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Joakim Noah Retiring From Basketball

Mar 1, 2021 12:34 PM

Joakim Noah is retiring from basketball, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Noah is a two-time All-Star and a former Defensive Player of the Year.

Noah eventually plans to retire as a Bull. 

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Raptors Versus Bulls Postponed On Sunday Due To Contact Tracing

Feb 28, 2021 12:01 PM

Sunday's game between the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls was postponed due to contact tracing within the Raptors.

The game is the 34th postponement of the season so far.

In addition, it was announced on Saturday that Pascal Siakam would miss up until the All-Star break due to health and safety protocol. 

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

Feb 25, 2021 10:09 AM

Zach LaVine will become eligible to sign an extension with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason, but it will be limited to a four-year, $104 million contract. If LaVine waits until free agency in 2022, he could sign a four-year, $155 million deal with a rival team.

The reality of LaVine's extension situation means the Bulls will almost certainly have to wait for him to become a free agent for his future to be settled, which could make them more strongly consider a trade than they would otherwise.

LaVine made his first All-Star Game this season.

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

Feb 21, 2021 1:56 PM

Billy Donovan vouched for Zach LaVine to make the All-Star reserves following the Chicago Bulls' 122-114 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

LaVine scored 38 points on 15-of-20 shooting. He is currently averaging 28.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists on the season. 

"When you look at players that are All-Stars, you are saying they are playing at a high level individually and they are also raising the level of the team. I think Zach has done that," said Donovan after the game.

The All-Star reserves, voted on by coaches, are announced on Tuesday.

LaVine attributed his improvements to being more aware on the court, especially on the defensive end.

"I’m just working. I’ve gotten a lot better with it, especially just awareness. I’ve always been able to guard the ball. Athletically, I don’t feel like it’s a lot of guys who are more athletic than me that’s going to beat me off the dribble. But just being locked into coverages, watching film and knowing what the other team is going to do and the player that you’re guarding, try to take away what they do well.

"You’re not always going to be good at it, or it’s not always going to work. But at least just try to make him do something that he’s not good at."

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

Feb 16, 2021 4:12 PM

Zach LaVine described Thad Young as the MVP of the Chicago Bulls this season following the team's 120-112 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers.

"Thad (Young) has been, for me personally, the MVP of the team ... He does a little bit of everything. He can damn near average a triple-double. He makes up for our mistakes defensively, guards some of the best big men every night. Even if he's undersized, he knows how to play tricks with them. He has been great for us," said LaVine after the game.

LaVine had 30 points and 9 rebounds in the win, with Young adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. 

Young is averaging 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists on the season.

"He's a phenomenal pocket player. As a vet, he just thinks the game. He slows the game down for himself and it's pretty impressive, especially with the games I was out being able to really watch him. He's a great player and I see why he's been in this league for so long," added Wendell Carter.

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Bulls Rescheduled To Play Pistons On Wednesday Night

Feb 16, 2021 3:58 PM

The Chicago Bulls are now scheduled to play the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, league sources confirmed to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.

The Bulls' originally scheduled game against the Hornets was postponed due to contact tracing

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Bulls Reportedly Show Interest In Lonzo Ball

Feb 15, 2021 1:21 PM

The Chicago Bulls have shown interest in trading for Lonzo Ball, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Bulls and the Pelicans have yet to engage in trade talks.

Ball is currently averaging 13.4 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.5 rebounds this season. 

The Pelicans are reportedly willing to discuss trades involving Ball and J.J. Redick

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Chandler Hutchison Out Indefinitely Due To Personal Issue

Feb 10, 2021 1:19 AM

Chandler Hutchison is out indefinitely due to a personal issue, said Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan.

"The conversations I have had with him have been absolutely terrific. I give him a lot of credit. He's handled himself like a complete pro.

"But right now there's some things he needs to focus on personally and that's where his attention is at," said Donovan on Monday.

Hutchison has played in three out of eight games since returning from COVID-19.

Donovan said he didn't know when Hutchison would return, adding that their dialogue is "really transparent and open." 

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Lauri Markkanen Out 2-4 Weeks With Shoulder Injury

Feb 8, 2021 12:59 PM

Lauri Markkanen is expected to miss two to four weeks after an MRI confirmed his original diagnosis of a sprained right acromioclavicular joint.

Markkanen is in his fourth NBA season and is averaging a career-bests in scoring (19.1 ppg), shooting (51.4%), 3-point shooting (39.6%) while also adding 6.1 rebounds per game.

Markkanen will be a restricted free agent this offseason after he was unable to agree to terms with the Chicago Bulls on an extension.

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Warriors, Bulls Interested In Trading For Lonzo Ball

Feb 1, 2021 3:55 PM

The Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans have discussed a trade centered on Kelly Oubre Jr. for Lonzo Ball. The Chicago Bulls also have some level of interest in Ball.

The Warriors acquired Oubre from the Oklahoma City Thunder before the start of the season. Oubre will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Ball will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and has been inconsistent this season with the Pelicans.

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Knicks Still Monitoring Zach LaVine Situation With Bulls

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Wendell Carter Jr. Out At Least Four Weeks With Quad Contusion

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Grizzlies-Bulls On Wednesday Postponed Due To Health And Safety Protocols

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Billy Donovan Says Bulls 'Don't Know How' To Win Following Loss To Thunder

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Tomas Satoransky Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Chandler Hutchison Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Lauri Markkanen, Bulls Unlikely To Reach Deal On Extension

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Bulls Waive Zach Norvell Jr., Simi Shittu

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On East Over/Unders

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Noah Vonleh Tests Positive For COVID-19, Will Be Waived By Bulls

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Thad Young Is Day-To-Day With Left Leg Infection

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Pelicans Hire Gar Forman As Special Advisor

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Garrett Temple Recovering From COVID-19

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Noah Vonleh Agrees To One-Year Deal With Bulls

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Zach Norvell Agrees To One-Year Deal With Bulls

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Denzel Valentine Agrees To One-Year, $4.7M Deal With Bulls

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Garrett Temple Agrees To One-Year, $5M Deal With Bulls

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Ashton Hagans Agrees To Two-Way Contract With Wolves

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Bulls Agree To Sign Devon Dotson To Two-Way Deal

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Bulls Offer Wendell Carter, No. 4 To Warriors For No. 2

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