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Carmelo Anthony traded to Bulls, who will waive him

Carmelo Anthony

The Houston Rockets have finally come up with a solution for parting ways with Carmelo Anthony.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash to the Chicago Bulls.

By trading Anthony, the Rockets will save $2.6 million on their luxury tax bill. The move is likely a financially-motivated one for the Bulls, too, as they are currently 11-36 and have no use for a veteran scorer. Wojnarowski added that they are expected to waive Anthony.

The situation is similar to what happened with Anthony before he ended up with the Rockets, when he was first traded to the Atlanta Hawks and never played a game for them. Carmelo even cracked a funny joke about that when it happened.

It’s unclear how much Anthony has left in the tank. The 34-year-old appeared in just 10 games for Houston and averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. There has been speculation that he could finally end up playing alongside his good friend LeBron James.

Zach LaVine appears to throw shade at Bulls’ coaches

Zach LaVine

The Chicago Bulls have not won a game in nearly a month, and their best player came awfully close to blaming that on the coaching staff following the team’s latest loss.

After the Bulls fell 117-103 to the Miami Heat on Saturday for their 10th consecutive loss, Zach LaVine called attention to the fact that the Bulls have as good of a roster as they have had all year but somehow look worse than ever.

If the roster is better now, what could account for the even worse performance? It seems fairly obvious that LaVine is referring to coaching.

For any other team, LaVine’s comments might be a surprise. However, it has already been well documented that Bulls players do not see eye-to-eye with head coach Jim Boylen, who took over after Fred Hoiberg was fired earlier in the year. Chicago’s front office has supported Boylen and given him the freedom to run the team with his disciplinarian style, but that nearly led to a mutiny earlier in the season.

At one point, it seemed like LaVine was trying to take on a leadership role by playing the middle man between Boylen and frustrated Bulls players. His latest remarks indicate he, too, has run out of patience.

Watch: Bulls, Thunder scuffle leads to double-technical fouls

Thunder Bulls scrap

Several players were hit with technical fouls for their roles in a third quarter scuffle between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

Kris Dunn shoved Russell Westbrook with under five minutes remaining the quarter. Westbrook shoved him back. Then Jerami Grant came in to interfere, and Chicago’s Robin Lopez got in the middle and was the most heated of all.

Dunn, Westbrook, Grant and Lopez all received technical fouls for their actions.

A few minutes later, Lopez was ejected from the game after being called for a tech for dropping the ball onto Grant.

Lopez had it coming.

Zach LaVine met with Jim Boylen in attempt to clear the air

Zach LaVine

The Chicago Bulls appear to be on the brink of disaster under new head coach Jim Boylen, and Zach LaVine is doing what he can to try to help keep the peace.

LaVine told ESPN’s Malika Andrews and Ramona Shelburne that he met with Boylen one-on-one after several Bulls players discussed the idea of boycotting Sunday’s practice, which Boylen was planning to hold after the team played games on consecutive nights. LaVine said he wanted to voice his opinion and hear his coach out as one of the leaders in Chicago.

“You just want to be real with people,” the star point guard said. “There shouldn’t be any clouds. I think of myself as one of the leaders on the team. I just wanted to voice my opinion to them.”

“This is a business, this isn’t a dictatorship. We are all grown men, so everybody has a voice.”

A bombshell report from Yahoo Sports this week detailed some of the issues that have been going on between Boylen and his players. According to the report, Bulls players texted each other after Saturday night’s 56-point loss to the Boston Celtics to discuss the idea of skipping Sunday’s practice because they were embarrassed over the way Boylen subbed out all five players at once on two separate occasions during the blowout. Boylen originally called for a two-and-a-half hour practice, and some players went as far as to contact the National Basketball Players’ Association over coach the coach’s tactics.

Boylen said Monday that he planned on holding a tough practice on Sunday but changed his mind and was going to have a light one, though he claimed he was not swayed by players threatening to boycott. The team ultimately decided to report to work and hold a players-only meeting followed by another meeting with management and coaches. LaVine said he spoke with Boylen separately after those meetings.

According to ESPN, the idea of forming a “leadership committee” was discussed during the second meeting on Sunday. That would involve whoever was appointed to the committee acting as a liaison between the players and coaches to avoid these types of issues going forward.

Boylen has been given the authority by Bulls management to change the culture of the team however he deems necessary, but it is clear some of his hard-nosed tactics have backfired.

Kings player trolls Bulls with funny zinger after easy win

Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings piled on to the Chicago Bulls’ misery.

The Bulls’ disappointing start to the season continued with a 108-89 loss to the Kings in Chicago. Following the game, a Sacramento player trolled the Bulls with a comment that made reference to the way their new head coach is handling the team.

