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Dwyane Wade’s Arrival Brings Much-Needed Star Power Back to Chicago Bulls

August 1st, 2016
CHICAGO — The NBA world has had over three weeks to digest the notion of Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bull, but it didn’t start to feel real until Friday afternoon. Even after Wade appeared on Live with Kelly to discuss his decision to leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons; even after ...

Chicago Bulls Put Off Rebuild for Another Year, and That’s Confusing

July 8th, 2016
CHICAGO — Gar Forman has interesting definitions of the words “younger” and “more athletic.” Those were buzzwords the Chicago Bulls general manager returned to on Thursday afternoon when he introduced the team’s newest acquisition, 30-year-old point guard Rajon Rondo. It came a day after the Bulls reportedly agreed to a two-year, $47.5 ...

Derrick Rose Trade Marks the End of an Era for Chicago Bulls

June 22nd, 2016
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose’s Wednesday exit from the only organization he has ever known was just as sudden as the premature end to his MVP peak. He was shipped to the New York Knicks along with forward Justin Holiday and a second-round pick in exchange for second-year point guard Jerian Grant, ...

Jimmy Butler Trade with Minnesota Timberwolves Unlikely Despite Recent Rumors

June 15th, 2016
The NBA offseason isn't even officially underway, and already one thing is clear: The Jimmy Butler trade rumors aren't going anywhere, whether the Chicago Bulls move him or not. On Monday, ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chad Ford reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves are dangling the No. 5 overall pick in next ...

It’s Time for the Chicago Bulls and Joakim Noah to Move On from Each Other

May 26th, 2016
Goodbyes are hard, but sometimes they're necessary. That's where the Chicago Bulls and Joakim Noah find themselves this summer. For the past nine years, Noah has been a Chicago institution, both on the court and in the community. He's the team’s emotional leader and, when healthy, a game-changing defensive presence in ...

Ignore the Rumors, Jimmy Butler Shouldn’t Be Going Anywhere

May 21st, 2016
Last July, when Jimmy Butler sat with Chicago Bulls brass in the event room at the United Center to announce a five-year, $92.3 million extension, nobody imagined we’d be here, with rumblings of a trade even a possibility. After a breakout 2014-15 season where Butler won the NBA’s Most Improved Player ...

Trading Derrick Rose Makes Little Sense for Chicago Bulls

May 11th, 2016
If Derrick Rose’s infamous comments about preparing for free agency caused a stir in September 2015, speculation is likely going to be unavoidable this summer and heading into next season. The Chicago Bulls have plenty of decisions to make at this juncture, starting with their upcoming lottery pick and what they’ll do ...

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers Proving They Won’t Go Quietly Against the Warriors

May 7th, 2016
Give the Portland Trail Blazers this: They aren’t going to roll over. No, there isn’t a high likelihood they’ll win their second-round series against the Golden State Warriors—especially with Stephen Curry getting ever closer to a return, which could come as soon as Monday’s Game 4. But in Saturday’s 120-108 win ...

Los Angeles Clippers’ Playoff Run in Jeopardy Following Chris Paul Injury

April 26th, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore. — Barely 24 hours after losing Stephen Curry, the 2016 playoffs lost another top point guard, one who might have been set to face the Curry-less Golden State Warriors in the second round. During the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 98-84 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on ...

Portland Trail Blazers Must Correct Offensive Woes to Reverse Chances of Upset

April 23rd, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore. — In a first round that has been heavy on blowouts and light on real drama, the Portland Trail Blazers were supposed to be the Western Conference’s one shot at an upset. So far, it hasn’t worked out that way. The Blazers return home to the Moda Center trailing ...