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Bulls and Derrick Rose have mutual interest in reunion?

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is a Chicago native and won an MVP with the Bulls before multiple knee injuries derailed his career. It had appeared that his story with Chicago ended there, but there might be another chapter.

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report said on “The Alex Kennedy Podcast” that the Bulls want to bring in multiple point guards this offseason to take some playmaking pressure off Zach LaVine. Fischer added that one of the players they’re looking at is Rose, who is set to become a free agent.

“I think there’s real interest from both sides in Derrick Rose and Chicago having a reunion of sorts,” Fischer said on the podcast.

Rose has reinvented himself as a valuable bench scorer, averaging 14.9 points per game after a midseason trade to the New York Knicks. He’s said in the past that he’d be open to a return to the Bulls if the circumstances were right. Chicago is a team seemingly on the rise, so it could be the perfect time for the 32-year-old to return home.

Bulls reportedly the favorite to sign Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball

The New Orleans Pelicans are not expected to bring back restricted free agent Lonzo Ball, and it appears a clear favorite to sign the point guard has emerged.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports said during NBA TV’s free agency special on Saturday that the Chicago Bulls are expected to sign Ball. Haynes added that Ball will only land elsewhere if there is a major “hiccup,” according to Mark Schanowski of ABC-7 in Chicago.

That meshes with what Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer was told this week, which is that there is mutual interest between Ball and the Bulls on a four-year deal worth around $80 million.

Ball averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game with the Pelicans this season. He is not a player that executive David Griffin drafted, which is one reason it has been widely assumed that New Orleans will move on from him.

Dennis Schroder expected to be pursued by Knicks, Bulls

Dennis Schroder

Many Los Angeles Lakers fans might be happy to see Dennis Schroder go, but the guard looks set to attract plenty of interest as an unrestricted free agent.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Schroder turned down a four-year, $84 million offer from the Lakers earlier in the year. The guard appears to want more money and a larger role than the Lakers can offer, and a sign-and-trade may be on the table.

The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are mentioned as two teams that are likely to have interest in Schroder. Both have the means to land Schroder via a sign-and-trade, though the Knicks will also have the cap space to sign him outright without negotiating with the Lakers.

Based on other reports, whoever wants Schroder will likely have to pay the guard a lot of money. He has youth on his side, as he turns 28 in September, but he’s never really been a featured option on a team. His play down the stretch with the Lakers convinced some that he never will be, either.

Schroder, an eight-year veteran, averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists for the Lakers last season.

Wizards’ Chandler Hutchison trolls former team Bulls after making playoffs

Chandler Hutchison

Chandler Hutchison is having some fun at the expense of his former team.

Hutchison’s Washington Wizards clinched the No. 8 seed in the East with a victory over the Indiana Pacers in the play-in game on Thursday. After the game, Hutchison took to TikTok to troll his old team, the Chicago Bulls. In his caption, Hutchison wrote, “When you get traded and help your new team to the playoffs.”

The forward Hutchison began the season with the Bulls but got traded to the Wizards at the deadline. Washington was behind Chicago in the standings at the time. But the Wizads overtook them to get the final seed in the East while the Bulls did not even make it to the play-in tournament.

But though Hutchison has gotten more minutes with the Wizards, he is still only averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for them. Regardless, this is probably the best troll job of the Bulls we have seen since this one.

Bulls announcers criticize Denzel Valentine for baffling shot selection

Denzel Valentine

Denzel Valentine pulled up for one of the worst shots you will ever see near the end of the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday, and the announcers who were calling the game did not hold back with the criticism.

Valentine made some big baskets down the stretch to help the Bulls chip away after being down more than 20 points. However, the bench player got carried away when he grabbed a rebound with Chicago trailing 101-96 and less than a minute remaining. Valentine dribbled up the court and pulled up from about 30 feet. The result was an airball, and Bulls announcers Adam Amin and Stacey King were disgusted.

The mind-boggling shot cost Chicago any real chance to win. Valentine acknowledged that after the game.

“I had made 3 in a row before that. It was a bad shot,” he admitted, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Chicago. “I just kind of got lost in the game.”

Here’s another angle that shows just how badly Valentine missed:

You can understand why Valentine was feeling it after hitting some big shots, but pulling up from 30 feet in that situation is inexcusable — especially for a role player. There are probably only a few players in the NBA (Stephen Curry being one) who could get away with that.

If you remember, Valentine had some issues with the previous Bulls regime over his role on the team. A few more of those shots and there might be some tension with the new coaching staff, too.


