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All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Rose's team clobbered in Team USA scrimmage

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 12:30
Derrick Rose wrapped up a three-day Team USA mini-camp by playing on the losing side of an intrasquad scrimmage late Saturday night at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. The Blue team, led by Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, rolled to an 100-81 victory over the White, which was led in scoring by a couple of Memphis Grizzlies. Rudy Gay was the game’s high-scorer with 27 points and he hit an impressive 11-of-12 shots from the field. O.J. Mayo didn’t shoot as well (5-for-16), but added 13 points for the White squad. Rose finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 turnovers in 28 minutes of action, hitting 3-of-7 shots from the field.

Rose takes court at USA mini-camp; David Lee a long shot

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 23:49
Derrick Rose has kept a low profile this summer. But he was back on the court Thursday for the opening practice of a USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas. Rose is one of 22 young players hoping to get an invite to join the squad for next year’s FIBA World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics. The NBA’s rookie of the year made it clear he’d like to be on the medal stand at the next Olympics and probably has a decent chance of joining the team. The mini-camp will conclude Saturday with an intrasquad game at the Thomas & Mack Center.

It's a shame Reinsdorf doesn't speak more often

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 16:56
Over the years, several Bulls staffers have told me chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is a genuinely nice person and a great boss. I had little to say in response, because I barely knew the guy. I can think of maybe three or four times during 10 years of covering the Bulls full-time that I’ve spoken with Reinsdorf. A couple of those were when he was made available for other causes, such as the WNBA ticket experiment and dedication of a new basketball court in North Chicago. Reinsdorf finally agreed to sit down with the team’s three beat writers on Monday and, really, it’s a shame he doesn’t talk more often. He was very thoughtful, friendly and open during the interview session. If I can appreciate hearing from Reinsdorf, fans of the Bulls and White Sox probably feel the same way.

Utah keeps Millsap, ready to launch Boozer?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/17/2009 - 11:00
Utah will hang onto Paul Millsap, which means the next logical transaction for the Jazz will be to relocate Carlos Boozer. As expected, Utah matched the four-year, $32 million offer sheet given to Millsap by Portland. Now it's a question of where Boozer will land, though the Jazz may be in no hurry to move the burly power forward. I'm sure Utah would like to start next season without him, but they could always keep the burly power forward until the trade deadline next February.

Boozer on WMVP: I'm going to be traded

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 12:44
Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer appeared on WMVP’s “Waddle and Silvy Show” Tuesday morning and pretty much said what Bulls fans – if they are pro-Boozer – would want to hear: --He believes he’ll be traded relatively soon. --He’d love to play for the Bulls. --He’s open to signing a contract extension and skipping free agency next year. --He’s tight with Miami’s Dwyane Wade. The Bulls’ ultimate goal appears to be trading for Boozer this summer, while also clearing enough cap room to encourage Wade to come home next summer as a free agent. As a refresher, Boozer has averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in two of the last three seasons. Anyway, here’s the interview: Q: Do you think you will be traded?

Will Bulls trade for Boozer now and chase Wade next summer?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/09/2009 - 17:01
The NBA rumor mill has been churning today with talk of a possible three-way deal that would send Utah power forward Carlos Boozer to the Bulls. Tyrus Thomas would go to Utah and Kirk Hinrich to Portland. A league insider confirmed that talks are taking place, but have not gotten detailed yet. It sounds like Utah is checking the trade market for Boozer, who could have opted out of his contract this summer. Instead, he decided to stick around for one more year at $12.7 million. Another possibility that has been floated is Boozer going to Detroit for Richard Hamilton, who became expendable when the Pistons signed former Bulls guard Ben Gordon as a free agent.

NBA stays up late to release new salary cap

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 01:51
The NBA chose to release this year’s salary cap and luxury-tax threshold at 9:30 p.m. Central time on Tuesday. For the second time since the cap was instituted in 1984, the number dropped. The new cap is $57.7 million, about a million less than last year. The luxury-tax threshold is $69.92 million. The mid-level exception, which is supposed to represent the average salary, is $5.85 million. Considering the economy, the drop isn’t all that surprising, since it represents a decrease in revenue. The last time the salary cap dropped was before the 2002-03 season. The Bulls are over the cap this year, even with the departure of Ben Gordon. They’ll pay more attention to the luxury-tax number, because they want to avoid it.

Iverson to the Bulls a ridiculous thought

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 15:29
If anyone was alarmed by the Internet rumor posted Friday that the Bulls and Pistons are talking about turning the Ben Gordon free-agent signing into a sign-and-trade that would send Allen Iverson to the Bulls, don’t worry. There is no chance of that happening. In fact, a team source confirmed that the Pistons have not even asked about doing a sign-and-trade for Gordon. One reason teams might talk about such a thing is Gordon could get a sixth year on his contract if he re-signs with the Bulls and is traded to Detroit. Most people believe the approximately five-year, $55 million deal for Gordon is already above market value, so a sixth year hardly seems necessary.

Were Bulls fans "cheated?"

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/02/2009 - 01:45
When I spoke to Ben Gordon late Wednesday, after he agreed to a free-agent deal with Detroit, one comment he made was that he felt Bulls fans had been “cheated.” He didn’t elaborate, but I think he was referring to how the Bulls have given away some quality players in recent years to keep the payroll modest. Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Thabo Sefolosha left for little in return, while some players criticized the decision to send Tim Thomas home during the 2005-06 season. Of course, Bulls’ home attendance has been very strong throughout the decade.

Gordon appears to have a deal with Detroit

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 18:02 reported that Ben Gordon has agreed to a five-year, $55-million deal with the Detroit Pistons. The Detroit News, usually a reliable source of Pistons news, called it a five-year deal worth more than $50 million. The Bulls' leading scorer for the past four seasons spent Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Mich., on a free-agent recruiting visit. He can't officially sign a new contract until July 8. Realistically, Gordon staying with the Bulls was a long shot. For the past two years, Gordon turned down offers from the Bulls that were similar to what he’ll likely get from the Pistons. Those deals he turned down were believed to be five years, $50 million in 2008 and six years, $54 million last summer.