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Chicago To Host 2020 NBA All-Star Game

Nov 9, 2017 5:46 PM

The NBA All-Star Game will return to Chicago in 2020.

The All-Star Game was last held in Chicago in 1988 when Michael Jordan was named MVP and also won the Slam Dunk Contest.

United Center hasn't hosted an All-Star Game since it replaced Chicago Stadium.

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Bobby Portis 'Can't Control' Fallout Of Nikola Mirotic Situation

Nov 8, 2017 10:11 AM

Bobby Portis returned from his eight-game suspension on Tuesday but his future with the Chicago Bulls remains uncertain. Portis and Nikola Mirotic had a fight at practice that left Mirotic with a concussion and facial fracture. 

"No, I haven't talked to Niko," Portis said before the game.

In his first public comments after the fight last month, Portis said he texted and called Mirotic but did not hear back from him. On Tuesday, Portis noted that he has not tried to reach out to Mirotic since.

"I just let bygones be bygones with that," Portis said before the game. "I can't control that. Only thing I can control is myself at this point. I'm not worried about who goes, who stays. Only thing I'm worried about is coming in trying to play at the highest level possible. I'm living my dream right now. This is my dream. I've always wanted to play in the NBA. I'm here, and that's all I want to do at this point."

Portis didn't seem concerned with recent reports that Mirotic's representatives have made it clear to the Bulls that Mirotic isn't interested in sharing the floor with Portis again in Chicago.

"I'm just here to play basketball," Portis said before Tuesday's game. "I can't control who goes. I go, he goes, I don't control that. Only thing I can control is me coming in to work every day, working hard, being the same kid that I've always been. If I can continue to do that, then that's all I can really control."

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David Nwaba Out 2-4 Weeks With Severe Ankle Sprain

Nov 6, 2017 4:06 PM

David Nwaba will be out two to four weeks with a severe sprain of his right ankle.

Nwaba is wearing a walking boot after initially being on crutches.

"He sprained it pretty good," Fred Hoiberg said.

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Bulls Preparing To Work Bobby Portis Back Into Rotation

Nov 5, 2017 8:53 AM

Bobby Portis will come off his eight-game suspension for Tuesday's game against the Toronto Raptors.

Portis was suspended for punching Nikola Mirotic during practice on Oc. 17th.

"[Portis has] been practicing, and that will all be discussed in the next couple days, exactly what we're going to do in the Toronto game," Fred Hoiberg said Saturday. "The biggest thing is try to go out there with the guys that we've had available and put them in a position where they're competing and giving ourselves a chance to win. And for the most part, with the exception of the Oklahoma City game, we've done that. We'll get that figured out in the next few days."

The Bulls are not yet sure how they will handle the situation between Portis and Mirotic, once Mirotic is physically cleared to return.

"I think he's handled it as well as he could have," Robin Lopez said of Portis. "I don't know exactly what's going to happen going forward with rotations or anything, but I know he's mentally prepared for it, and we're excited to have him back."

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Zach LaVine Signs Four-Year, $35M Deal With Adidas

Nov 3, 2017 10:01 AM

Zach LaVine has agreed upon a four-year, $35 million endorsement deal with Adidas.

LaVine is recovering from a torn ACL and hasn't played since his trade to the Chicago Bulls.

"I was looking for a partner that would grow with me as my career continues to unfold," LaVine said to ESPN. "Adidas convinced me that I have a chance to legitimately become a face of the brand."

Adidas currently features James Harden, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.

The structure of LaVine's deal will reward him if he breaks out as an All-Star level player.

"It's a different contract than anything we've done recently," a brand source said.

The deal continues Adidas' shift in its strategy of signing NBA players. 

LaVine said he was drawn to Adidas for its "brand presence already in Chicago." 

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Bulls Exercise Options On Dunn, Valentine, Grant, Payne, Portis

Oct 27, 2017 10:58 PM

The Chicago Bulls have exercised third-year options on guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine, and fourth-year options on guards Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne, along with forward Bobby Portis.

By exercising their options, all players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2018-19 season.

The Bulls acquired Dunn in a Draft-night trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves last offseason in which Dunn, Zach LaVine and the rights to Lauri Markkanen were exchanged for Jimmy Butler and the draft rights to Justin Patton. In his rookie year with the Timberwolves, Dunn played in 78 games (7 starts) and averaged 3.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. 

Valentine was selected 14th overall by Chicago in the 2016 NBA Draft. The Michigan State product saw time in 57 games and averaged 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game his rookie year. 

Payne was traded to Chicago on Feb. 23, 2017, along with Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow, for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second round draft pick. The former Mr. Basketball in Tennessee has career averages of 5.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists through 88 games. He only appeared in 31 games in 2016-17, missing time due to a right foot injury, but in the 10 games he played with the Bulls, Payne averaged 4.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.9 minutes. He has not played in 2017-18 while recovering from offseason surgery on his right foot.

Selected by the Bulls 22nd-overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, Portis has appeared in 126 games (17 starts) with career averages of 6.9 points and 5.0 rebounds. Portis has not played in 2017-18 while serving an eight-game team suspension.

