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Jim Boylen Discussing Three-Year Contract Extension With Bulls

Apr 11, 2019 10:50 PM

Jim Boylen is reportedly discussing a 3-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls. 

John Paxson said he believes Boylen is the right coach to lead the Bulls in the future despite the rocky beginning. 

"What I've seen is his ability to show these guys that he genuinely cares about them. That his goal is to get them better as individuals. I'm the first to admit that first week was like dynamite blowing up. It was a rocky week. What I've seen since then is a guy that embraces this challenge. He embraces individuals he's coaching. He really does view himself as a teacher, a guy that wants to connect with the players, and sometimes you have to be demanding and hard," said Paxson. 

Paxson added that his goal for the Bulls next season is to compete for a playoff position. 

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Lauri Markkanen Cleared To Resume Full Basketball Related Activities

Apr 11, 2019 1:40 PM

Lauri Markkanen has been cleared to resume full basketball related activities after completing thorough examinations from cardiologists.

Markkanen initially experienced extreme fatigue and an accelerated heart rate during a game in Toronto on March 26. After an examination by Raptors team physicians at halftime of that game, the determination was made to hold Markkanen out of basketball activities pending further testing. Following preliminary testing in Toronto immediately after the game, Markkanen returned to Chicago the next day where he was examined by Dr. Richard Trohman, Co-director of Cardiology and Director of Electrophysiology, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. In addition, Markkanen was also examined by Dr. Hugh Calkins, Director of Electrophysiology at Johns Hopkins University. After further testing, both physicians determined the cause of Markkanen’s symptoms to be primarily related to a combination of dehydration and nutrient deficiency. Following a standard period of postseason recovery, Markkanen will initiate his offseason training program in Finland before returning mid-summer to Chicago to train with Bulls staff.

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Bulls Nearly Traded Jabari Parker To Lakers For Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Beasley

Apr 9, 2019 11:16 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers had a tentative deal in place with the Chicago Bulls on the weekend of January 25th for Jabari Parker.

The Lakers were set to trade Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Michael Beasley in the deal for Parker.

But Caldwell-Pope had to approve any trade and had not yet signed off on the deal. The deal remained in limbo until January 28th when Davis requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Bulls realized the Lakers would not move forward with any trades until the Davis situation played itself and moved on. Chicago eventually traded Parker and Bobby Portis to the Washington Wizards for Otto Porter Jr.

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Bulls Sign JaKarr Sampson To 10-Day Contract

Mar 31, 2019 12:12 PM

The Bulls have signed forward JaKarr Sampson to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from Chicago’s G League affiliate the Windy City Bulls, pursuant to the NBA’s hardship roster rules.  

Sampson (6-9, 215) appeared in 24 games this season for Windy City, posting averages of 21.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.17 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game.

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Bulls To Sign Walter Lemon Jr. For Remainder Of Season

Mar 28, 2019 2:28 PM

The Chicago Bulls are signing Walter Lemon Jr. to a contract for the remainder of the season.

Lemon played in five games last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Lemon averaged 20.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 33.9 minutes per game in the G League this season.

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Lauri Markkanen Out For Season Following Rapid Heart Rate, Fatigue

Mar 28, 2019 8:34 AM

Lauri Markkanen has been undergoing a series of tests to determine the cause of an episode of a rapid heart rate and fatigue during the game in Toronto on March 26.

At this point all testing has been normal, but as a precaution, the medical team has recommended additional testing over the next 10-14 days. Markkanen will not return for the remainder of the season.

“The long-term health of our players is always our organization’s top priority,” said John Paxson, Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. “We will continue to monitor Lauri’s condition and work with our medical staff and doctors to provide him with everything he may need.”

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Lauri Markkanen Evaluated For Extreme Fatigue

Mar 27, 2019 5:20 PM

Lauri Markkanen experienced extreme fatigue during the first half of Chicago’s game in Toronto. He was seen and evaluated in the training room by the Bulls medical staff and Toronto’s team physician. Although he was stable, it was determined that further testing was warranted, and he would remain in Toronto overnight.

As a result, Markkanen was accompanied by team Director of Performance Health Chip Schaefer, where he underwent more testing at a local hospital after the game.

He was cleared to travel after tests were completed and is now back in Chicago. Markkanen is undergoing further evaluation and will not play in Wednesday's game versus Portland. Updates on his condition will be provided when appropriate.

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Kings, Wizards Discussed Otto Porter Jr. Trade At Deadline

Mar 26, 2019 10:39 AM

The Sacramento Kings discussed a trade with the Washington Wizards centered on Otto Porter Jr.

