Chicago Bulls Rumors
KC Johnson: Just like the Thaddeus Young deal, the 3rd year of Tomas Satoransky’s contract carries some guarantee protection, per sources.
Bobby Marks: Chicago has the ability to create $10.5-$11M in room to acquire Tomas Satoransky with room. The Bulls would need to waive Shaquille Harrison, Walt Lemon Jr. and renounce Ryan Arcidiacano to create additional flexibility.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Chicago has reached agreement on a sign-and-trade with Washington for guard Tomas Satoransky, league sources tell ESPN. Bulls are signing Satoransky to a three-year deal, league sources tell ESPN.
Marc Berman: Bobby Portis is restricted free agent and Knicks are working things out with agent Mark Bartelstein and his new team, the Wizards. Was traded from Bulls to Wizards. RFA sign offer sheets that could be matched.
Matt Velazquez: League source confirms the @Chris Haynes report that the Bucks are signing Robin Lopez using their full Room exception ($4.8 million). It’s a two-year deal with a player option in the second year.
Alex Kennedy: Richaun Holmes has received interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls (his hometown team), according to sources. Holmes averaged 8.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 16.9 minutes last year with the Phoenix Suns.
When production on the movie began in 1995, Michael Jordan had just come back from retirement … so he and Pippen were teammates in the Chicago Bulls again — which had people wondering why didn’t #33 have a significant role??? So, when we saw Pip at LAX on Thursday, we needed that explanation!!! I think I was injured or recovering from offseason injuries,” Pippen said … “I wasn’t able to participate.” If he WAS healthy though, Pippen says he would have agreed to a role in a heartbeat.
Chris Mannix: For Boston, the next step — barring a significant trade — will be finding a big with the $4.6 million room exception. Robin Lopez — who has killed the Celtics in recent years — is a possibility, though he may reel in a bigger offer.
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.
Jordan Schultz: Julius Randle has a strong market entering FA. The #Nets, #Knicks, #Bulls/#Kings are all interested in Randle and have all emerged as realistic possibilities, sources tell ESPN. Randle, 24, averaged 21.4 PPG 8.7 RPG and 3.1 APG on a career-best 34.4 percent 3 for NOLA last year.
Free agent guard Cory Joseph has received interest from several teams seeking point-guard help, including Phoenix, Washington, Sacramento and Chicago, league sources said.
The Bulls are expected to express early interest in free-agent forward Julius Randle, league sources said. Randle is expected to receive interest from several teams, including the Knicks and Nets, according to sources.
Shams Charania: The NBA has removed Omer Asik’s deal from the Chicago Bulls’ salary books via career-ending injury/illness, freeing up an additional $3M in space, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Chicago now has upwards of $23M in salary space for free agency.
The Bulls have an interest in Collison’s backup, Cory Joseph, who earned just under $8 million dollars last season. Joseph could be a starter with the Bulls while 19-year-old Coby White learns the ins and outs of the NBA game, but would he leave a playoff team in Indiana for a contract that averages less than $10 million dollars per season? Probably not. And, that’s the problem the Bulls and most non-playoff teams are facing this summer. They might have to seriously overpay to have a chance at adding players who can help them take a significant step forward next season.
Brian Kalbrosky: Ethan Happ has agreed to a summer league deal with the Chicago Bulls, per source. He was a Consensus All-American Second-Team and was twice recognized for All-Defensive honors in his Conference. Happ also won award for NCAA’s top center.
Chicago native Patrick Beverley would be a great fit for what the Bulls want at point guard, but a source said Thursday that Beverley might end up being too pricey, considering the interest building around him.
KC Johnson: Coby White, on competing for starting PG spot: “I’ve been competing all my life within the team. Competing is in my blood and DNA. We’re going to go at it for sure. Kris Dunn is a great player. I think it’s really cool we have the same agent.”
The Phoenix Suns, who were expected to take Holiday at No. 16 in the draft but allowed him to drop to the Pacers at No. 23, remain aggressive in trying to shake him loose, along with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls. The Pacers have denied shopping Holiday, insisting that they stopped taking calls on him before the trade deadline.
The Pacers have also discussed a trade with the Pelicans for the no. 4 pick in the draft, according to league sources. New Orleans received the pick from the Lakers in the Anthony Davis blockbuster, and I’m told the team is open to either pick-based or player-based trade packages in return for the selection. It has been reported previously by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony that the Bulls, Hawks, Celtics, and Timberwolves have all shown interest in acquiring the fourth pick from the Pelicans.
