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Bulls Agree To Contract With Marko Simonovic

Jul 14, 2021 5:09 PM

The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a contract with Marko Simonovic.

Simonovic was the 44th overall pick by the Bulls in the 2020 draft. 

Simonovic averaged 15.1 points, 9.1 re bounds and 1.6 assists in 35 games last season with KK Mega Bemax.

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Dennis Schroder Seeks Bigger Role, Payday Than Lakers Appear Willing To Provide

Jul 14, 2021 3:25 PM

Dennis Schroder is seeking a greater role and salary than the Los Angeles Lakers appear willing to offer as he hits free agency.

Schroder declined a four-year, $84 million extension offer from the Lakers during the season.

The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are expected to pursue Schroder, who could be acquired via a sign-and-trade with the cooperation of the Lakers. The Knicks have enough cap space to sign Schroder outright.

The Lakers acquired Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder last offseason for their 2020 first round pick and Danny Green.

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Pelicans Unlikely To Match If Lonzo Ball Signs Significant Offer Sheet

Jul 13, 2021 11:30 AM

If Lonzo Ball signs a significant offer sheet with a rival team in restricted free agency, sources tell The Athletic that the New Orleans Pelicans are unlikely to match.

The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams expected to pursue Ball.

Ball had a productive season with the Pelicans in 20-21, averaging 14.6 points while shooting 37.8 percent on three-pointers.

The Pelicans acquired Ball in 2019 as part of the Anthony Davis trade.

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Zach LaVine, Jerami Grant Become Team USA's Final Commits For Olympics

Jun 23, 2021 3:35 PM

Zach LaVine and Jerami Grant have committed to the United States for the Tokyo Olympics to complete their 12-man roster.

James Harden has withdrawn as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

The United States has also received commitments from Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, Kevin Love, Bam Adebayo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton. 

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Tags: Jerami Grant, Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

Coby White Out Four Months With Shoulder Surgery

Jun 10, 2021 5:19 PM

Coby White has undergone successful surgery on a left shoulder injury sustained while engaged in basketball activities away from the Chicago Bulls.

White will be reevaluated in four months.

White averaged 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 31.2 minutes in his second NBA season. 

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Al-Farouq Aminu To Exercise $10.2M Option With Bulls For 21-22

May 18, 2021 2:05 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu intends to exercise his $10.2 million player option for the 21-22 season with the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls acquired Aminu as part of the Nikola Vuceivc trade at the deadline with the Chicago Bulls.

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Bulls, Knicks Interested In Lonzo Ball In Restricted Free Agency

May 17, 2021 7:39 PM

Lonzo Ball is expected to have a competitive restricted free agency with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Chicago Bulls held serious trade talks at the deadline with the Pelicans for Ball.

“Ball in Chicago will be an interesting one to watch,” said Adrian Wojnarowski on the Woj & Lowe Podcast.

The New York Knicks are another team expected to have interest in Ball.

“I think Lonzo will get a pretty good number whether it’s Chicago or New York or some other places.”

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Zach LaVine Might Take Slight Discount To Help Bulls Build Out Roster

May 13, 2021 11:13 AM

Zach LaVine might be willing to take a slight discount with the Chicago Bulls if it means the team is able to add key role players around him, sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times.

Before the start of the 20-21 season, several outlets reported that it was important for LaVine to sign for max money moving forward.

LaVine is finishing his fourth season with the Bulls and his seventh in the NBA. LaVine has yet to reach the playoffs in any of them.

“I’ve been making strides each and every year,’’ LaVine said. “I’m going to continue to do that. But it’s not about me. I would love to have just the opportunity to go out there and play and compete and showcase what I can do on a bigger stage. I’m going to get there. But we just have to work for it.’’

LaVine signed a four-year, $80 million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings in 2018 that the Bulls matched. 

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Zach LaVine To Return From COVID-19 On Thursday

May 5, 2021 11:03 AM

Zach LaVine plans to return to the Chicago Bulls lineup on Thursday against the Charlotte Hornets.

LaVine hasn't played since April 14th due to COVID-19 protocols. 

LaVine is averaging 27.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season. 

The Chicago Sun-Times previously confirmed LaVine tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Lauri Markkanen Focused On Play-In, Not Free Agency

May 3, 2021 5:34 PM

While the Chicago Bulls continue to push for a possible playoff spot, the future of Lauri Markkanen with the franchise remains entirely unclear. Markkanen will be a restricted free agent.

“Up and down in that way,” Markkanen told reporters after Monday’s shootaround when asked to summarize his season. “Start of the season I got the COVID thing so I couldn’t play, and then I felt like I was playing well for whatever, a month-and-a-half period before I got hurt, kind of found my rhythm there, and then you sit out… And then we got a little bit different team now (after the deadline) and playing [small forward], so it’s been a lot of new stuff. 

“But like every year you have your good moments and you have your bad stuff happening. I think I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can, and learn new stuff on the fly.”

Markkanen hasn't begun to look ahead to the offseason yet.

“I haven’t thought about that at all. I let all that kind of stuff happen its own way after the season,” Markkanen said when asked if he thinks this season could be his last with the Bulls. “I can’t focus on that. What do we got? Eight games left? Just try and make this play-in spot, and that’s my focus right now. Like I said, I’m going to give it all I have, and I’m not thinking about the future right now. I can’t control that, so I don’t know.’’

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New Oral History Details Knicks' Pursuit Of Michael Jordan In 1996

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Zach LaVine Out Several Games After Entering COVID-19 Protocol

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Knicks, Bulls Considered Top Threats To Sign Lonzo Ball

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Bulls Would Need To Do Renegotiation And Extend To Sign Zach LaVine Long-Term In 2021

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Celtics Tried To Trade For Nikola Vucevic

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Bulls Acquire Daniel Theis From Celtics

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Wizards Trade Troy Brown, Mo Wagner To Bulls For Daniel Gafford, Chandler Hutchinson

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Bulls Acquire Nikola Vucevic From Magic For Wendell Carter, Two FRPs

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Bulls Considered Team To Watch For Lonzo Ball Trade

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Bulls Listening To Trade Offers On Lauri Markkanen

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Hawks, Bulls Interested In Lonzo Ball

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Bulls More Likely To Trade Lauri Markkanen Than Thaddeus Young

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Billy Donovan To Insert Tomas Satoransky, Thaddeus Young Into Starting Lineup

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Otto Porter, Bulls Could Agree To Buyout; Warriors Would Have Interest

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Joakim Noah Retiring From Basketball

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Raptors Versus Bulls Postponed On Sunday Due To Contact Tracing

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Zach LaVine's Extension Would Be $51M Less Than Waiting For 2022 Free Agency

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Billy Donovan Says Zach LaVine Is 'Deserving Of Being An All-Star'

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Zach LaVine Says Thad Young Is 'MVP Of The Team'

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Bulls Rescheduled To Play Pistons On Wednesday Night

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