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NBA's Tampering Investigations Into Bulls, Heat Remain Ongoing

Oct 19, 2021 9:32 AM

At his annual State of the NBA address, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was asked for an update on the tampering investigations into the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. Silver only said, "That process is still ongoing."

Both the Bulls and Heat are being investigated for circumventing free agency rules by entering into early agreements with Lonzo Ball (Chicago) and Kyle Lowry (Miami). It's believe that both the Bulls and Heat are facing fines and potential loss of draft picks, if it is found they jumped the gun in free agency.

There is past precedent here, as the Milwaukee Bucks were made to forfeit a 2022 second round pick. The Bucks were found to have illegally agreed to acquire Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Sacramento Kings via a sign-and-trade transaction, before free agency had opened.

In Lowry's case, as soon as 2021 free agency opened it was reported that the Heat, Lowry and Toronto Raptors had agreed to a sign-and-trade transaction sending Lowry to Miami. This type of deal involves the player negotiation a contract with the new team, and then the two teams agreeing on trade parameters.

For Ball, it was a similar situation between himself, the Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans. Like Lowry, Ball's deal was reported just moments after free agency opened.

NBA teams are not allowed to negotiate contract terms, nor sign-and-trade agreements, until after free agency opens. It's a regular occurrence for contract terms to be announced seconds after the negotiating period is live. It is rare for those deals to involve somewhat complex sign-and-trade agreements.

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Five Players Earn Contracts After Camp Invites

Oct 17, 2021 10:23 AM

It's relatively rare for a player on a non-guaranteed training camp deal to earn a regular season roster spot. This is generally limited to one player every few years. This offseason, five players outplayed their camp invite status and seem to have stuck for the regular season.

This group includes: Isaiah Hartenstein (LA Clippers), Wayne Selden (New York Knicks), Dennis Smith Jr. (Portland Trail Blazers), Matt Thomas (Chicago Bulls), Brad Wanamaker (Indiana Pacers). Armoni Brooks could be included in this grouping as well, but his situation was somewhat unique given his re-signed status and conversion process as a former Two-Way player.

When a player makes an opening night roster on a training camp deal, their contract converts to a standard non-guaranteed contract. Prior to that happening, a camp deal doesn't count against the salary cap or tax, and there is no guaranteed salary.

Prior to this season, Dwight Howard was the last player to go from camp invite to roster. Howard made the Los Angles Lakers roster out of camp in 2019.

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Tags: Isaiah Hartenstein, Wayne Selden, Dennis Smith, Matt Thomas, Brad Wanamaker, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Convert Tyler Cook To Two-Way Contract

Oct 16, 2021 10:00 PM

The Chicago Bulls have converted the contract of Tyler Cook to a Two-Way deal.

Cook finished last season with the Detroit Pistons and was waived before the start of the offseason. 

Cook averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds across 32 games with the Pistons and Brooklyn Nets.

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Tags: Tyler Cook, Chicago Bulls, Windy City Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Bulls Waive Bryce Alford

Oct 15, 2021 10:05 AM

The Chicago Bulls have waived guard Bryce Alford. Alford was signed to a non-guaranteed training camp contract.

Alford is expected to join the Windy City Bulls of the G League as an Affiliate Player.

Chicago still has three more transactions to make to get into regular season roster compliance. Tyler Cook, Stanley Johnson and Matt Thomas all remain with the Bulls in competition for the team's final roster spots.

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Bulls Waive Daniel Oturu, Ethan Thompson

Oct 11, 2021 3:24 PM

The Chicago Bulls have waived center Daniel Oturu and guard Ethan Thompson.

Both players saw action in two preseason games for the Bulls. Oturu averaged 2.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, while Thompson averaged 1.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 18. 

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DeMar DeRozan Initially Thought He Was Lakers' Offseason Priority

Sep 27, 2021 12:45 PM

Following the Los Angeles Lakers' exit in the first round of the playoffs, the front office explored trading for stars such as Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook. LeBron James setting up a war room of his own at his Brentwood estate for some in-person player meetings while leading remote communications in other conversations.