Report: Two teams pursuing Lonzo Ball trade

Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball’s name keeps coming up in trade rumors, even as there are questions about whether the New Orleans Pelicans point guard is even available.

According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks have both reached out to the Pelicans about a Ball trade. The Bulls have offered Tomas Satoransky and second-round picks, while talks with the Hawks are centered on Cam Reddish.

There remains skepticism that the Pelicans are willing to trade Ball right now. However, they are also aware of the reality that Ball is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. While they can gamble on some sort of sign-and-trade deal in the summer, there is also the risk of either losing him for nothing or being confronted with matching a hefty contract they would not be enthusiastic about.

Ball’s numbers have improved this year, with the guard shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc and averaging a career-best 14.2 points per game. There appears to be at least one other team eyeing him right now, and the 23-year-old will definitely be in high demand this summer no matter what.

Billy Donovan to become Chicago Bulls’ head coach

Billy Donovan

Billy Donovan was not out of a job for long.

Donovan has agreed to become the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday.

Donovan was let go by the Oklahoma City Thunder after the team was eliminated from the NBA playoffs. The Thunder reportedly are preparing to go into a rebuild and decided not to renew Donovan’s contract.

The Bulls were deciding on the future of Jim Boylen and fired him last month, creating a vacancy. They now have made a huge upgrade with the addition of Donovan.

Donovan, 55, won two national championships as a head coach in college at Florida before jumping to the pros. His teams made the playoffs all five years he was the coach of the Thunder, though they lost in the first round the last four years.

Jim Boylen fired as head coach of Bulls

Jim Boylen will not be returning as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls next season.

The Bulls issued a statement on Friday announcing that they have fired Boylen. New executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas said the decision was “very difficult” and thanked Boylen for his service.

“After doing a comprehensive evaluation and giving the process the time it deserved, I ultimately decided that a fresh approach and evolution in leadership was necessary,” Karnisovas said.

Boylen took over as head coach of the Bulls in Dec. 2018 when Fred Hoiberg was fired. He went 39-84 with the team in parts of two seasons, and recent reports indicated the Bulls were likely to keep him around.

The dismissal is hardly shocking, however. Boylen’s old-school style did not sit well with many Chicago players, and one player recently had some things to say about the coach that were not very flattering. Players were also reportedly unhappy with Boylen’s offense in addition to his coaching methods.

Now that Boylen has been fired, Philadelphia 76ers assistant Ime Udoka will be one of the early names to watch for Chicago’s head coaching vacancy.

Report: Jim Boylen likely to be retained as Bulls coach

Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen’s future looked grim a few months ago, but there is growing reason to believe he’s going to keep his job after all.

According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, there is “strong growning momentum” that Boylen will be retained as the Bulls’ head coach. The primary reason is said to be the finances of chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

Reinsdorf, who also owns the White Sox and the United Center, estimated that his losses due to the pandemic will be in the nine figure range. In addition, uncertainty about the 2020-21 NBA season — and the fact that some sort of separate camp for the Bulls and the seven other teams not invited to the Orlando bubble — makes keeping Boylen a safer option at this point.

Boylen’s salary is also a factor. His $1.6 million salary makes him one of the league’s lowest-paid head coaches, which is advantageous given Reinsdorf’s financial concerns.

It had been widely speculated that new basketball operations vice president Arturas Karnisovas would want to bring in his own coach. That was especially true given there have been complaints from players about Boylen’s offense, and Boylen does not appear to be well-liked by his team. Ultimately, it appears that won’t matter, and Boylen and his players will have to make it work for another year.

Bulls rookie Daniel Gafford shares candid thoughts on Jim Boylen

Jim Boylen

Jim Boylen has had a difficult time connecting with Chicago Bulls players since he took over as head coach last season. Some comments rookie Daniel Gafford made about Boylen this week are a reminder of that.

Gafford was asked during a Twitch stream on Monday if he likes Boylen. The former Arkansas star didn’t exactly give his coach a ringing endorsement, saying Boylen has some things to work on as both a person and coach.

Those remarks are likely on par with how Bulls veterans feel about Boylen.

Boylen has gone 39-84 as Chicago’s head coach in parts of two seasons. The Bulls were 22-43 at the time the season was postponed and did not make the cut for the resumed season in Orlando. While the team recently brought in Arturas Karnisovas to overhaul the front office and organization, there have been indications that Boylen is going to keep his job for now.

Boylen’s old-school approach has resulted in several key players reportedly wanting him fired, but the Bulls may give him another shot to prove himself next season.