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Bulls Claim David Nwaba Off Waivers

Jul 14, 2017 5:31 PM

The Chicago Bulls have claimed David Nwaba off waivers.

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Nwaba to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

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

Jul 2, 2017 10:15 PM

Justin Holiday has agreed upon a two-year, $9 million deal with the Chicago Bulls.

Holiday was traded by the Bulls to the New York Knicks in June of 2016 as part of the Derrick Rose trade.

Holiday averaged 7.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assist in 20.0 minutes per game last season with the Knicks.

According to Ian Begley, New York never made a competitive offer to re-sign Holiday.

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Bulls Focused On Maximizing 2018 Lottery Odds

Jul 1, 2017 11:55 AM

With the Chicago Bulls trading away Jimmy Butler, a source says the team is focused on getting a top-4 pick in next year's draft.

The Bulls are high on Michael Porter Jr. while Luka Doncic, DeAndre Ayton and Mohamed Bamba are also expected to be high level prospects in the 2018 draft class.

“We’re not going to be throwing huge money at people right out of the gate,’’ John Paxson recently said of free agency.

The Bulls want to keep their young core intact while maximizing their lottery odds.

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Cristiano Felicio Agrees Upon Four-Year, $32M Deal With Bulls

Jul 1, 2017 12:08 AM

Cristiano Felicio has agreed upon a four-year, $32 million deal to re-sign with the Chicago Bulls.

Felicio was a restricted free agent.

Felicio averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his second year.

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Amir Johnson Expected To Receive Interest From Bulls, Raptors, Nets

Jun 30, 2017 6:55 PM

The Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets are expected to pursue Amir Johnson.

Johnson is coming off a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics.

Before joining the Celtics, Johnson played six seasons with the Raptors.

Johnson has always been a productive per minute player during his career.

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Bulls To Waive Rajon Rondo Barring Last Minute Trade

Jun 30, 2017 1:17 AM

The Chicago Bulls are expected to waive Rajon Rondo unless a trade materializes before July 1st. The Bulls previously had some trade discussions involving Rondo due to his partially guaranteed contract.

Rondo only has $3 million of his contract for the 17-18 season guaranteed out of his $13.4 million team option. 

The Bulls were signaling they intended to keep Rondo before they pivoted towards a rebuild by trading away Jimmy Butler.

In a January interview, he said his goal is to play "six or seven more years." 

Chicago would prefer to save his salary and offer Rondo's minutes to Kris Dunn and Cameron Payne.

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Source: Gar Forman 'Flat-Out Lied' To Jimmy Butler Before Trade

Jun 29, 2017 3:37 PM

Gar Forman lied to Jimmy Butler in the days leading up to the Chicago Bulls trade of him to the Minnesota Timberwolves and even continued to do so minutes before the deal was completed, according to a source.

“[Forman] knows what he said,’’ the source said. “Flat-out lied. That’s just who he is. Travelle [Gaines] hit it on the head.’’

Butler's trainer Gaines' Tweeted out a message condemning the Bulls' front office after the trade was announced.

“0-82. Worst culture in the league. I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM. He is a liar and everyone knows,’ wrote Gaines.

In the week since Butler's trade to the Wolves, there's been criticism coming out of Chicago about him.

“It’s not frustrating,’’ Butler said when introduced to the Minnesota media. “It’s expected. Somebody’s gotta take the blame. I’ll be that guy, I’m OK with it. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but with that being said my phone is in my back pocket right now, if whoever has anything to say to me feel free … 773-899-6071. So if you want an interview, there you have it, please do."

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Bulls Willing To Discuss 'Advantageous' Buyout Scenario With Dwyane Wade

Jun 27, 2017 12:43 PM

The Chicago Bulls are willing to discuss a buyout with Dwyane Wade if it is "advantageous" for the team.

Wade has already exercised his $23.8 million player option for the 17-18 season with the Bulls.

With the Bulls trading away Jimmy Butler on draft night, the franchise has signaled their intention to rebuild.

Chicago signed Wade to a two-year, $47.5 million contract during the 2016 offseason.