Last year was such a young draft. The top five picks were 19.9, 19.3, 19.3, 18.8 and 19.1 years old, respectively. That’s the first time in NBA history that the top five picks were teenagers. To put that in perspective, as recently as 2013 — the Anthony Bennett year — there were no teenagers in the top five; Bennett, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr., Cody Zeller and Alex Len were all in their 20s. “The average age of drafted players is the lowest of all time,” noted one assistant GM. “That probably increases variance.”
Magic swingman Evan Fournier is among the NBA players who have been named to the French national team for the 2019 World Cup, according to FIBA. Fournier will be joined by Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Hornets forward Nicolas Batum, Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Bulls guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Sean Deveney: Sources tell me Patrick Beverley–a sensible FA target of the Bulls and Lakers–will be taking meetings with as many as 5 teams BEFORE meeting with the Clippers in 2 weeks. Clippers will be chasing max-type FAs, but Beverley won’t necessarily wait on an offer from them, I’m told.
“I’m a Chicago kid. So of course I’m open to playing for the Chicago Bulls if that’s a team that’s interested in me,” Beverley said. Still, he recognizes that his own desires may not line up with what’s best for him overall. “At the same time, any decision that is made, it’s never personal. It’s always business. I have to make the right decision for me and my family.”
KC Johnson: Following up on yesterday’s Jaxson Hayes Tweet, the Texas big man has intrigued some within the Bulls, per sources. Also, Coby White visit is possibility next week. The draft combine chatter that the Suns promised him at No. 6 has quieted since then.
He loved his time with the Clippers, who, with the potential to sign two free agents to max contracts, likely will be focused on other business first. His toughness, leadership, defense and shooting ability make him a strong fit with several teams, including the Bulls, who own significant salary-cap space. In his words, he’s “open to anything” in free agency. But to say Beverley sounds fired up about the possibility of playing for his hometown team is as much an understatement as saying he persevered to make the NBA.
Patrick Beverley: “I’m a Chicago kid. So of course I’m open to playing for the Chicago Bulls if that’s a team that’s interested in me. At the same time, any decision that is made, it’s never personal. It’s always business. I have to make the right decision for me and my family.”
Darnell Mayberry: More Bulls pre-draft workouts this week. Monday’s six-man group: Amir Coffey (Minnesota) Jaylen Hands (UCLA) Jaylen Hoard (Wake Forest) Louis King (Oregon) Marial Shayok (Iowa State) Ty Cockfield (Arkansas State)
Darnell Mayberry: Tuesday’s six-man group: Chris Clemons (Campbell) Daniel Gafford (Arkansas) Jessie Govan (Georgetown) Tyler Hall (Montana State) William McDowell-White (Brose Bamberg) Justin Robinson (Virginia Tech)
Jabari Young: With Taylor Jenkins being hired by #Grizzlies .. that is 9 coaches (Kerr, Gentry, Doc, Brett, Bud, Jim, James and Monty) that are currently head coaches in the #NBA that has been coached, played for, or a part of Gregg Popovich’s staff as a video coordinator … #Spurs
A whimsical what-if shows NBA superstar Robin Lopez chasing his dream of making a Godzilla tribute film in a new campaign created by ESPN CreativeWorks. Produced by ArtClass and directed by Shaun Collings, a longtime collaborator of the agency, Robzilla: King of the Mascots ingeniously connects the worlds of pro basketball and blockbuster monster movies. Forged by giants of their respective fields – Robin Lopez and Godzilla, Warner Brothers and ESPN, ArtClass and Shaun Collings – the co-branded films broadcasting on ESPN and ABC tied-in to the May 31st release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Fun and funny, with its own bit of cinematic flair, the spots portray Chicago Bulls player Robin Lopez as a Godzilla super-fan and aspiring filmmaker. Robin’s journey to create his movie Robzilla: King of the Mascots features hilarious cameos from ESPN anchors and NBA mascots, and even Robin’s brother Brook.
Jeff Rabjohns: Indiana forward Juwan Morgan has worked out for the Suns, Bulls, Pacers, Jazz, Grizzlies & Timberwolves. He is scheduled to work out for the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday and Detroit Pistons on Friday, he tells Peegs.com. #iubb
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls continued pre-draft workouts Sunday with a group of six prospects: Kenny Wooten (Oregon) Jalen McDaniels (San Diego St.) Matt Mooney (Texas Tech) Sagaba Konate (West Virginia) Terrence Mann (Florida State) Terence Davis (Ole Miss)
Rose recalls taping a recruiting video for the Bulls’ failed campaign to land LeBron James in 2010, and he was upset the Bulls didn’t shoot down reports that he wasn’t interested in helping the bid. While Rose writes he’s not big on “What if?” scenarios — and this probably isn’t going out on a limb — he believes the Bulls would have won at least one title if James had signed with them instead of the Heat.