DeRozan took part in two meetings with James and also kept in touch via phone. DeRozan came away from the meetings believing he was the Lakers' priority, but as the process unfolded he was concerned about a perceived disconnect between the Lakers' stars and the front office. 

The group focused first on Lillard and Beal, but there was no viable path to trading for either of them considering their teams' asking prices. 

Rob Pelinka eventually locked in on a deal for Buddy Hield over a sign-and-trade for DeRozan before they shifted to a Westbrook trade. 

DeRozan eventually went to the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade.

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Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Sign Daniel Oturu To Camp Deal

Sep 27, 2021 8:26 AM

The Chicago Bulls have signed Daniel Oturu on a camp deal.

The Memphis Grizzlies waived Oturu last week.

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Patrick Williams Out 4-6 Weeks With Severe Ankle Sprain

Sep 24, 2021 12:38 PM

Patrick Williams sustained a severe sprain of his left ankle during an optional individual workout on Sept. 15.

Williams is currently undergoing daily treatment and is anticipated to make a full return in 4-to-6 weeks.

Williams is entering his second season with the Chicago Bulls.

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Ryan Arcidiacono, Celtics Agree To Camp Deal

Sep 23, 2021 9:19 PM

Ryan Arcidiacono has agreed to a training camp deal with the Boston Celtics.

Arcidiacono spent his first four NBA seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

Arcidiacono worked out for the Golden State Warriors this week. 

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Tags: Ryan Arcidiacono, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Zach LaVine, Bulls Discussed Extension Before Free Agency

Sep 23, 2021 6:07 PM

Zach LaVine is entering the final season of his current contract with the Chicago Bulls and he has publicly indicated that this season will be critical in determining the direction of the team.

"At the end of the day it's a business," LaVine told ESPN on Thursday. "They did what was best for the team and I will continue to go out there and do what's best for the team as well. This season going forward is going to be extremely crucial not just for me but for everybody. Winning would take care of everything."

LaVine said he'd outplayed his contract and he "wanted his respect" in hopes of getting a contract extension this offseason.

The Bulls would have had to use cap space to sign LaVine to an extension to boost his $19.5 million salary.

The Bulls and LaVine did have extension discussions before free agency but were unable to find common ground. Chicago instead used their cap space on Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso.

"It showed they're all in to win and we're transforming the team to be competitive," said LaVine. "We have a whole new team ... we're going to hit the ground running. I was very happy with the offseason."

After not getting a new contract, LaVine left his old agents and signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports after the Olympics.

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Tags: Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Exercise 22-23 Options On Coby White, Patrick Williams

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Scott Perry Wanted Knicks To Pursue DeMar DeRozan In Free Agency

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Bulls Sign Tyler Cook To Camp Deal

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Alize Johnson, Bulls Agree To Two-Year, $3.6M Deal

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Bulls Sign Matt Thomas

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Stanley Johnson, Bulls Agree To Deal

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Paul Millsap Receiving Interest From Nets, Warriors, Bulls, Clippers

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Lauri Markkanen Fully Expected He'd End Up With Spurs

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Zach LaVine Leaves BDA Sports, Plans To Sign With Klutch

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Cavaliers, Blazers, Bulls Agree To Lauri Markkanen, Larry Nance Jr. Deal

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Devon Dotson Signs Qualifying Offer From Bulls

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Bulls Sign Ayo Dosunmu To Guaranteed Two-Year Deal

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Lonzo Ball's Deal With Bulls Has $1M Per Season In Unlikely Bonuses

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Lauri Markkanen Receiving Interest From Mavs, Pelicans, Wolves, Celtics

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Cristiano Felicio Signs With Ratiopharm Ulm

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Pelicans Interested In Lauri Markkanen Sign-And-Trade With Bulls Seeking First Rounder

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NBA Investigating Tampering With Bulls, Heat

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