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Nikola Mirotic Agrees To Two-Year, $27M Deal With Bulls

Sep 25, 2017 1:13 AM

Nikola Mirotic has re-signed with the Chicago Bulls on a two-year, $27 million deal.

Mirotic and the Bulls held talks throughout the offseason on a longer deal but settled for a short-term contract.

Mirotic had faced an Oct. 1 deadline on a one-year, $7.2 million qualifying offer.

Mirotic had an accomplished professional career with Spain’s Real Madrid before joining the Bulls in 2014 on a three-year contract.

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Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls

Sep 24, 2017 10:18 PM

Dwyane Wade has agreed upon a contract buyout with the Chicago Bulls.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are considered the leaders for Wade once he clears waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Oklahoma City Thunder could also express interest in Wade.

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

Sep 21, 2017 11:00 AM

The Chicago Bulls are willing to work with Dwyane Wade on a buyout agreement.

"First of all, we haven't heard directly from Dwyane," said John Paxson. "We've talked to his representatives. Gar's been on the phone with his guy several times in the last weeks, so some dialogue is going on. We haven't heard directly from Dwyane. But we understand where he is at this time of his career. We're more than willing to work with him.

"But as I said when we had the press conference to introduce the new players after the draft, we have to always do what's in our best interest. So there has to be something that is mutually agreed upon. It can't be something the player wins because that's what he wants. We have to do what's in our best interest.

"Like I said, Gar's having dialogue. We want to work with Dwyane because we respect him very much. If he doesn't want to be here, then we want to do it. But again, the bottom line is always, and it has to be, that we have to do what's in our best interest."

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 21, 2017 12:43 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Bulls (2:38), Hawks (8:04), Nets (12:18), Knicks (16:42), Pacers (23:09), Magic (30:03), Pistons (37:10), 76ers (44:03), Hornets (57:50), Heat (1:03:04), Bucks (1:08:44), Wizards (1:22:04), Raptors (1:28:30), Cavs (1:35:52) and Celtics (1:52:18).

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Bulls Hire Doug Collins As Senior Advisor Of Basketball Ops

Sep 19, 2017 10:43 AM

The Chicago Bulls have hired Doug Collins as a Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations. In his new role with the club, Collins will report to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson.

One of the most respected figures in all of basketball, Collins returns to the Bulls with more than 40 years of experience in the NBA. In this capacity, he will serve as an expert resource for the front office and coaching staff.

“Doug will be great in this capacity for our organization. The position of ‘senior advisor’ has proven to work well around the NBA in recent years, and I am confident the same will hold true with the Bulls,” said Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “The fact that our relationship goes back more than 30 years certainly helps, but he is especially qualified to assist our leadership in rebuilding the Bulls.”

“People who know me know the respect that I have for Jerry, Michael, and the Chicago Bulls organization. I am looking forward to getting started and helping everyone,” said Collins. “To be able to stay involved in the NBA and work with John, Gar, Fred and their respective staffs, while not having to leave my family and continuing to live in one of the greatest cities in the world—the fit couldn't be any better for me at this point in my life.”

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Bulls Sign Diamond Stone

Sep 14, 2017 12:17 PM

The Chicago Bulls have signed center Diamond Stone.

Stone (6-11, 255) was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 40th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and landed with the L.A. Clippers after a draft-night trade. In 2016-17, Stone averaged 1.4 points in 3.4 minutes through seven games for the Clippers. Through 13 games in the NBA G League with both the Santa Cruz Warriors (four games) and Salt Lake City Stars (nine games), Stone posted 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game. He also shot .491 from the field and .826 from the free throw line.

The 2015 McDonalds All-American played one season collegiately at Maryland in 2015-16, where he averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game while shooting .568 from the field.

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Cameron Payne Out 3-4 Months With Foot Surgery

Sep 8, 2017 11:55 AM

Cameron Payne has undergone successful surgery on his broken right foot.

Payne is expected to make a full return in three to four months.

The Chicago Bulls traded for Payne last February.

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Heat Interested In Dwyane Wade If He Takes Bench Role

Sep 8, 2017 11:52 AM

The Miami Heat will have interest in signing Dwyane Wade if he agrees to a bench role at their $4.3 million exception.

Wade and the Chicago Bulls are interested in a buyout to allow him to play for a contender.

Wade was recently asked by David Aldridge about what his preference would be for the coming season.

“First of all, obviously, everyone wants to compete,” Wade said. “It's no secret. We would all love to compete for a championship at the end of my career. That is one thing I would love to do. I'm not in a position right now to do that so I can't talk about what that preference is. Hopefully, one day before I'm done playing this game, I can be back in position to compete for a championship.”

Aldridge asked if it’s fair to say he will report to the Bulls and provide leadership but “in a perfect world” would “be back on another team that can compete?”

The Cleveland Cavaliers also have interest in signing Wade.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Jimmy Butler 'Couldn't Be Happier' With Trade To Wolves

Sep 5, 2017 2:22 PM

Jimmy Butler spoke about his growth as a player during a lengthy profile piece for Vice by Michael Pina.

