All Bull - Chicago Bulls
The NBA free-agent season is winding down. The Bulls can offer only the minimum salary, but have interest in adding another big man. Marcus Camby, who turns 40 in March, and former Spurs offensive rebound specialist DeJuan Blair are a couple of possibilities. The Bulls probably figure Malcolm Thomas can be added later if needed.
It seems less likely the Bulls will add a guard. Andrew Goudelock, a star in four of the five summer league games, decided to grab a guaranteed deal this week with BC Unics in Russia.
The latest buzz around the league has ex-Spurs sharpshooter Gary Neal likely to land in Milwaukee, while the Pacers added veteran big man Luis Scola from Phoenix in a trade for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a protected first-round pick.
Before the NBA officially releases the schedule, some details tend to trickle out. According to longtime Heat writer Ira Winderman, Miami will open the 2013-14 season at home against the Bulls on Oct. 29.
Of course, that's the night Heat players will receive championship rings. The Bulls were the guest during Miami's ring night in 2006 and beat the Heat 108-66.
This season's opener will be significant for the return of Derrick Rose after 18 months off with a knee injury, although he is expected to play in the preseason.
In honor of Nate Robinson, now a member of the Denver Nuggets, here's a list of notable players who spent just one season with the Bulls.
It's not meant to be complete, but should include everyone who averaged at least 9 points per game:
Notable Bulls who spent just one season in Chicago:
George Gervin, 85-86.........82.......16.2
Nate Robinson, 12-13.........82.......13.1
Mitchell Wiggins, 83-84.......82.......12.4
Joe Smith, 07-08...............50........11.2
Brent Barry, 98-99.............37........11.1
Gar Heard, 72-73...............73........10.3
Don Kojis, 66-67................78........10.2
Flip Murray, 09-10..............29........10.1
Bobby Wilkerson, 80-81......80........10.0
The Bulls released power forward Malcolm Thomas on Tuesday. I know some fans don't like the decision because Thomas played well in summer league, but this really isn't a significant move.
When they brought in Thomas late last season, they added a nonguaranteed year onto the contract. This is standard procedure in the NBA, because it gives a team another trading chip that can help make a deal work. It's possible the Bulls had to waive him by this date to avoid further payment.
According to multiple reports, former Bulls guard Nate Robinson is planning to sign a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets for around $4 million total.
Many Bulls fans will be sad to see the brief Robinson era come to an end. He was an effective sparkplug who turned in some heroic performances in place of the injured Derrick Rose.
Robinson's most memorable effort was the 34 points he scored in the wild triple-overtime playoff victory in Game 4 against Brooklyn. The victory put the Bulls up 3-1 in the series and they went on to win it in seven.
He also scored 35 points against New York, 34 against Denver and had 27 points when the Bulls opened the second round with a surprising victory in Miami.
Veteran big man Marcus Camby will choose between the Bulls, Houston and Miami, according to Fox Sports Florida.
Camby was traded from New York to Toronto in the Andrea Bargnani deal, but negotiated a contract buyout with the Raptors, his original team, so he could join a contender.
Some have suggested Houston is the favorite, since he finished the 2011-12 season with the Rockets. Camby has ties to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant with New York when Camby played there from 1998-2002.
How much Camby would help any team is the big question. Once a talented shot blocker, Camby will turn 40 in March and averaged just 1.8 points in 24 games for the Knicks last season.
According to various reports, the Philadelphia 76ers, whose coaching search has dragged on for weeks, are interested in talking to Bulls assistants Adrian Griffin and Ed Pinckney.
Griffin is taking the lead on the Bulls' summer league squad in Las Vegas, but all the Bulls' assistants are on the bench, including Pinckney, Andy Greer and Mike Wilhelm.
Meanwhile, former Bulls assistant Ron Adams has landed in Boston, where he'll be the lead assistant for new Celtics coach Brad Stevens. The Bulls chose not to renew Adams' contract in a controversial move. Adams and Tom Thibodeau have been tight since working together in San Antonio in the early 1990s.
Stevens, the former Butler coach, is one of the youngest head coaches in NBA history at 36.
The Bulls have found themselves a summer sensation. Andrew Goudelock dropped in 31 points, hitting 10 of 13 shots from the field, as the Bulls beat Denver 93-81 at the Las Vegas summer league on Monday.
Goudelock was already the leading scorer in Las Vegas, tallying 26 points in the opener. The summer Bulls improved to 2-0 and play Portland on Tuesday before starting the playoffs.
Malcolm Thomas set a summer-league record with 22 rebounds, to go with 13 points. Second-round draft pick Erik Murphy bounced back from a tough opening game to score 18 points, hitting 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range.
Derrick Rose has been avoiding media in Chicago, but here he is on a Serbian TV's "Ami G Show." Rose even gets out on the court at the end.
This was part of a promotional tour of Europe, which took Rose to Milan, Paris, London, Belgrade, Croatia and is wrapping up in Madrid.
Andrei Kirilenko opted out of a $10 million contract for next season from the Timberwolves. Instead, he took the mini mid-level from Brooklyn, worth $3.18 million.
Consider it another coup for the Nets, who added Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Shaun Livingston this summer without giving up any key players beyond Gerald Wallace.
All these moves come at a price. By adding Kirilenko, Brooklyn’s payroll for next season has crossed the $100 million barrier (the salary cap is $58 million). Thanks to the new escalating luxury tax included in the latest collective bargaining agreement, the Nets are facing a tax bill of around $82 million.
The previous record for largest luxury tax bill was $52 million by Portland in 2002-03, according to ShamSports.