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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

December 10, 2013 Updates

Mike James is back from the sprained MCL in his right knee that sidelined him the last two games. James had supplanted Marquis Teague as Kirk Hinrich's backup before his injury. Thibodeau wouldn't say who will backup Hinrich, but Teague is expected to get the nod because James may not be fully healthy. Chicago Tribune

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December 3, 2013 Updates

In a mild surprise, the Bulls early in the day assigned second-year point guard Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy, their Development League affiliate. But sources said Teague got recalled before landing because an MRI revealed veteran point guard Mike James suffered a sprained MCL before Monday's triple overtime loss to the Pelicans. James still gritted out 10 minutes. Chicago Tribune

October 17, 2013 Updates

KC Johnson: This is time of training camp when final cuts are close to getting made. All signs still point to Mike James landing 13th roster spot. Twitter @KCJHoop

October 15, 2013 Updates

Expect guard Mike James or perhaps center Dexter Pittman to land the 13th roster spot. "It's not just what's being done in the games. It's what done in practice," Thibodeau said. "And it's also us having a better understanding of what our greater need will be. I think we're getting some of those answers by the guys who are playing. It's telling us something." Chicago Tribune

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After a resurgent campaign, free agent guard Mike James has been elevating his fitness and has received interest out of a few NBA teams, staying confident about signing with a franchise ahead of training camp for his 12th season. “The expectation is he will sign, he deserves it and so we will see how it shakes out,” James’ agent, Bernie Lee, told RealGM. “Mike simply wants an opportunity like everyone else to prove his worth. One thing Mike has shown over the last few years is he has nothing to hide and he will play for opportunities.” RealGM

The Mavericks expressed interest in James on the first day of free agency and discussions with the organization are ongoing. Dallas went 16-7 in the games James started last season. Down to his weight as a rookie, James believes he can play a significant role or help mentor younger guards. “Every time Mike has been asked to show something over the last two years, he’s stepped up,” Lee said. “When given the opportunity, he will do so again.” RealGM

July 31, 2013 Updates

Chris Haynes: At 38, Mavs free agent point guard Mike James says he's not retiring. Dead set on playing his 12th NBA season. Twitter @ChrisBHaynes

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