Chicago Bulls Rumors
Get ready for some primal screams. If not from Joakim Noah himself, then certainly at least from the United Center faithful. The Chicago Bulls announced Friday morning that tickets for all home games are on sale as of 10 a.m. That includes “Joakim Noah Night,” presented by NBC Sports Chicago, on Oct. 28 against—you guessed it—Tom Thibodeau and the New York Knicks.
Noah announced his retirement last season and attended one home game but it came before fans were allowed in the building. This season, fans who are either fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be attending games.
Noah, of course, reached his most prominent playing career heights under Thibodeau, earning two All-Star Game berths, an All-NBA designation and winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014 when he finished fourth in most valuable player voting. Always passionate and prideful, Noah resonated deeply among a fan base that surely is itching to show him some love. And close friends Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson will be on the opposing bench. Beyond Noah, the Bulls also plan to honor Toni Kukoc’s recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at an Oct. 30 game against the Utah Jazz. And there also will be a Noah bobblehead giveaway, again against the Knicks, courtesy of NBC Sports Chicago on Nov. 21.
The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
What is your take on the Zach LaVine FA rumors in 2022? How realistic is it for the Celtics financially and roster wise? Thanks, Jeff. Brian Robb: LaVine is a name that has been floated for a little bit as a potential target for Boston if Bradley Beal elects to stay put in Washington. His age and position do line up fairly well among Boston’s current group, however, there are some significant obstacles in any pursuit of the shooting guard during the next year.
A potential Celtics free agent target could be Chicago’s Zach LaVine, who is entering the final year of his contract. He will have to prove he can lead the Bulls to the playoffs before a contract extension. LaVine changed representation recently and signed with Klutch Sports, which is usually the move for players who want to maximize their free agent potential. LaVine, 26, just coming off helping Team USA to the gold medal, will ask for a maximum contract in the open market. The Olympic experience may have enhanced LaVine’s value because he was asked to be a three-and-D player, sparking the Americans with his full-court defense and ability to run the floor. In the case that Bradley Beal decides to stay in Washington, LaVine could be the Celtics’ No. 1 target. The Bulls, who added DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball in the offseason, have full intentions to be a factor in the Eastern Conference .