been cleared for contact by the surgeon who repaired the torn ACL in his left knee in February.

The Chicago Bulls aren't sure when LaVine will return to game action but he's targeting mid- to late December.

“As long as I’m progressing and doing what I need to do on the court, this thing can go fast and I can be out there playing with the guys,” LaVine told reporters in Los Angeles.

The Bulls will bring LaVine along gradually over the next few weeks.

“It feels good mentally to be cleared,” LaVine told reporters. “My jumping and athleticism are good. (Bulls) training staff told (ElAttrache) that.

“All my strength numbers are there. We reiterated how I progressed (from a) muscular (standpoint). Physically, I’m more than capable (of) playing.”

“When you see him playing without hesitation, that will be an indication he’s ready,” Fred Hoiberg told reporters. “Just to watch him move and run gets you excited. You can do a lot of things with that athleticism.”

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Chicago To Host 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Nov 9, 2017 5:46 PM

The NBA All-Star Game will return to Chicago in 2020.

The All-Star Game was last held in Chicago in 1988 when Michael Jordan was named MVP and also won the Slam Dunk Contest.

United Center hasn't hosted an All-Star Game since it replaced Chicago Stadium.

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Bobby Portis 'Can't Control' Fallout Of Nikola Mirotic Situation

Nov 8, 2017 10:11 AM

Bobby Portis returned from his eight-game suspension on Tuesday but his future with the Chicago Bulls remains uncertain. Portis and Nikola Mirotic had a fight at practice that left Mirotic with a concussion and facial fracture. 

"No, I haven't talked to Niko," Portis said before the game.

In his first public comments after the fight last month, Portis said he texted and called Mirotic but did not hear back from him. On Tuesday, Portis noted that he has not tried to reach out to Mirotic since.

"I just let bygones be bygones with that," Portis said before the game. "I can't control that. Only thing I can control is myself at this point. I'm not worried about who goes, who stays. Only thing I'm worried about is coming in trying to play at the highest level possible. I'm living my dream right now. This is my dream. I've always wanted to play in the NBA. I'm here, and that's all I want to do at this point."

Portis didn't seem concerned with recent reports that Mirotic's representatives have made it clear to the Bulls that Mirotic isn't interested in sharing the floor with Portis again in Chicago.

"I'm just here to play basketball," Portis said before Tuesday's game. "I can't control who goes. I go, he goes, I don't control that. Only thing I can control is me coming in to work every day, working hard, being the same kid that I've always been. If I can continue to do that, then that's all I can really control."

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David Nwaba Out 2-4 Weeks With Severe Ankle Sprain
David Nwaba is wearing a walking boot after initially being on crutches.

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Bulls Preparing To Work Bobby Portis Back Into Rotation
Bobby Portis will come off his eight-game suspension for Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

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Zach LaVine Signs Four-Year, $35M Deal With Adidas
The structure of Zach LaVine's deal will reward him if he breaks out as an All-Star level player.

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Bulls Exercise Options On Dunn, Valentine, Grant, Payne, Portis
All five players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 18-19 season.

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Nikola Mirotic Prefers To Remain With Bulls
There's a growing sense Nikola Mirotic would find it difficult to remain teammates with Bobby Portis.

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Bulls Were Enticed By Idea Of Remaining Relevant By Signing Dwyane Wade
The Bulls' front office was shocked by how Dwyane Wade suddenly became available.

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Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler Had Several Heated Arguments In 15-16
Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler were initially very close friends as Chicago Bulls' teammates, but it became tumultuous during the 15-16 season.

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Bulls' Front Office Was Irked By Lack Of Credit During Thibodeau Era
John Paxson and Gar Forman wanted more input, such as how many minutes star players were given.

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Bobby Portis Publicly Apologizes To Nikola Mirotic
Bobby Portis said he is not concerned about any legal action Mirotic might take.

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Bulls 'Can't Put A Timeline' On Duration Of Rebuild
The Bulls are beginning a rebuild after trading away Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

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Bobby Portis Suspended Eight Games For Altercation With Nikola Mirotic
Bobby Portis will be able to practice with the team during his suspension.

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Nikola Mirotic Out Indefinitely After Being Punched In Face By Bobby Portis
Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis had a physical altercation during practice.

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Bulls Claims Kay Felder Off Waivers
Kay Felder was traded last week by the Cavaliers to the Hawks and subsequently waived.

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Bulls Likely To Re-Sign Zach LaVine In 2018
The Bulls are unlikely to extend Zach LaVine before Monday's deadline.

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Kris Dunn Out At Least Two Weeks With Finger Injury
Kris Dunn hurt his finger trying to contest a dunk from Sterling Brown.

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Bulls Sign Bronson Koenig To Camp Deal
Fred Hoiberg recruited Brandon Koenig when he was at Iowa State.

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Nikola Mirotic Agrees To Two-Year, $27M Deal With Bulls
Nikola Mirotic had faced an Oct. 1 deadline on a one-year, $7.2 million qualifying offer.

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Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls
Dwyane Wade gave up $8 million of his $23.8 million salary to leave the Bulls.

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Bulls Willing To Work With Dwyane Wade On Buyout
The Bulls have been engaged with Dwyane Wade's representatives on a buyout.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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