HoopsHype Real Madrid rumors

July 22, 2014 Updates

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said last week that the team has remained in contact with guard Sergio Llull, the most prized of the international prospects whose rights the Rockets control, but that Sergio Llull is also expected to remain with his current team. Houston Chronicle

July 20, 2014 Updates

Baskonia officially parted ways with Andres Nocioni renouncing on his rights in Spain. The Argentinean forward is now free agent and ready to sign for Real Madrid. Sportando

July 16, 2014 Updates

I watched the press conference you held after you guys won the Euroleague this year. You said something that surprised me: that the team you beat in the final game, Real Madrid, would have beaten you in a longer series. Do you think NBA playoff series should be shorter, so that there would be more upsets? No. I think the seven-game series is great. I love the history of it. I love the tradition of it. [John] Havlicek stole the ball in the seventh game, man! He didn’t even steal it, either. He deflected it. And Johnny Most goes crazy: “Havlicek stole the ball! Havlicek stole the ball!” But that’s the beauty of it. It’s a moment that’s frozen in time, and it can’t be in the fifth game. It has to be in the seventh game. Now, in Europe, the final four is how you determine the Euroleague champion. And that’s fine. And what I said was true. The teams we beat in the final four were much stronger than us on paper. If we had to play them in a seven-game series, I don’t believe we would have won. Grantland

July 13, 2014 Updates

As for Anthony, league sources said he delayed his decision because he understood how strong the fit was for him in Chicago basketball-wise. He also connected with the organization during his in-person Chicago visit on July 1, particularly at a dinner with Gibson, Joakim Noah, Scottie Pippen and team Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, among others. Signing him with cap space means the Bulls will have to get creative to add Mirotic and address perimeter depth. An amnesty of Boozer gives the Bulls roughly $10.3 million of space, much of that earmarked for Gasol. Chicago Tribune

July 12, 2014 Updates
July 10, 2014 Updates

Although the Bulls have also expressed varying degrees of interest to other free agents, from Houston small forward Chandler Parsons, who Wednesday night agreed to a reported three-year, $45-million offer sheet with Dallas, to Washington’s Trevor Ariza, a more likely new addition is 2011 first-round draft pick Nikola Mirotic. According to a league source, a deal with the 23-year-old Spanish forward is “almost done” and because Mirotic’s $3-million buyout to Spain’s Real Madrid (of which the Bulls can contribute $600,000) can be paid over time, his annual salary might not significantly affect the franchise’s salary cap. CSN Chicago

July 9, 2014 Updates
July 5, 2014 Updates

One source said Friday that Mirotic is hoping for assurances from the Bulls that he won't be traded before completing his roughly $3.4 million buyout from Real Madrid. But given how highly the Bulls have spoken of him since they sent two draft picks and cash to the Timberwolves for his draft rights in 2011, that seems a formality. Chicago Tribune

Per league rules, the Bulls can contribute up to $600,000 of Mirotic's buyout without that amount going on their books. Exceeding that would be considered a signing bonus and would take away valuable salary-cap space. That's space the Bulls most want to use to sign Anthony. Chicago Tribune

July 4, 2014 Updates
June 29, 2014 Updates

If Nikola Mirotic is truly done with his team in Spain and is headed to the States this week to meet with the Bulls, that was news to the Bulls on Sunday. According to one source, the team had not been informed that Mirotic had grown completely disenchanted with Real Madrid and was ready to wear Bulls red. Chicago Sun-Times

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