Rose believes the media turned Bulls fans against him at the end of his time with the team, and that hurt. “But don’t get me wrong,” he writes. “That was just at the end and it was me who didn’t handle the criticism right. There really was love for so long. I love Chicago, and I still love the Bulls.” Rose also has affection for Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
So far the Nets have added Jeff Peterson and Andy Birdsong as assistant general managers and have several other positions to fill. Brooklyn Nets assistant coach: Fleming, who worked primarily with Rodions Kurucs, left to join the Chicago Bulls as their lead assistant coach. Currently, there are four coaches who could move to the front of the bench alongside Kenny Atkinson, Jacque Vaughn and Bret Brielmaier. 1. Adam Harrington: Assistant coach / director of player development. Since the beginning of the Marks and Atkinson era, development has been an emphasis for the organization, which Harrington embodies.
Celtics free agent Marcus Morris will have strong interest as a second-tier free agent, with teams such as the Knicks, Kings, Lakers, Clippers and Bulls expected to be in pursuit, league sources said. Morris, 29, had arguably his best all-around season, averaging 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game and serving as a versatile scorer and defender either as a starter or reserve. League sources say Morris remains open-minded about returning to Boston, which wants to bring Morris back but has several summer priorities such as Kyrie Irving.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls continued pre-draft workouts Monday with a group of six prospects: Vic Law (Northwestern) Luke Maye (UNC) Jaylen Nowell (Washington) Lamar Peters (Mississippi State) Jordan Poole (Michigan) Justin Simon (St. John’s)
Adam Zagoria: All-Big Ten forward Juwan Morgan (Indiana) has added the Suns, Pacers, and Bulls to an already busy workout schedule that includes the Grizzlies, TWolves, Jazz, Kings and others. Morgan is viewed as one the best passing bigs in the 2019 draft.
Indiana forward Juwan Morgan has three upcoming workouts with NBA teams scheduled, NBA sources tell Peegs.com. Morgan currently is scheduled to workout for the Phoenix Suns on Friday, the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, June 4, and the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, June 5.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls continued pre-draft workouts Monday with two groups of six. First group: Clayton Custer (Loyola), Quentin Grimes (Kansas), Charles Matthews (Michigan), Derek Pardon (Northwestern), Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s), Silvio De Sousa (Kansas)
Malika Andrews: Robin Lopez is in attendance at Scotiabank Arena tonight. Brook often jokes that his brother doesn’t support him. For what its worth, Robin has cheered when the Bucks have scored. He is not wearing his brother’s jersey, though.
After meeting the media and interviewing with select teams, Coby White left the combine with widespread speculation that he, too, has received a draft promise. Two league executives who spoke with the Tribune believe White’s promise is from a team that picks before the Bulls.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls will continue their pre-draft workouts with two group sessions Monday at the Advocate Center. Among those Chicago will see up close: former Loyola point guard and Final Four hero Clayton Custer.
Jordan Schultz: #Vanderbilt PF Simi Shittu is in Chicago to workout for the #Bulls tomorrow, per a source. Shittu, 19, is a former McDonald’s All-American. The 6-9 1/2 Canadian (7-1 1/4 wingspan) averaged nearly 11 PPG and 6.7 RPG for the Commodores as a freshman. @LanX_Sims
Ball intrigues the Bulls as a pass-first, defensive-minded point guard with positional size who can best maximize the talents of Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Wendell Carter Jr.
According to multiple league executives, Dunn’s trade value is low to nonexistent. So a direct trade with the Lakers centered on Dunn and the No. 7 pick doesn’t seem feasible. However, the Bulls could be in position to facilitate a three-team deal in which the Lakers acquire Davis from the Pelicans.
As for what he knows about Memphis? “I just know Memphis Grizzlies basketball and that’s it,” Morant said. “If you ask me about Chicago, I know Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. It’s just that I’ve never been to places like that and I’m a big basketball guy, so I would probably know basketball.”
Hoiberg, who accepted a seven-year, $25 million deal March 31, insisted it didn’t feel strange to stop by the combine. He even said he has had sporadic contact with Bulls executive vice president John Paxson, who fired him as coach Dec. 1. In fact, the two were seen chatting at the combine Thursday.
“I’ve talked to John a few times. I’m very thankful for the opportunity I got in Chicago,” Hoiberg said. “I learned a lot there and am a better coach because of that experience. I’m doing everything I can to make the most of my new opportunity. I’m excited about it. And that’s all I’m looking forward to.”
Patrick Beverley has become a chic name, partly because he’s a Chicago native, mostly because he’s an incredible competitor. He fits everything this team needs, he has a starting spot waiting for him and a coach who will run through a brick wall for him. The smart play is going best-player available on a cost-controlled rookie contract in June and splurging on a veteran addition like Beverley in July