Butler was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, which appears to be a decision motivated by how the team reacted to his emergence as a franchise player.

"I think they maybe expected me to stay the same, and I don't think that that's right. Like, I have changed. I will tell you that. But I think that I've changed for the better," Butler said. "When I say for the better, whenever I was a rookie, averaging 0.8 points per game or whatever it might be, it wouldn't matter if I scored that 0.8 because it wasn't going to win or lose us a game. Now, you go forward a couple years when I'm averaging 20 points per game, that's more than likely gonna cost us a game. It's gonna be the difference between winning or losing. Am I right? So now I don't give a damn about pressure, but if someone's going to take the blame for something, who they gonna point to? Me. So yeah, I've changed, because I want to (expletive) win. I want to show that I can win. So the way I go about things, it's not gonna be the way I went about things when I was a rookie, [when] I'm not gonna say anything. Now I've got something to (expletive) say."

Butler is reuniting with Tom Thibodeau after two seasons playing for Fred Hoiberg. 

"I'm confrontational. I feed off of confrontation. It makes me go. Not everybody's like that. [Hoiberg] is not that coach, and there's nothing wrong with that. There are different coaching styles and people are gonna say—which is what they did say—'It's gonna be Jimmy's team or it's gonna be Fred's team.' Two total opposite ends of the spectrum. They're either gonna try to win it now or they're gonna go young. And you see which way they went with it. Completely fine. Yo, it's y'all's business. It's y'all's organization. It's cool. And now I'm in Minnesota and couldn't be happier."

Michael Pina/Vice

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Dwyane Wade Hasn't Ruled Out Heat, Lakers, Clippers

Sep 4, 2017 6:49 PM

According to ESPN, Dwyane Wade is zeroed in on signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers if he reached a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls.

But a source close to Wade contends he will consider signing with the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers if he's bought out.

Wade reportedly enrolled his children in a South Florida school this year.

The Heat would certainly consider re-signing Wade.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Source: Bulls Knew Cameron Payne Couldn't Play In NBA After 2nd Practice
Cameron Payne has struggled to stay healthy during his NBA career due to recurring foot issues, but his actual play may be the bigger issue.

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Bulls Acquire Quincy Pondexter, 2nd Round Pick From Pelicans
With Solomon Hill likely out for the season, the Pelicans need to find healthy wings.

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Cameron Payne Out Three Months With Foot Surgery
Cameron Payne also underwent surgery last year on his right foot.

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Boston Had Concerns About Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward Meshing
The Celtics considered trading for Jimmy Butler before the start of free agency.

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Dwyane Wade Likely To Sign With Cavs If Bought Out
Dwyane Wade is owed $23.8 million for the 17-18 season by the Bulls.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer (via CBS Sports)

RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk go in-depth on the NBA’s Central Division.

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Bulls Sign Ryan Arcidiacono To Two-Way Contract
Ryan Arcidiacono averaged 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.80 steals and 24.0 minutes per contest.

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Bulls Claim David Nwaba Off Waivers
David Nwaba averaged 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes over 20 games for the Lakers last season.

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Justin Holiday Agrees To Two-Year, $9M Deal With Bulls
Justin Holiday has agreed upon a two-year, $9 million deal with the Bulls.

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Bulls Focused On Maximizing 2018 Lottery Odds
With the Bulls trading away Jimmy Butler, a source says the team is focused on getting a top-4 pick in next year's draft.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Cristiano Felicio Agrees Upon Four-Year, $32M Deal With Bulls
Cristiano Felicio was a restricted free agent.

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Amir Johnson Expected To Receive Interest From Bulls, Raptors, Nets
Amir Johnson is coming off a two-year contract with the Celtics.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Bulls To Waive Rajon Rondo Barring Last Minute Trade
Rajon Rondo only has $3 million of his contract for the 17-18 season guaranteed out of his $13.4 million team option.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Source: Gar Forman 'Flat-Out Lied' To Jimmy Butler Before Trade
In the week since Jimmy Butler's trade to the Wolves, there's been criticism coming out of Chicago about him.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls Willing To Discuss 'Advantageous' Buyout Scenario With Dwyane Wade
With the Bulls trading away Jimmy Butler on draft night, the franchise has signaled their intention to rebuild.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Decline Qualifying Offer To Michael Carter-Williams
Michael Carter-Williams will become an unrestricted free agent.

David Kaplan/ESPN 1000

Wolves Wouldn't Have Traded For Jimmy Butler Without Pick Swap
The Wolves didn't give up a draft pick in their trade for Jimmy Butler, merely swapping No. 7 with the Bulls for No. 16, while also sending out Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

Darren Wolfson/1500 ESPN

Rajon Rondo To Receive Interest From Pelicans, Pacers, Bulls If He Becomes Free Agent
Rajon Rondo will receive interest from the Pelicans and Pacers if he becomes a free agent.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Dwyane Wade Could Consider Return To Heat If Bought Out By Bulls
Dwyane Wade is expected to pursue a buyout with the Bulls.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
Denver also had concerns about the possibility of Jimmy Butler leaving in 2019 when he can become a free agent.

Zach Lowe/ESPN