The Kings eventually pivoted to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks for Harrison Barnes, while the Wizards dealt Porter to the Chicago Bulls.

Sacramento also had interest in Porter when he was a restricted free agent in 2017.

Barnes was acquired by the Kings to help fortify the wings, but he's spent most of the past two seasons as a power forward.

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Bulls Shut Down Wendell Carter, Chandler Hutchison; Otto Porter Could Be Next

Mar 24, 2019 10:56 AM

The Chicago Bulls have shut down rookies Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison for the season after injuries to both players.

Carter played in just 44 games this season.

John Paxson added that the Bulls may do the same with Otto Porter Jr., who missed his third game following a strained rotator cuff.

Zach LaVine has also missed his last two games with tendinitis in his right knee.

"We're gonna monitor them. Otto has so many things going on that we won't push him. We may run out of time, too. For Zach, I think it's important for him to try to fight through some of these little things. Last year, we shut him down toward the end. It's a case-by-case basis," added Paxson. 

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Kevin McHale, Jim Paxson Emerge As Early Candidates For Suns' GM Job

Mar 21, 2019 4:47 PM

The Phoenix Suns have expressed interest in Kevin McHale and Jim Paxson for their general manager vacancy.

McHale currently works for TNT and was the longtime general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves. McHale last worked for a team as head coach of the Houston Rockets.

Paxson was general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers when they drafted LeBron James. Paxson is currently a consultant with the Chicago Bulls.

The Suns fired Ryan McDonough as general manager before the start of the regular season.

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Zach LaVine Offers To Pay Jim Boylen's Fine
Boylen is expected to be fined $7,000 after receiving two technicals and getting ejected against the Clippers.

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Doc Rivers, Jim Boylen Ejected After Midcourt Confrontation
Rivers and Boylen began arguing following an offensive foul on Montrezl Harrell.

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Bulls Will Retain John Paxson, Gar Forman For 19-20 Season
Michael Reinsdorf doesn't understand some of the criticism John Paxson and Gar Forman have received from fans and media.

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Robin Lopez, Bulls To Open Buyout Talks
Robin Lopez has been linked to the Warriors if he's bought out.

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Bulls Acquire Otto Porter From Wizards For Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker
Washington previously was reluctant to discuss a trade of Otto Porter.

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Lakers Discuss Moving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope For Jabari Parker
Caldwell-Pope would have to waive his no-trade clause in a potential deal.

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Bulls Listening To Offers For Everyone But Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr.
The Bulls recently added Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Thunder and waived Carmelo Anthony.

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Bulls Acquire Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Waive Carmelo Anthony
Anthony was never asked to report to the Bulls.

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Jimmy Butler On His Personality: 'Damn Right I'm Confrontational'
Butler said he modeled his work ethic after Luol Deng.

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Carmelo Anthony: 'I Just Want To Be Happy'
Anthony received a standing ovation from the crowd at Madison Square Garden.

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Chandler Hutchison Fractures Toe, To Be Re-Evaluated After All-Star Break
Hutchison became a starter following the Justin Holiday trade.

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Rockets, Bulls Finalize Carmelo Anthony Trade
Jon Diebler and Tadija Dragićević were included in the final version of the Carmelo Anthony trade.

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Rockets Agree To Trade Carmelo Anthony To Bulls
Chicago will waive Carmelo Anthony.

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Wendell Carter Jr. Out 8-12 Weeks With Thumb Surgery
Wendell Carter Jr. sustained a left thumb injury in the game at the Lakers on Jan. 15.

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Kris Dunn, Robin Lopez Exchange Words At Practice
Jim Boylen said Robin Lopez told him his discontent stems from not playing as many minutes as he had in previous seasons.

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Bulls Not Interested In Buying Out Robin Lopez
Lopez is interested in joining the Warriors if he were bought out by the Bulls.

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Knicks, Bulls Explore Trade Involving Enes Kanter, Jabari Parker
The Bulls and Knicks are trying to find a third team to take Kanter.

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Jim Boylen To Coach Bulls Through 2020, Receives Pay Increase
The Bulls are still paying the remainder of Fred Hoiberg's contract through next season.

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Rockets Trade Michael Carter-Williams To Bulls
The Bulls will waive Michael Carter-Williams.

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Bulls Waive Cam Payne, Want To Find New Destination For MarShon Brooks
The Bulls don't plan on MarShon Brooks reporting to the team following the Justin Holiday trade.

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