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Bulls Decline Qualifying Offer To Michael Carter-Williams

Jun 27, 2017 11:44 AM

The Chicago Bulls will not submit a qualifying offer to Michael Carter-Williams, which will make him an unrestricted free agent.

Carter-Williams was traded by the Milwaukee Bucks to the Bulls before the start of the 16-17 season. Carter-Williams won Rookie of the Year in 2014, but he's been progressively less effective during his career as he's failed to progress as a shooter.

The Bulls also have Kris Dunn, Cameron Payne and possibly Rajon Rondo on their point guard depth chart.

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Wolves Wouldn't Have Traded For Jimmy Butler Without Pick Swap

Jun 23, 2017 10:38 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't give up a draft pick in their trade for Jimmy Butler, merely swapping No. 7 with the Chicago Bulls for No. 16, while also sending out Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.

"We didn't want to lose our draft choice," said owner Glen Taylor. "We really thought, as it turned out, moving down a number of notches didn't affect us too much. We still got a young guy (Justin Patton) with a lot of potential."

Taylor was asked whether the Wolves would have still done the deal if the Bulls insisted on keeping their pick at No. 16.

"No, we told them that would break the deal," said Taylor. 

Taylor also suggested the Wolves may have selected Lauri Markkanen at No. 7.

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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.

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

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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.

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Jimmy Butler Loses Potential $29M On Next Contract With DPE Now Unavailable
While Jimmy Butler will receive a trade bonus of $1.8 million as part of his move from the Bulls to the Wolves, the inability to sign a DPE will be massive.

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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M
The Bulls sold the pick that became Jordan Bell to the Warriors.

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Dwyane Wade Still Exercising $23.8M Option With Bulls Despite Butler Trade
Dwyane Wade signed a two-year deal with the Bulls last offseason.

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Celtics Unwilling To Trade No. 3 In 2017 Or Brooklyn's 2018 Pick To Bulls For Jimmy Butler
The Celtics continue to be reluctant to trade assets for an established star.

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Bulls Agree To Trade Jimmy Butler To Wolves For No. 7, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn
The Wolves have acquired Jimmy Butler from the Bulls.

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Suns Discuss Eric Bledsoe Trade With Bulls, Nuggets
If the Suns pick De'Aaron Fox at No. 4, it likely means they were able to trade away Eric Bledsoe.

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Wolves Pursuing Trade For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
The Wolves and Bulls discussed a Jimmy Butler trade at last year's draft.

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Cavs' Pursuit Of George, Butler Ends As Kevin Love Not Generating Enough Interest
The Cavaliers have pursued trade scenarios for both Paul George and Jimmy Butler, but those efforts appear to have led to a dead end.

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Jimmy Butler Warned Off Cavaliers As Kyrie Irving Could Push For Trade
Jimmy Butler has been warned by several Cavaliers who had been recruiting him to stay away.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Jimmy Butler Remains Committed To Bulls
The Cavaliers have interest in trading for Jimmy Butler, but they were informed he would be reluctant to commit to them in the long-term.

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Dwyane Wade Exercises $23.8M Player Option With Bulls
Dwyane Wade was almost certain to be unable to make up that money even over several seasons on the open market.

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Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Prefer Bulls To Move On From Rajon Rondo
While Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade have no issue with Rondo personally, they would like the Bulls to have a point guard who could spread the floor.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Jimmy Butler Could Push Bulls For Trade To Cavaliers
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have reached out to Jimmy Butler directly and through back channels over the past five days to gauge his interest in joining them with the Cavaliers.

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Cavs Found Lottery Pick In Exchange For Kevin Love, Possibly From Suns
The Suns may have been the team ready to trade for Kevin Love.

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Dwyane Wade Likely To Stay With Bulls On $24M Player Option
Dwyane Wade's decision on his player option will be made independent of whether they trade Jimmy Butler.

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Cavaliers Attempting To Trade For Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is signed through 18-19.

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Wolves Hold Preliminary Trade Talks With Bulls On Jimmy Butler
The Wolves and Bulls held Jimmy Butler talks last offseason.

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