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October 7, 2014 Updates

Based on one team's estimates, James could earn $28 million as a free agent in 2016—a 36 percent leap from his current salary. Assuming a four-year deal with maximum raises, James would earn an NBA-record $34 million in the final season, the most any player has earned in the max-contract era. Michael Jordan made a record $33 million in 1997-98, the season before the NBA capped individual salaries. Bleacher Report

Noah initiated the first contact, pushing Pierce away as referees went over to the scorers’ table to decide whether to escalate Pierce’s foul on Bulls guard Jimmy Butler to flagrant. Pierce swiped Noah’s hand away. Noah pushed back and Pierce swiped again. Pierce then poked Noah’s face with his left index finger as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau tried to separate the two to spark a benches-clearing altercation. Both players squared up, but no punches were thrown in front of an announced sellout crowd of 21,047. “It’s good for TV, I guess,” said Pierce, who scored two points, grabbed seven rebounds, and committed five fouls in 19 minutes. “I don’t know what to say. It just happened. It’s not scripted, but it just happened.” Washington Post

October 6, 2014 Updates
October 5, 2014 Updates

Tom Thibodeau’s word of the day Saturday: Physicality. Specifically, Derrick Rose finding it again, and the Bulls’ young players still trying to understand it. Thibodeau said Day 4 of training camp was one of Rose’s best as he continued to take on normal NBA contact, accept it and improve. ‘‘He’ll be able to handle it,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He just has to get used to it again. That’s why the USA Basketball stuff was so important, to get used to having contact. The more he does it, the better it is for him and the more you see the rust come off. ‘‘Now you see him start to make some of the plays he’s capable of making. Now he’s starting to get a little bit of a rhythm and starting to shoot better, which we anticipated. That’s why him practicing and practicing hard is so important.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

October 4, 2014 Updates
October 3, 2014 Updates

Martin’s on the downside of his career with a really bad contract, not much of a defender and having played indifferently the last few years. There never was even any talk about it other than Minnesota dropping hints he was in demand. The Bulls have done a good job with their cap and still have room this season to sign a shooting guard with the initials R.A. NBA.com

October 2, 2014 Updates

Sam Smith: Kirk Hinrich's wife, Jill, gave birth to twins Sept 12. Now 3 girls and a boy: Kenzie, Kyla, Kinley and Kolton. Kirk on family: "I feel truly blessed to have twins. I'm on top of the world right now, feel like I can't lose. They're doing great." Twitter @SamSmithHoops

When Joakim Noah flew with Bulls brass to Los Angeles to recruit free agent Pau Gasol, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year thought the Bulls had no shot of landing the 7-footer. Why not? Well, have you experienced a Chicago winter? "Because it’s freezing out here," Noah said when asked why he thought the Bulls wouldn't land Gasol. "I think the last time he was here it was that polar, arctic thing. The polar vortex thing going on. It’s brutal. "So when you’re used to the beach every day, to pick the polar vortex says a lot." CSN Chicago

As for Mirotic, he stepped up Wednesday with pretty strong English when meeting media after practice. Though he apologized for his imperfect English, it was better than anyone else’s Spanish, Serbian or Montenegrin. Better than some English we hear around here as well. “It feels good,” Mirotic said about his first days with the Bulls. “For me, different because I played before in Europe. So I don't know really how they work, but I learn every day something new; so they've helped me, teammates. Coaches have helped me. I feel good. So exciting. I'm really hungry to work and be better every day. I like to run, you know, fast break. I like to be very good on defense, to give good energy and my game I like to pick-and-pop, three-point line, to penetrate, to make one more pass. I try to do best for team. Depends on how they want to use me. NBA.com

October 1, 2014 Updates
September 30, 2014 Updates

The swingman made that clear after Tuesday's first practice as the Bulls' front office and Butler's agent, Happy Walters, continue to try to hammer out an extension before the Oct. 31 deadline. "I want to be here," Butler said. "I think the Bulls want me here. So however long it takes, as long as we get it worked out. Basketball is my main focus, not really the contract situation". ESPN.com

Butler is hoping the process doesn't take too long, but he is going to take everything in stride. "I don't really think about it too much," Butler said. "I grew up without money. I think I'll be all right for a couple more days. I just play basketball. That's what I know. And if you play basketball the right way, the contract situation will handle itself." ESPN.com

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