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Nikola Mirotic Prefers To Remain With Bulls

Oct 26, 2017 11:13 AM

Nikola Mirotic would prefer to remain with the Chicago Bulls, but there's a growing sense that he would find it difficult to remain teammates with Bobby Portis.

Mirotic suffered multiple fractures and a concussion following a practice scuffle with Portis before the start of the season.

Mirotic is expected to miss four to six weeks while Portis is on an eight-game suspension.

Mirotic can veto any trade following the two-year deal he signed with the Bulls in restricted free agency.

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Bulls Were Enticed By Idea Of Remaining Relevant By Signing Dwyane Wade

Oct 24, 2017 1:53 PM

When the Chicago Bulls were trying to decide whether to trade away Jimmy Butler and begin a rebuild during the 2016 offseason, they were enticed with the idea of remaining relevant by signing Dwyane Wade.

Sources say the Bulls' front office was shocked by how Wade suddenly became available as his relationship with the Miami Heat deteriorated. 

Wade signed a two-year deal with a player option worth nearly $24 million in Year 2.

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Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler Had Several Heated Arguments In 15-16

Oct 24, 2017 1:48 PM

Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler were initially very close friends as Chicago Bulls' teammates, but it became tumultuous during the 15-16 season.

According to multiple sources, Noah and Butler engaged in several heated disagreements throughout that season.

"What happened?" Butler says. "I don't know. All I can say is, obviously he's been with me since I was a nobody in this league. And I went about things a lot differently. My voice wasn't heard. And he's been with me as I came to be an All-Star as well in this league. And my voice was heard then. And when my voice is heard, I'm going to let it be heard."

"We're just different people," Noah says. "We were always very close; me and Jimmy were always very close, but things change."

"It was hard because we all came in together," Taj Gibson says. "We were the core, and it's rough when your core starts breaking up."

Noah left the Bulls to sign with the New York Knicks in 2016.

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Bulls' Front Office Was Irked By Lack Of Credit During Thibodeau Era

Oct 24, 2017 11:42 AM

The relationship between Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls' front office deteriorated over time. Thibodeau wanted to maintain the ability to run his program his way, while John Paxson and Gar Forman wanted more input, such as how many minutes star players were given.

Sources say Paxson and Forman were most irked by not receiving enough credit for how they assembled the roster for Thibodeau.

"There was definitely a disconnect between the coaches and management," Noah said recently. "It was a little bit of a mess. And to be a championship team, everybody has to be on the same page. It was definitely a missed opportunity."

There were also some players that expressed frustration of Thibodeau's authoritarian approach privately to Forman and Paxson.

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Bobby Portis Publicly Apologizes To Nikola Mirotic
Bobby Portis said he is not concerned about any legal action Mirotic might take.

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Bulls 'Can't Put A Timeline' On Duration Of Rebuild
The Bulls are beginning a rebuild after trading away Jimmy Butler in the offseason.

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Bobby Portis Suspended Eight Games For Altercation With Nikola Mirotic
Bobby Portis will be able to practice with the team during his suspension.

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Nikola Mirotic Out Indefinitely After Being Punched In Face By Bobby Portis
Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis had a physical altercation during practice.

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Bulls Claims Kay Felder Off Waivers
Kay Felder was traded last week by the Cavaliers to the Hawks and subsequently waived.

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Bulls Likely To Re-Sign Zach LaVine In 2018
The Bulls are unlikely to extend Zach LaVine before Monday's deadline.

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Kris Dunn Out At Least Two Weeks With Finger Injury
Kris Dunn hurt his finger trying to contest a dunk from Sterling Brown.

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Bulls Sign Bronson Koenig To Camp Deal
Fred Hoiberg recruited Brandon Koenig when he was at Iowa State.

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Nikola Mirotic Agrees To Two-Year, $27M Deal With Bulls
Nikola Mirotic had faced an Oct. 1 deadline on a one-year, $7.2 million qualifying offer.

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Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls
Dwyane 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
The Bulls have been engaged with Dwyane Wade's representatives on a buyout.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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Bulls Hire Doug Collins As Senior Advisor Of Basketball Ops
Doug Collins will serve as an expert resource for the front office and coaching staff.

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Bulls Sign Diamond Stone
Diamond Stone averaged 1.4 points in 3.4 minutes through seven games for the Clippers last season.

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Cameron Payne Out 3-4 Months With Foot Surgery
Cameron Payne has undergone successful surgery on his broken right foot.

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Heat Interested In Dwyane Wade If He Takes Bench Role
The Heat have a $4.3 million exception to offer Dwyane Wade if he becomes a free agent.

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Jimmy Butler 'Couldn't Be Happier' With Trade To Wolves
Jimmy Butler is reuniting with Tom Thibodeau after two seasons playing for Fred Hoiberg.

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Dwyane Wade Hasn't Ruled Out Heat, Lakers, Clippers
The Heat would certainly consider re-signing Dwyane Wade.

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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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