Chris Haynes: Yahoo Sources: Chicago Bulls forward Noah Vonleh has tested positive for COVID-19 and begins mandatory 10-day quarantine. He will be waived. I’m told he is feeling good overall.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Noah Vonleh has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, agent Jim Tanner of @Tandem Sports and @YouFirstSports tells ESPN.
They’ve been reportedly linked to Julius Randle, Bobby Portis,and Terry Rozier, and, according to sources, have shown interest in bringing back Noah Vonleh and Lance Thomas. They haven’t expressed interest in taking back other teams’ problematic contracts to add long-term assets, preferring to prioritize only adding players who can help them be more competitive next season.
Mike Vorkunov: The Knicks have shown interest in bringing back Noah Vonleh, who was one of their most productive players this season, while ex-Knicks center Enes Kanter has received interest from the Blazers, Celtics, Lakers, and the Bulls, according to league sources.
Vonleh will be an unrestricted free agent and the Knicks will be interested in re-signing him because they have vested interest in his development. But too much is up in the air to make a determination on the feasibility yet. Obviously Vonleh will chase the most money and the Knicks may not want to match the market.
Because his salary-cap hold will be marginal, he’s got a legit chance to be part of the future. The Knicks should have the ability to re-sign him and go over the cap. Vonleh’s modest contract won’t become officially guaranteed until January. “It’s a one-year thing and too early to call it,’’ Vonleh said. “We’re only eight games in. The season can change, but I’m trying to keep the same mentality all season and bringing energy and be consistent and help teammates out. I definitely want to be here in New York, but that’s up in the air. I have to focus on this season and go from there.”
Ian Begley: Noah Vonleh agreed to a one-year deal with the Knicks that’s partially guaranteed, per ESPN sources.
Ian Begley: The Knicks have reached an agreement with free agent big man Noah Vonleh, per ESPN sources.
For Bartelstein and Parker, a $20 million guarantee after the past injuries and an uneven final season with Milwaukee is the best possible outcome to the choppy waters of restricted free agency. Now, Chicago needs to renounce Noah Vonleh, David Nwaba and waive Paul Zipser and Julyan Stone to create the $20M in salary cap space needed to sign Parker.
Also previously reported, sources said the Bulls won’t extend a qualifying offer to Noah Vonleh by Friday’s deadline. He isn’t in the team’s plans and will be an unrestricted free agent.
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January 23, 2021 | 7:04 pm EST Update
Ira Winderman: Wait, Erik Spoelstra laughed during a pregame presser. He was asked if having had coached a Big 3 gave him insight on how to now slow a Big 3, he simply replied, “No.” And, yes, laughed. And with that, pregame media session ended.
Omari Sanfoka II: Dwane Casey on Saddiq Bey’s slump after a hot start: “Nothing to be alarmed about. The young man is working his behind off … there’s always going to be a leveling off period and that’s what he’s going through right now. He’ll bounce back.”
Dane Moore: Ryan Saunders said 24 to 28 minutes is a “fair range” to expect for Ricky Rubio tonight who is in his second game back from COVID protocols. Jordan McLaughlin will be backup PG. And Jaylen Nowell will be third-string if that is needed.