All Bull - Chicago Bulls

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Bulls lose out on Green

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 00:30
If reports are correct, Bulls free agent target Gerald Green is on his way to Indiana. Green will sign with the Pacers for three years and $10 million, quite a bit more than the five-year league minimum of $995,000, which is all the Bulls could offer. A first-round pick of Boston in 2005, Green was out of the NBA four years later. After playing in Russia, China and the D-league, he averaged 12.9 points in 31 games for the Nets late last season. A rumor surfaced Wednesday of a trade that would send Kyle Korver to Minnesota for Luke Ridnour, a scoring-minded point guard. Ridnour, 31, averaged a career-high 12.4 points last season. He's due to make $4 million this year, which would save the Bulls $1 million compared to Korver.

NBA free agent update -- July 9

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 23:50
(Updated July 9, 11 p.m.) Plenty of names left on the free agent list, but not many stars. The teams with a chance to be players are Dallas and Indiana, if it wisely chooses not to match Portland's offer to Roy Hibbert. O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman will probably looking hard at those teams. Tim Duncan is obviously not leaving the Spurs. Antawn Jamison has talked about returning to his hometown and playing for the Bobcats. J.R. Smith will likely re-sign with the Knicks. Not sure about Lou Williams, who was set free by the Sixers. Elton Brand won't be a true free agent, since teams with cap room can make bids once he's amnestied.

Health is key for Hinrich

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 12:45
The Bulls knew they weren’t going to make a big splash in free agency this summer. So bringing back guard Kirk Hinrich – which was on the verge of being finalized on Sunday – could make sense. Hinrich, 31, is able to play both guard positions, which makes him valuable to the Bulls because they need someone to fill in at the point early next season while Derrick Rose recovers from ACL surgery. The biggest question is whether Hinrich can stay healthy. He’s coming off a disappointing season in Atlanta (6.6 points, .417 field-goal percentage) after having surgery the previous summer to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. In theory, he should be ready to move forward after a full offseason to get well.

Green could be interesting Bulls addition

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 11:22
The Bulls need some creativity to get through a difficult summer. So maybe a guy like Gerald Green would be a nice fit. Green is planning to visit the Bulls this weekend, according to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post. Last season in 31 games for the Nets, the 6-7 Green averaged 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and shot 48.1 percent from the field. Long before that, Green was a sparkling example of why the NBA was so desperate to end the cycle of players turning pro straight from high school.

Brandon Roy picks Minnesota

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 00:51
One of the Bulls’ potential targets found a different employer. Reports surfaced late Thursday night that former Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with Minnesota. Roy retired last year because of knee problems, but is ready to attempt a comeback. Whether he can return to all-star form is anyone’s guess. The Bulls were in a tough spot when it comes to matching offers. All they have to spend on free agents is the $3 million, taxpayer mid-level exception, and they can sign players to minimum salary deals. Since Roy was released by Portland, he has no current team that could negotiate a sign-and-trade.

NBA free-agent update, July 5 edition

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 16:14
Here's an attempt to list the NBA's summer transactions (including trades), along with a list of remaining unrestricted free agents. Newest addition is Jeremy Lin's four-year offer sheet from Rockets. The Knicks have always been big spenders and are a virtual lock to match. These are all reported numbers and no free-agent signings will be official until at least July 11, so it is possible things could change. 2012 SUMMER TRANSACTIONS (As of 7/5/12, 7:30 p.m.) C Roy Hibbert agrees to offer sheet with BLAZERS worth four years, $55 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, unknown SF Lamar Odom traded from Mavs to CLIPPERS

Rockets SG Courtney Lee enters picture

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 03:29
Two seasons ago, when the Bulls were starting Keith Bogans at shooting guard, Houston offered to trade Courtney Lee for Omer Asik and the Bulls turned them down. Now with the Rockets poised to offer Asik a three-year, $25.1 million deal, which includes a third-year salary of $14.9 million, Lee is drawing interest from the Bulls. Houston rescinded its qualifying offer to Lee on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Bulls will make a pitch to the four-year pro, who averaged 11.4 points last season. The Bulls can offer only their $3 million mid-level exception or the league’s minimum salary. Whether or not they match the offer for Asik doesn’t make a difference, except in the Bulls luxury-tax bill next season.

A rundown of the NBA's free-agency rules

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 15:24
A reader made a thoughtful request for a rundown on the basics of NBA free agency, in case anyone is unfamiliar with the many terms and rules. First of all, the league has a free-agent negotiating period, which began on July 1. Teams can come to agreements with players, but nothing can be signed until at least July 11. That includes Houston’s reported offer sheet to Omer Asik. Here are some terms, defined: UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT: This is a player whose contract has expired and is free to sign with any team. The Bulls have three of those this summer – Brian Scalabrine, John Lucas and Mike James. RESTRICTED FREE AGENT: These are guys whose contract has expired, but their current team has the right to match any offer. Bulls center Omer Asik is a restricted free agent.

Will Bulls match Omer's offer?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 22:58
The whole idea behind signing a restricted free agent to an offer sheet is to come up with something the player’s current team might not match. The Houston Rockets executed that plan well on Sunday, with their reported offer to Bulls center Omer Asik. An offer sheet won’t be official until at least July 11 and the Bulls will have three days to match. The agreement was reported to be for three years and $25.2 million. By rule, the Rockets can pay no more than $5 and $5.2 million in the first two seasons. So the third year would be worth $14.9 million in 2014-15.

Asik meets with Rockets & Blazers

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 08:13
Word came late Saturday night that Bulls restricted free agent Omer Asik planned to meet with both Houston and Portland on the West Coast, according to several reports. The Bulls expect to match any offer sheet for the 7-foot center. By rule, teams can offer Asik only around $5 million over the first two seasons, but can tack on raises after that. There was also a report that the Blazers were ready to give Indiana center Roy Hibbert a maximum contract offer. Hibbert is another restricted free agent.