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October 12, 2014 Updates

Coincidentally, I talked with a person close to him Friday who told me nothing has changed. The Wizards have contacted Allen's representatives at Tandem Sports and Entertainment several times, both reported here. The prospect of being a starter again with Beal's absence isn't likely to make Washington any more enticing for Allen. He'll soon be 40. Six teams have actually contacted his reps since he became an unrestricted free agent -- the Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and .... the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, the latter is not a mistake. CSNWashington.com

Thanks to 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, Rose turned in his best performance of the preseason, and the Bulls beat the upstart Milwaukee Bucks 91-85 on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. It was a far cry from last month, when Rose shot 25 percent from the field in the FIBA World Cup, including 1-for-19 from three-point range. “[Rose] doesn’t look like he has missed any games in a sense of his athletic ability,’’ Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “In the summer, he looked extremely powerful with his speed. Sometimes injuries can be a positive because they’ve helped him develop the jump shot from beyond the arc. [The injuries have] given him a lot of time to concentrate on that. We’re talking about a guy that has played at a high level, MVP, so he’s a smart player, and the injuries are a positive thing that helped him develop the jump shot.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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Additionally, Noah has been fined $15,000 for initiating an altercation with Pierce by pushing him in the chest and Pierce has been fined $15,000 for hitting Noah in the forehead with his left index finger, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 85-81 win over the Bulls on Monday, October 6, at United Center. The suspensions will be served during the first regular season game for which each player is eligible and physically able to play. View video>> NBA.com

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has ditched his longtime home in the northern suburbs and decamped to the city, where he recently paid less than $3 million for a 7,000-square-foot place that puts him closer to the Bulls’ new practice facility next door to the United Center on the Near West Side. Chicago Tribune

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

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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

The entire front office was pleased with Rose’s work this summer, even if it didn’t yield the numbers of his former self. “He’ll be able to handle the contact, he’s just gotta get used to it again,” Thibodeau said on Saturday. “That’s why the USA basketball stuff was so important for him. The more he does it, the better it is for him. The more you’re starting to see the rust come off.” CSN Chicago

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