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July 31, 2014 Updates

Serena Winters: Yesterday, Magic said he had a long conversation w/ Pau Gasol before he ultimately made his decision to continue career in Chicago. Magic Johnson: "He (Pau) was really hurt by the way he was treated." Specifically how he was mis-used last year, "He could never get over that." Twitter

Former Chicago Bull Rick Brunson has been indicted on charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery stemming from his arrest last month following an encounter with a massage therapist at a Vernon Hills fitness center. Brunson pled not guilty to all the charges in a Lake County courtroom this morning. Authorities say Brunson used the name of retired NBA star Patrick Ewing to book an appointment in April with the massage therapist who had previously notified Brunson that she would no longer provide him with massages. Chicago Tribune

Whether ­Derrick Rose will make Team USA no longer is in question. Considering the damage he has inflicted on opposing guards ­during the first three days of tryouts, it’s more about when it will be made official. Rose all but did on Wednesday. Well, kind of. In discussing new Bulls teammate Pau Gasol, who was signed as a free agent earlier in the month, Rose mistakenly said, “I talked to [Gasol] before he signed and he said when we get to Spain [for next month’s FIBA Cup] that we’ll probably get something to eat, so I’ll probably catch up with him, get dinner or something.’’ Call it Rose already knowing something or just having flat-out confidence in his ability. Chicago Sun-Times

July 30, 2014 Updates

After ESPN.com reported last week that the Cavaliers remain the front-runners to acquire Love in a trade co-headlined by No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, sources this week have described the Cavs as the only team currently in contention for Love. Sources say the Chicago Bulls are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of trumping Cleveland's offer, while the Golden State Warriors remain unwilling to bend on their longstanding refusal to surrender Klay Thompson in a deal for Love. ESPN.com

Sam Smith: Rose said he weighs 209 with 4-5% body fat; irony was four or five fat reporters were asking him questions at the time. Twitter @SamSmithHoops

Meanwhile, Magic Johnson also said he tried to convince Carmelo Anthony to leave the New York Knicks in an hourlong phone conversation. Johnson noted that he spoke at length with Pau Gasol, who chose to leave for the Chicago Bulls instead of staying with the Lakers. "We had a great conversation but I think the way he was treated last season, kind of hurt him," said Johnson. "Here's a guy 18 [points] and 10 [rebounds], shooting over 50% and you want to bench him? You want to mess with this guy? He could never get over that." Los Angeles Times

New Detroit Pistons point guard D.J. Augustin held his annual youth basketball camp in Louisiana on Tuesday, and he spoke with the New Orleans Advocate about his NBA situation. Some highlights: “I really wanted to be back in Chicago, and they really wanted me back. But it didn’t work out, businesswise, and I had to move on.” “Detroit wanted me. I think it will be a good opportunity for me, and I think we’re going to do well.” Detroit Free Press

After signing Aaron Brooks, the Bulls no longer are in talks with Toney Douglas. They do plan on signing at least one and possibly two players to veteran minimum contracts. Their targets are one more big man for depth and a wing. Chicago Tribune

July 29, 2014 Updates

As for McDermott, he was well aware of the noise out there about Love, and also aware that his name is attached to it. “I didn’t really pay attention to it much,’’ McDermott said. “I think rumors happen a lot. There’s been a lot this offseason. So you’ve just got to stay patient. You can’t really read into that stuff. I’m just focused on what I can do to become better.’’ That’s also why he admitted to staying away from asking his new organization about it. “To be honest, I get asked about it. I don’t really ask anyone,’’ McDermott said. “I try to stay off Twitter and I think a lot of people ask me or text me through my friends. But I just ignore it. Whatever happens, happens.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

For the few that seemingly have guaranteed spots, it was the first step in getting ready for the tournament that begins on Aug. 30. And for the 12 young players on the Select Team, it was about building equity with USA brass for future consideration. For Derrick Rose, it was much more than that. It was a big step in his return to the game after his second knee surgery. By all accounts, Rose is back. “He looked good,” Damian Lillard said afterward. “Athletic, explosive, strong.” NBA.com

July 28, 2014 Updates

The Bulls landed the latter and missed on the former. Now that the roster is basically set, Rose likes what he sees. "I think we have a contender," Rose said. "They were saying something about putting us on top of the East. We know as a team what we're trying to do. We all have one goal. Individually, all summer everybody worked on their games. Everybody is trying to compete for that title next year." Chicago Tribune

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