Chicago Bulls WiretapMarch 2012 Chicago Bulls Wiretap

Hamilton Returns To Lineup

Mar 30, 2012 8:57 PM

Richard Hamilton has missed 36 of Chicago's 52 games this season, but returned to the lineup on Friday against Detroit.

“He has done a great job with his rehab,” Tom Thibodeau said. “His lower body is completely healthy. He is moving great, which is critical for anybody, for his shooting and defense. And he has worked hard with his shoulder. We just have to be patient. When he’s completely healthy, he goes.”

Chicago Tribune

Tags: Richard Hamilton, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Thibodeau Upset With Contract Situation

Mar 30, 2012 8:52 PM

Tom Thibodeau is openly upset with the lack of a competitive contract offer from the Bulls, according to sources.

Thibodeau signed a two-year contract in 2010 and was named 10-11 Coach of the Year.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Hinrich Open To Signing With Bulls

Mar 29, 2012 10:42 AM

Kirk Hinrich would be open to returning to the Bulls this offseason as a free agent.

"I wouldn't be opposed to it," Hinrich said. "It's still a ways away, and a lot can happen. We'll see. I have no preconceived thoughts on what will happen."

Chicago would be limited on what they can offer Hinrich as they are over the salary cap.

"I'm excited to have a choice instead of just going wherever the business sends me," Hinrich said. "But I haven't thought about it much. I've been so caught up in this whirlwind season. I was trying to get healthy and then working to get back to playing at a level I should be playing at. Now I'm thinking about the playoffs."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Kirk Hinrich, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rose Feeling Better, Return Remains Unclear

Mar 26, 2012 2:36 PM

Derrick Rose's strained groin is "getting better every day", but he is is expected to miss his seventh consecutive game on Monday.

‘‘It’s day-by-day,’’ Rose said Monday after the Bulls’ shootaround at the Berto Center. ‘‘It’s getting better every day. I’m able to move a little bit more. I’m getting treatment twice a day. Hopefully I’ll be out there soon.’’

Rose has been getting massage treatment and running in a pool and on a treadmill, ‘‘where it takes your body weight off.’’

Chicago has a 5-1 record since Rose has been out.

Mark Potash/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Bulls Let Mike James Become Free Agent, Intend To Re-Sign In April

Mar 24, 2012 1:11 PM

Mike James came off his final 10-day contract with the Bulls on Friday. In order for the Bulls to keep James, they would need to sign him for the rest of the season.

Chicago plans to re-sign him sometime in April.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune (via Twitter)

Tags: Mike James, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls Could Go Deeper Into Luxury Tax

Mar 24, 2012 12:47 AM

Sources say Jerry Reinsdorf was prepared to give the go-ahead for the Bulls to go deeper into the luxury tax if it meant acquiring Pau Gasol ahead of the deadline.

Chicago is also still interested in trading for Dwight Howard at a later date, according to sources.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bulls, Celtics Not Interested In Fisher

Mar 20, 2012 1:12 PM

The Bulls and Celtics are not interested in Drerek Fisher, according to sources.

Fisher is expected to hold conversations with the Heat, Thunder and Spurs to discuss "ideas and concepts."

Ken Berger/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Derek Fisher, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hamilton No Closer To Return

Mar 20, 2012 12:40 PM

Richard Hamilton has no target date for a return as he has only recently been able to above his right arm above his head.

Hamilton has only played in 16 games this season.

"I think even when I come back there’s going to be pain," Hamilton said. "I know time is not on my hands. The biggest thing is getting my range of motion so I’ll be able to shoot the ball with my right side."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Richard Hamilton, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Rose Takes Blame For Aggravating Groin Injury

Mar 20, 2012 11:56 AM

Derrick Rose is not sure when he will be ready to return from his groin injury, which he is blaming himself for in terms of the severity.

‘‘In the New York [game], when I went to the hole, I took off kind of wrong and Jeremy [Lin] beat my shot,’’ Rose said. ‘‘I thought I was going to take off, but I couldn’t get up that high. I just felt the pull. I thought it was like a charley horse or something. When I went down, I tried to stretch out, but there was pain there. Usually, when you have a charley horse, it’s just tight. There was pain, but I wanted to play through it. I played through it, but I think it made it worse.”

Neil Hayes/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Heat, Thunder Likely To Be Top Choices For Fisher

Mar 20, 2012 10:09 AM

The Heat and Thunder are the early candidates to sign Derek Fisher once he clears waivers, according to sources.

The Bulls and Spurs, two teams believed to be on Fisher's initial list, are unlikely to be interested in Fisher. Chicago is in need of an additional big man and San Antonio recently came to an agreement with Patty Mills.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Derek Fisher, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Fisher Could Sign With Thunder, Bulls Or Heat
The Thunder, Bulls and Heat are three teams that could end up signing Derek Fisher once he clears waivers.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Bulls Sign Mike James To Another 10-Day Contract
Mike James signed a 10-day contract and could be signed for the remainder of the season when this deal expires.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose Rear-Ended On Kennedy Expressway
Derrick Rose's car was rear-ended on the Kennedy Expressway on Tuesday.

Chicago Tribune

Bulls Seeking Trade For Pau Gasol
The Lakers have limited interest in a package that would center around Carlos Boozer and the Bulls are trying to recruit a third team in order to acquire Pau Gasol.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thibodeau: Chandler One Of Most Underrated Players In NBA
Tyson Chandler returned to Chicago, the place he played from 2001 until 2006, on Monday as an NBA champion.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Report: Howard Preventing Trade To Bulls
The Magic would be willing to trade Dwight Howard to the Bulls in exchange for a package built around Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Rose Tired Of Howard Trade Speculation
Derrick Rose has grown tired of hearing about the possibility of Dwight Howard coming to play for the Bull

Neil Hayes/Chicago Sun-Times

Howard Wants To Remain Primary Option
Dwight Howard may not be averse to playing with another star, but he wants to remain the team's focal point.


Nets, Hornets Most Injured Teams; Suns, Jazz, Kings Amongst Least
The Nets, Hornets and Timberwolves have had the most players miss games due to injury this season, followed by the Bobcats, Knicks, Grizzlies and Raptors.

Sacramento Bee

Rose, Lawson Named Players Of The Week
Derrick Rose and Ty Lawson have been named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

RealGM Staff Report