Following a loss to the Indiana Pacers last week, new Bulls head coach Jim Boylen had his players run “suicides” during a two and a half hour practice. Boylen reportedly felt the team was not in good condition.

Since then, Chicago has held a team meeting and had players discuss skipping practice. There have also been players who reportedly confronted Boylen over his coaching tactics.

Right now, it’s easy to pile on the Chicago Bulls, and at least one Sacramento Kings player did just that.

Bulls players reportedly confronted Jim Boylen over aggressive coaching tactics

Jim Boylen

The issues the Chicago Bulls are experiencing appear to run pretty deep.

According to Vincent Goodwill and Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Bulls players went as far as to contact the National Basketball Players’ Association over coach Jim Boylen’s handling at the team. Grievances include Boylen’s decision to call for a two-and-a-half hour Sunday practice after the Bulls had played back-to-back games. The second of those back-to-backs saw the entire Chicago starting five off as a group twice. They were the latest instances in conduct unusual of an NBA head coach, including Boylen forcing his team to watch game film immediately after one loss to Indiana despite emotions still being high.

As previously reported, the Bulls considered skipping the Sunday practice entirely, but ultimately showed up and demanded to meet instead. Boylen defended himself when confronting, citing his time as a San Antonio Spurs assistant under Gregg Popovich, who has occasionally used the same approach of pulling all five players when dissatisfied with performance. One player responded by noting simply that Boylen is no Popovich.

Some executives feel that Boylen has already lost the team, perhaps irreparably. His efforts to put a stamp of authority on the team appear to have backfired and done nothing but break trust and lead to negative feelings.

Report: Bulls players discussed skipping practice

Chicago Bulls logo

The Chicago Bulls’ rough start to the season has included a players-only meeting and players discussing not showing up to practice.

The Bulls suffered their largest defeat in franchise history on Saturday, a 56-point loss to the Boston Celtics. The following day, members of the Bulls held a players-only meeting that had a dispute surrounding it.

Prior to the meeting taking place, there were a few players in a text message exchange who reportedly discussed not showing up to practice.

Leading up to the season, the Bulls were pegged by most to not be very good and they are living up to that expectation so far. They are 6-21 on the season and fired head coach Fred Hoiberg after 24 games. Now it’s up to Jim Boylen to right the ship, which may be easier said than done.

Chicago Bulls hold team meeting after disastrous loss

Chicago Bulls logo

The Chicago Bulls held a team meeting on Sunday, the day after suffering an absolutely disastrous loss.

The Bulls were hammered by the Boston Celtics at home on Saturday 133-77. The 56-point margin of defeat was the largest in franchise history. Things were so bad that new head coach Jim Boylen benched his starters in the third quarter, figuring they were better off saving energy for a practice than wasting it in a blowout loss.

Bulls players held a players-only meeting to start practice.

How screwed up are the Bulls? They are having a dispute over who called for the players-only meeting. The players said they did it, while Boylen said he decided to have meetings instead of practice.

Chicago is now 6-21 on the season in what is clearly a rebuilding year. They are destined for a high pick in next year’s draft.

Bulls intend to keep coach Jim Boylen through next season

Chicago Bulls logo

The Chicago Bulls continue to affirm that they are absolutely committed to coach Jim Boylen.

Boylen was named the team’s permanent coach Monday after the firing of Fred Hoiberg, and in a subsequent press conference, Bulls vice president John Paxson made clear that they don’t view Boylen as a stopgap.

The decision to skip an interim tag and make Boylen the coach is slightly unusual, though the Cleveland Cavaliers did something similar this season, albeit after a bit of public negotiating. Boylen’s only head coaching experience is at the college level, and it’s a bit strange to see the Bulls passing up the chance to launch a full-scale search. We’ll see if they stick to that, especially if the team continues struggling, but they’re certainly making a public statement suggesting that Boylen doesn’t have to sweat his employment.

Bulls fire Fred Hoiberg, make Jim Boylen permanent head coach

Fred Hoiberg

The Chicago Bulls announced on Monday that they have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg following one of their worst starts in franchise history, and they will not be conducting a search for his replacement.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jim Boylen will take over as the head coach in Chicago, and he will not be given the interim title.

After they won just 27 games last year, the Bulls are off to a 5-19 start this season and look like one of the worst teams in the NBA. They made the playoffs just once in Hoiberg’s three-plus seasons with the team and lost in the first round.

Boylen has been the associate head coach in Chicago since 2015. He spent three seasons as an assistant on Gregg Popovich’s staff with the San Antonio Spurs prior to that.

Hoiberg was one of the 10 coaches we listed at the start of the year who were on the hot seat, and more than one of them have already lost their jobs.