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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 4, 2014 Updates

Bulls forward Taj Gibson hopes Brewer, 29, returns. “That’s my guy,” Gibson said. “He’s a big guard, can defend multiple positions. He’s athletic and he’s a leader. He has been in the league a long time and has been through a lot with us.” Chicago Tribune

Gasol, though, will have options. A poll of NBA executives on Gasol's future returned many of the same answers: Chicago. Cleveland. Charlotte, if the Bobcats believe a Gasol-Al Jefferson front line can stop anybody. Memphis, if Zach Randolph opts out. Even after a disappointing season -- and with the understanding that Gasol has never been a strap-a-team-on-his-back kind of player -- Gasol will be among the most sought after free agents on the market. SI.com

It doesn't matter to Noah whether you're an NBA All-Star, a future Hall of Famer, a street vendor, a beach bum, an art dealer or a witch doctor. It doesn't matter to him what color your skin is; he's biracial, though that's a term he wouldn't use. ("I don't like to categorize people," he said.) He plays basketball exactly that way. "He's different; he grew up different," teammate Carlos Boozer said. "He's a very free spirit and it works for him." CBSSports.com

His awkward, sideways-rotating, two-handed jump shot -- the "tornado," teammates call it -- goes in more often than it should; Noah's sweet spot is 16-24 feet from the left wing, where he's shooting 44 percent (29-for-66). He's leading the Bulls in rebounds per game (11.1) and blocks (1.5), but also in assists (5.2). Since Feb. 6, he's averaging 7.3 assists per game, as a 6-foot-11 center. His six games with 10 or more assists -- all since Feb. 6 -- are the most by an NBA center since Vlade Divac in 2003-04. CBSSports.com

A typical day? When he isn't immersed in basketball, it's a question of where on the globe Noah will be cavorting. He loves to travel, a result of his transcontinental upbringing. During the summer months, while drilling his footwork and working on his wacky jumper here at the Berto Center, Noah will tell Thibodeau that he's off to Hawaii for three weeks -- then show up right back here three days later to say, "Oh, I decided not to go." He visits Cameroon, where his grandfather -- former soccer player Zacharie Noah -- still lives. He feels at home in the easy, breezy bohemian enclave of Venice Beach, Calif., where he can kick back and breathe in the salty air, ocean views and contrasting opinions. CBSSports.com

April 3, 2014 Updates

Wednesday morning, almost two years to that day, Hinrich expressed a similar sentiment. “I like it here,” Hinrich said of his Bulls’ situation. “Obviously, returning home was a big factor in why I came back. I would like to stay here. But I don’t know what’s in their future plans. Right now, I’m just trying to enjoy it while I’m in it and take what comes later.” Chicago Tribune

"At this point of your career, you want to be on a team that is a good fit and has a chance to be a winner," Hinrich said. Coaches and teammates consistently laud Hinrich for serving as an organizer at both ends. And Hinrich said he feels healthier at the end of this season than he has in the last "three or four seasons." He would fit next season if the price is right. "I feel good," Hinrich said. "It's that time of year where you have to stay focused and make sure your game is in good shape for the playoffs." Chicago Tribune

April 2, 2014 Updates
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Very few doubts with the Top 2, but who comes after Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen?

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