HoopsHype Mike James rumors

April 10, 2014 Updates
April 9, 2014 Updates

It appears the Bulls aren't completely done with their late-season roster maneuvers. A pair of veterans who have played for the team in the past, point guard Mike James and power forward Lou Amundson, will be signing with the Bulls in the near future, according to a league source. James played for the Bulls earlier this season and Amundson, who played for New Orleans earlier in the campaign, was briefly on the team last season. Both players would be playoff-eligible because neither was on an NBA roster on March 1. CSN Chicago

When Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January, the veteran guard said he hoped to return and coach Tom Thibodeau said James always stayed ready. Thursday will be that day. James will sign for the remainder of the season and be eligible for the playoffs, sources said. That will bring the Bulls' roster to 14 players and provide insurance should Kirk Hinrich or D.J. Augustin suffer an injury or foul trouble. Chicago Tribune

April 6, 2014 Updates

The Bulls' plan to add at least Mike James and likely Ronnie Brewer and possibly a third player remains on track. These prorated veteran-minimum salaries have been factored into the Bulls' luxury-tax situation. Beyond the front-office ramifications, genuine happiness prevailed. "I'm so happy for him because he works way too hard not to be in the league," Taj Gibson said. "Being a rookie on this team is tough sometimes. You really have to be patient." Chicago Tribune

April 5, 2014 Updates

Bulls management remained quiet on the possibility of signing Ronnie Brewer and/or Mike James, but sources said the team will beef up its roster next week. After waiving rookie forward Erik Murphy, it's even possible the Bulls will add three prorated veteran minimum contracts to bring the roster to 15. James is a virtual certainty to return. Signing Brewer also is being considered as a way to reduce the workload of Jimmy Butler, whose 41.9 minutes per game in March was the NBA's most. Chicago Tribune

April 3, 2014 Updates
March 13, 2014 Updates

Mike James: Having played against Beverley, I’ll say this: Nobody likes to be picked up full-court and nobody likes pressure. And he puts pressure on you! He forces you to decide whether to be physical or give in to the pressure. When you put that kind of pressure on your opponent, either the toughness comes or the softness—some players would rather not deal with it. Westbrook has to raise his level of play because Beverley isn’t allowing him to walk through the game. Beverley is forcing him to play at a high-level. If he doesn’t, that’s when turnovers occur. It’s like they say, pressure bursts pipes. But Beverley also took Westbrook out of the game by making it personal. Now Westbrook is thinking about fighting Patrick Beverley instead of thinking about the game plan. That’s when maturity has to come into play on Westbrook’s end, where you don’t allow what someone says or does to you affect the way you play the game. SportsNet

Mike James: Personally, I’ve always chosen to push and had the attitude on the court of being a bully. I’m always going to be the toughest. I’m going to try to put you in a position where you’re no longer thinking about the game, you’re thinking about me—and not in a positive way. You’re thinking about punching me in the face. Players got to me that way too, though. Oh my goodness did I hate Darrell Armstrong. He was one of those guys who could change the game without being involved in the offence. Defensively, he could do so many different things and he was such a livewire on that end of the floor that he was able to make game-changing plays—getting steals, forcing turnovers. Playing him, I wanted to just chop him in the neck and get in a brawl. He was crazy. SportsNet

February 1, 2014 Updates
January 22, 2014 Updates

James, waived on Dec. 16 after suffering the first injury of his career, is happy to be back. "It’s always business, never personal," James said. "So you have to be prepared for the good things and bad things that happen. When it happened, I understood the business decision behind it. At the same time, the only thing I can control was going home, getting myself back 100 percent and getting myself ready for the second half of the season." James said his injured knee feels fine. "The older you get, the first question they ask is, ‘Well, are you in shape?’" James said. "I’ve prided myself on being in shape and my work ethic. My shape is never my issue. It was about getting my body back 100 percent. It was about the right situation. No other teams were calling me or giving me the opportunity. Chicago called and the opportunity is here." Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent guard Mike James to a 10-day contract. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. James (6-2, 188), will be in uniform tonight when the Bulls take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena at 6:00 p.m. (CT). NBA.com

January 21, 2014 Updates

Kirk Hinrich, who injured a hamstring during Monday’s game, didn’t go to Cleveland with the team. The injury is not considered serious. But teams always are cautious with hamstring issues because if not allowed to fully heal they can linger all season. So there is no timetable. The Bulls signed regular replacement Mike James to a 10-day contract as a backup to D.J. Augustin, the only other point guard on the roster with the trade of Marquis Teague to Brooklyn. Toko Shengelia, a 6-9 forward, will join the team. Bulls.com

December 18, 2013 Updates
December 16, 2013 Updates

HoopsHype.com was the first to report over the weekend that Bulls officials arranged a Saturday sit-down with Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic. Sources close to the situation later told ESPN.com that the Bulls are indeed doing everything they can on the buyout front to be able to bring Mirotic to the NBA next season after taking him in the first round of the 2011 draft. Then on Monday, Chicago unexpectedly released veteran point guard Mike James, who made the Bulls' roster out of training camp to provide coach Tom Thibodeau with an experienced hand whenever needed for spot duty behind Rose. But with Rose sidelined again and Chicago's short- and long-term aspirations in flux as a result, management has abruptly decided to release the 38-year-old to ensure that unproven youngsters Marquis Teague and newly acquired D.J. Augustin get as many minutes as possible. ESPN.com

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