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Report: Bulls players discussed skipping practice

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Report: Jabari Parker to join Bulls after Bucks rescind offer

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The Jabari Parker era is over in Milwaukee.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal with Parker after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded his qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Parker’s tenure in Milwaukee was ultimately a failure. Once the No. 2 pick, injuries limited him from reaching his full effectiveness, including an ACL tear that kept him out for much of the first half of last season. He’s also had to cope with questions about his attitude.

That said, Parker is a little more than a year removed from a season in which he averaged 20 points per game. He now gets to play in his hometown, where the Bulls are betting on his talent.

Jabari Parker reportedly wants to join Bulls

Jabari Parker

The Chicago Bulls and Jabari Parker appear to have mutual interest.

According to Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago, Parker “wants to be a Bull,” and there is some smoke to the rumors.

We heard a while back that the Bulls had interest in Parker, currently a restricted free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s not clear how willing the Bucks would be to match any offer sheet that Parker receives.

The 23-year-old averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 31 games last season as he worked his way back into action following a torn ACL. The Bulls would be banking on him to recover the form that made him the second overall pick in the NBA Draft just four years ago.

Report: Bulls have interest in Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker

The Chicago Bulls reportedly have interest in restricted free agent forward Jabari Parker.

Parker, currently of the Milwaukee Bucks, is a Chicago native, and the Bulls are looking at the 23-year-old as a potential addition, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.

It’s not really clear how serious the Bucks are about holding on to Parker. There have been numerous reports about behind-the-scenes drama, and he averaged only 24 minutes per game for them last season. That was in part due to recovery from an ACL tear, but that is the second major factor, as he’s suffered such an injury twice already. That said, he’s still only 23 and is very talented, so it probably depends on how far the Bulls are willing to go if they do make an offer.

Report: Wizards ‘actively exploring’ trade possibilities for Marcin Gortat

The Washington Wizards are reportedly looking to trade Marcin Gortat before the NBA Draft, but they may not be willing to give up the necessary assets to unload the big man.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Wizards are “actively exploring” trade possibilities for Gortat, but they are unwilling to give up the No. 15 overall pick in the draft as part of a potential deal. That is apparently an issue for teams.

Gortat, 34, has one year and $13.5 million remaining on his contract. He appeared in all 82 games for Washington last season and averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but teams may not want to pay that much for an aging big man.

The Wizards would probably be fine with keeping Gortat, but their have been indications that he is not getting along with John Wall. That’s probably part — if not most — of the reason both he and the team are open to parting ways.

Mikal Bridges feels he would fit ‘perfectly’ with Bulls

NBA draft picks have little say in where they land, but former Villanova swingman Mikal Bridges is certainly hoping that he ends up on a certain team.

Bridges worked out for the Chicago Bulls on Monday, and the team made him available for the media, where he offered effusive praise for the organization and how comfortable they made him feel.

There are reasons to believe that Bridges might actually get his wish. He would fit a need for Chicago, who could use a small forward type, and he’ll probably be available when they draft at No. 7. Plus, the Bulls can simply ask Villanova how strongly they feel about Bridges’s contributions.

Bulls asked if Sister Jean could represent them at draft lottery

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The NCAA Tournament may be long over, but Sister Jean Mania continues in the city of Chicago.

During his exit interview on Thursday, Chicago Bulls executive vice president John Paxson responded to a suggestion from Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic that Sister Jean represent the team at the NBA Draft lottery in June. Paxson replied that the Bulls actually asked if she could, but it was against the rules.

The reason? The representative must be affiliated with the organization.

The 98-year-old Sister Jean, Loyola Chicago’s team chaplain, became an international hit this past month during the Ramblers’ Cinderella run to the Final Four. While she may not be able to serve as the Bulls’ good luck charm and intercede for the ping pong balls to bounce in their favor, her newfound fame has earned her plenty of other opportunities in the pro basketball realm.