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Report: Howard headed to Lakers

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 00:07
Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal ... and now, Dwight Howard joins the list of prodigious Lakers big men. At least, according to a widely-reported rumor spreading Thursday night, the disgruntled Orlando center is headed to Los Angeles. The four-team deal may become official on Friday. Here are the details, as they’ve been reported: --The Lakers get Howard. --Philadelphia gets former Lakers center Andrew Bynum and SG Jason Richardson from Orlando. --Denver gets Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala. --Orlando gets SG Arron Afflalo and SF Al Harrington from the Nuggets, C Nikola Vecevic and rookie SF Moe Harkless from the Sixers, along with a first-round pick from each team. The next step is evaluating how everyone fared in this trade.

Deng's Olympic run comes to an end

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 08/06/2012 - 17:09
Luol Deng and the Great Britain basketball squad wrapped up Olympic competition on Monday with a 90-58 victory over China, the country's first Olympic hoops win since 1948. The Brits finished 1-4 and won’t be moving on to the quarterfinals. Through four games, Deng led the Olympics in minutes played at 37.5 per contest. Thanks to the lopsided score against China, Deng logged a relatively meager 24 minutes, finishing with 6 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Overall, Deng no doubt found it tough to be a marked man. As the lone NBA player on the British squad, he also received most of the defensive attention.

Deng makes Olympic debut

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/29/2012 - 16:09
With his left wrist still wrapped in a brace, Luol Deng made his Olympic debut Sunday in London. He scored 26 points as Great Britain lost to Russia 95-75. Deng shot 8-for-27 overall, going 2-for-11 from 3-point range. He had 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 turnovers and hit 8 of 12 free throws. According to the Olympic results Web site, Deng played 38:57 in a 40-minute game. Britain hung close for a while, but trailed by 15 points at halftime. Former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko scored 35 points for Russia, while point guard Alexy Shved, who is headed for Minnestoa next season, added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Team USA opened with a 98-71 win over France. Kevin Durant led the way with 22 points.

Bulls officially sign Mohammed

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 13:31
The Bulls officially signed veteran center Nazr Mohammed on Friday. The deal is expected to be for one year at the minimum salary of $1.3 million. Mohammed, 34, is a Chicago native from Kenwood Academy. He played at Kentucky with Antoine Walker and has been mostly a backup during 14 NBA seasons. He’s made 341 starts in 834 career games; averaged 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.4 minutes over his career. He didn’t play much last season for Oklahoma City. One interesting thing about Mohammed’s career is he’s played for seven teams, but almost always stuck around for two or three years at each stop, which seems to suggest he’s a good guy to have in the locker room. He won a championship with San Antonio in 2005.

Bulls won't match Asik; Brewer joins NY

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 11:45
The ex-Bulls continue to find new homes. Ronnie Brewer agreed to terms with the New York Knicks on Tuesday, which should provide a nice balance with C.J. Watson and Keith Bogans playing for the Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, bulls.com reported that the team has told Omer Asik’s representatives they won’t match the offer sheet from the Rockets. Not matching Asik’s three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet became a foregone conclusion in the past few days as veteran center Nazr Mohammed agreed to sign with the Bulls, and the team used the bi-annual exception of $1.9 million on former Hornets shooting guard Marco Belinelli.

Mayo tweets for Mavs

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 22:46
Well, the link between O.J. Mayo and the Bulls didn't last long. Mayo sent a message via Twitter on Monday night that he's joining the Dallas Mavericks. Mavs owner Mark Cuban seemed to confirm the news by sending his own Tweet welcoming Mayo to town. The 6-4 shooting guard, chosen with the third pick of the 2008 draft, averaged 12.6 points for the Memphis Grizzlies last season.

NBA free agent update -- July 15

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 22:11
Not many big names left on the free agent list, iso t's a good time to update the list of transactions and players still available. Keep in mind, these are reported figures and not all of the signings are official yet.... PF Jared Jeffries traded from Knicks to BLAZERS C Dan Gadzuric traded from Knicks to BLAZERS PG Ramon Sessions signs with BOBCATS for two years, $10 million C Brendan Haywood claimed on amnesty waivers by BOBCATS SF Ersan Ilyasova re-signs with BUCKS for four years, $45 million PG/SG Kirk Hinrich signs with BULLS for two years, $6 million C Kevin Garnett re-signs with CELTICS for three years, $34 million SG Jason Terry signs with CELTICS for three years, $15.7 million PF Brandon Bass re-signs with CELTICS for three years, $20 million

Is getting Mayo more than a dream for Bulls? (updated)

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/15/2012 - 13:42
UPDATE: Phoenix was awarded former Houston power forward Luis Scola in an amnesty claim, according to several reports. There are also reports the Suns used the amnesty provision on Josh Childress, so they'll probably come out of this with more cap room. The new hot topic among Bulls fans is O.J. Mayo. The Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard is an unrestricted free agent and the Bulls have interest. The big question is what they have to offer. The main competition appears to be Phoenix, which has about $8-9 million of salary cap room after New Orleans matched the Suns’ offer sheet to Eric Gordon. Complete details of the Kirk Hinrich acquisition and Kyle Korver trade to Atlanta have yet to be revealed, but those transactions should help the Bulls in the Mayo chase.

Bulls move on to next FA target

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 00:01
The latest NBA free agent attached to the Bulls is Minnesota's Anthony Tolliver. He warrants his own blog entry because most fans know so little about him. He's a 6-8 forward from Creighton -- missing by one year the chance to be a teammate of Kyle Korver. He attended the same high school -- Kickapoo in Springfield, Mo. -- as actor Brad Pitt. Tolliver wasn't drafted, but played for San Antonio, Golden State and Portland in between stints inthe D-league, Germany and Turkey. He found a more permanent home with Minnesota the past two years. The one time he played significant minutes was the 2009-10 season with the Warriors, when he averaged a respectable 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game. He shot .431 from the field and isn't much of a 3-point threat (.320 career).

Bulls prepare for summer league

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 15:29
The Bulls released their summer league roster. I'm surprised there aren't more recognizable free agents on the list, since still they're in need of minimum salary players for the season. The main guys are obviously rookie Marquis Teague and second-year forward Jimmy Butler. Another interesting name is power forward Leon Powe, who's played for the Celtics, Cavs and Grizzlies. He was rumored to be on the Bulls' radar as an extra big man last season, but when all of their big men stayed healthy, they didn't make the move. Powe is an absolute master at drawing fouls under the basket. The rest of this group is underwhelming. Former Illini PG Demetri McCamey may be trying to land a training camp invite. A St. Joseph High School grad, McCamey played in Turkey last season.