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Chicago Bulls: the Backup Center Dynamic

July 24th, 2014 at 10:40 AM
By Christopher Terzic

Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah played and started 80 games last season for the Chicago Bulls playing 35.3 minutes a game at a relentless pace. For seven seasons Joakim Noah has poured his heart and soul on to the hardwood; as fierce a competitor the NBA has to offer. To his credit, the seven-foot Noah has rarely let a myriad of ailments, including: foot, knee, wrist, and groin injuries curtail his performance and output for the duration of his career. But, Noah is turning 30 this season, and his ferocious motor with which he plays could very well start turning nagging injuries into prolonged sideline stints.

Noah’s backup the past two seasons has been respected veteran Nazr Mohammed. While by all accounts, Mohammed is an appreciated mature locker room presence and a consummate professional – he’ll be 37 in September and isn’t a sufficient enough to mitigate the production lost while Noah gets a breather (or rather, catches his breath). Unless Tom Thibodeau is devising lineups using Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, and Nikola Mirotic at the four and five together more frequently while giving Noah longer rests, the Bulls backup center position still stands to be an area to improve.

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Bulls Summer League Wrap up: Who Gets a Training Camp Invite?

July 23rd, 2014 at 11:37 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Finishing the Las Vegas Summer League 4-1, the Chicago Bulls have plenty of optimistic outlooks to take from Vegas. Although summer league is not an exact science for evaluating or indicator of sustainable basketball playing ability, it is the first time some rookies get their first taste of NBA level competition. It’s also a congregation of second-year players, D-Leaguers, ex-NCAAers, and Euro professionals. A crucible of hopeful and hope-filled ballers.

At any given time when watching a summer league game, you might recognize a name you haven’t heard from in years (you also will find some pretty questionable shot-selection in abundance). Yeah, you’ll see some hero-ball but it’s not because these guys playing in summer league are trying to “get theirs” or boost their personal statistics to ameliorate their next contract. Most of these guys are fighting for the slight opportunity to get an NBA contract.

That’s what makes summer league fun for the die-hard fan; summer league becomes a game within a game – trying to spot out what fringe player could conceivably earn an invite to an NBA training camp. Aside from studying the first-steps of the notable names headlining summer league, it’s the guys who’ve gone from Milwaukee to Melbourne to Moscow keeping their professional dreams afloat that make summer league more than a glorified exhibition.

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The Bulls Aren’t Trading for Kevin Love, nor Should They

July 23rd, 2014 at 7:49 PM
By Christopher Terzic

It’s late July, free agency is on its last legs with only a few signings of significance remaining that could transpire. So naturally, the time to fire up the Kevin Love to the Chicago Bulls rumors couldn’t be more appropriate. To briefly give you a timeline: Love, the disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves superstar power forward has made his desire to be traded and discontent with Timberwolves’ management public for a few months now. Only about a month ago the Bulls were engaging in trade talks with Minnesota, and during that time Chicago’s own superstar Derrick Rose spoke on his preference to play with Love as a teammate over then free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The Bulls were initially linked to Minnesota due to their potential trade offer containing appealing players and assets for Minnesota to work with in exchange for Love, a top ten NBA talent. The proposition from Chicago was to send guard Jimmy Butler, forward Taj Gibson, and multiple first-round draft picks to Minnesota (note: this was before the draft, when the Bulls had the #14 and #16 picks). Not to mention the Bulls’ dangled Serb Nikola Mirotic along the way.

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Chicago Bulls Officially Announce Signings of Aaron Brooks and Doug McDermott

July 22nd, 2014 at 6:41 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Just to pass along the official word, the Chicago Bulls have signed both Aaron Brooks and Doug McDermott today. Neither contract details have been released, but the consensus is Brooks will most certainly receive a one-year deal on the veteran minimum salary. Meanwhile McDermott will receive the slotted rate for a rookie picked with the eleventh overall selection which comes out to $1,843,100 in year one and $1,916,700 in year two as guarantees.

McDermott’s third season becomes a team option which if picked up is just a shade under $2 million at $1,999,200, his fourth year is also still under team option which is 32.7 percentage increase over his third year salary.

It’s pretty worthless for the time being to speculate over what McDermott could make four years down the road, with restricted free agency potentially altering things as well as an extension between McDermott and the Bulls going into his fourth season, would. So for now the main takeaway is that McDermott’s under the Bulls’ control for a possibility of up to seven years, but is guaranteed only the first two years of money.  

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Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, Doug McDermott Join USA Select Team Roster

July 22nd, 2014 at 6:09 PM
By Christopher Terzic

This summer just keeps getting better and better for Bulls rookie forward Doug McDermott as he and third-year swingman Jimmy Butler will be representatives of the Chicago Bulls for the 2014 USA Select Team. Comprised of a roster of 13 players, the two Bulls will be a part of a team that’s main priority is to prepare the USA Men’s National Basketball team for FIBA and Olympic competitions.

From July 28-31 the Select Team will train in a mini-camp with the National Team in Las Vegas. Other members of the Select Team include: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Trey Burke (Utah Jazz), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks), Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic), Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic), Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets), Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics), Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers), and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

The Select Team provides experience for young players playing against the highest level of competition in the world, and also begins the initiation process for becoming involved and integrated in Team USA’s Men’s Basketball program. McDermott is one of two (Marcus Smart being the other) players named to the Select Team with no prior NBA experience, while Butler along with Tobias Harris are the lone third-year players on the roster.  

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