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Billy Donovan: Still No Timetable For Lonzo Ball Comeback

Dec 2, 2022 1:23 AM

Billy Donovan admitted that Lonzo Ball's recovery has been "really slow" and he still has no timetable for the guard's return.

“It’s been really slow. It’s gotten better, but is he clearly without any pain? No, he’s not. He still has pain.

"We’re seeing the slow, gradual strides getting better, but I just don’t have any timetable of when he could even be back," said Donovan on Wednesday.

Ball initially injured his left knee last January 14. He underwent his first surgery on January 28.

The Bulls previously expressed hope that Ball could return sometime in early 2023

Donovan added that Ball isn't close to the next step in his recovery.

“The next step is we’ve got to get him into some contact, but we’re not even close to that,” said Donovan.

 

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Bulls Hope Lonzo Ball Can Return In Early 2023

Nov 30, 2022 8:45 AM

The Chicago Bulls season hasn't gone quite as hoped for. Last year's Bulls got off to a terrific start before injuries derailed their season. This year's edition has gotten off to a slow start, but Chicago hopes that returns from injuries will lift them.

One of those returns hoped for is Lonzo Ball. Ball has had several fits and starts with his return from meniscus surgery. But Chicago is hopeful of having the veteran point guard back in their lineup shortly after the calendar flips to 2023.

Ball missed 47 games last season and has missed the Bulls first 20 games of this season. At one point, Ball had to be completely shut down during his rehab due to persistent pain. In recent weeks, Ball has made progress that has Chicago optimistic he'll return sometime in the coming months.

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Billy Donovan Signed Extension With Bulls Before Season

Nov 29, 2022 1:23 PM

The Chicago Bulls signed Billy Donovan to a contract extension before the start of the season.

Donovan had two more seasons remaining on his original four-year contract.

Donovan was hired by Arturas Karnisovas as head coach in 2020 shortly after he parted ways with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Nikola Vucevic Fined $15K For Obscene Gesture

Nov 12, 2022 1:23 AM

Nikola Vucevic was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Friday after making an obscene gesture during the Chicago Bulls' 115-111 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Vucevic raised his middle finger following a traveling call, though did not receive a technical foul in the moment.

Vucevic would receive his third technical foul of the season later in the game.

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NBA, NBPA Expected To Revisit Tampering Rules

Nov 1, 2022 8:46 AM

The NBA has attempted to crack down on teams tampering with opposing players in recent years. After a wave of punishments, the league and the NBPA are expected to revisit rules around tampering with pending free agents.

The NBA pushed the start of the free agent negotiating period up to 6:00 PM ET on June 30. This was after years of free agency opening at midnight on July 1, with many deals being agreed to immediately upon free agency opening. That six-hour head start still hasn't proven to be enough for many teams.

The league voided an agreed-to deal between the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings in the 2020 offseason, because the teams got an early jump on the negotiations. The Bucks were forced to forfeit a second-round pick for tampering with Bogdan Bogdanovic, who was set to be a restricted free agent.

The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat were also forced to forfeit second-round picks after jumping the gun on free agent negotiations. The Bulls and Heat had agreed to sign-and-trade deals too early with Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry, respectively.

This week, the NBA took away two second-round picks from the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers were punished after they were found to have reached early agreements with P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. In addition, the league is still in the midst of an investigation into the New York Knicks signing of Jalen Brunson.

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No Minutes Restriction For Zach LaVine Upon Return

Oct 22, 2022 5:48 PM

Zach LaVine is set to make his season-debut on Saturday night. The Chicago Bulls All-Star will do so without any sort of minutes restriction.

LaVine missed the Bulls first two games of the season after having a sore left knee at the end of the preseason. Chicago coach Billy Donovan said LaVine won't have his minutes restrict, but that playing the All-Star for 38 or more minutes wouldn't be ideal.

“He feels fine,” Donovan said about LaVine on Friday. “He was able to get work in and told me he felt good. Obviously yesterday (Thursday) was a very, very light day. He had player development guys out there guarding him, he was coming off screens, working on his ballhandling, using pick-and-rolls. He was doing his normal things. He needed a crisp workout, and he was able to do that.”

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Zach LaVine Questionable For Season Opener Due To Left Knee Injury Management

Oct 19, 2022 1:13 AM

Zach LaVine is listed as questionable for the Chicago Bulls' regular-season opener against the Miami Heat due to left knee injury management.

LaVine, who signed a five-year, $215 million extension this offseason, underwent knee surgery in May. 

Alex Caruso is also listed as probable due to a left calf contusion. 

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Bulls Sign And Waive Ethan Thompson

Oct 13, 2022 9:57 AM

The Chicago Bulls have signed-and-waived Ethan Thompson. Thompson is expected to join the Windy City Bulls for this upcoming G League season.

In 32 games (28 starts) with Windy City last season, Thomson averaged 11.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Thompson also played in Summer League for the Bulls over the last two offseasons.

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Bulls Sign-And-Waive Henri Drell

Oct 12, 2022 1:31 AM

The Chicago Bulls signed-and-waived Henri Drell, league sources told Keith Smith of Spotrac.

Drell is likely to play for the Windy City Bulls in the G League. 

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti (2022-23)

Oct 9, 2022 1:20 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Pacers (9:22), Magic (18:14), Pistons (25:11), Wizards (33:38), Hornets (39:47), Knicks (46:35), Bulls (52:17), Hawks (56:38), Raptors (1:03:39), Cavs (1:08:12), Heat (1:14:15), Nets (1:19:37), 76ers (1:29:33), Bucks (1:37:20) and Celtics (1:45:37).

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Bulls Waive Javon Freeman-Liberty

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Bulls Exercise Fourth-Year Option For Patrick Williams

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Lonzo Ball Could Return At Some Point During 22-23 Season

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Lonzo Ball 'Can't Run Or Jump' Due To Knee Pain, Says Missing Season Is 'Worst-Case Scenario'

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Lonzo Ball Out Another 4-6 Weeks With Arthroscopic Debridement On Left Knee

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Malcolm Hill Signs Two-Way Contract With Bulls

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Lonzo Ball 'Doubtful' For Start Of Regular Season Due To Discomfort In Knee

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Andre Drummond: I'll Go Down As The Best Rebounder Ever

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Carlik Jones Sign Camp Deal With Bulls

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He's Open To Playing For Bulls Later In Career

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Bulls Two-Way Player Justin Lewis Suffers Knee Injury

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

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DeMar DeRozan Signs Four-Year Deal With Nike

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

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

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

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Bulls Sign Javon Freeman-Liberty To Camp Contract

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

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