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Bulls Offseason Roundup: Preseason Schedule Released

August 2nd, 2013 at 5:18 AM
By Victor You

The Chicago Bulls have officially released their preseason schedule for the 2013-2014 season. The preseason will consist of eight exhibition games. The schedule is as follows:

October 5th – at Indiana Pacers

October 7th – at Memphis Grizzlies (held in St. Louis)

October 12th – at Washington Wizards (held in Rio De Janeiro)

October 16th – Detroit Pistons                              

October 18th – Indiana Pacers

October 23rd – at Oklahoma City Thunder (held in Wichita)

October 25th – Denver Nuggets

(This year, three of the games are to be held at neutral arenas. The three cities will be St. Louis, against the Memphis Grizzilies on October the 7th, Rio De Janeiro against the Wizards on October 12th, and finally in Wichita against the Oklahoma City Thunder on the 23rd of October).

Derrick Rose’s status for preseason games has not been announced although it is presumed he will be participating so it is likely we will see Rose’s return come against the Pacers on the 5th of October and his return to the United Center on the 16th against Detroit. The regular season schedule is to be released Tuesday on a special on NBA TV.

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Chicago Bulls Offseason: What’s Happened So Far

July 29th, 2013 at 6:49 PM
By Victor You
It’s been an unsurprisingly slow summer for the Bulls in terms of any major moves.  After coming off an injury riddled season, the Bulls look positioned to be at full strength for opening night of 2013-2014 NBA season (which also happens to be rumored to be opening up against the defending champion Miami Heat on their ring night).  
Derrick Rose has already stated for a fact that he will be ready coming opening night.  There are no Olympics this summer to force the likes of Joakim Noah or Luol Deng to consider their health versus playing for their countries.  The Bulls like what they have and will be willing to go into this season hoping that the return of Rose will be enough to carry them to the next level.
Although uneventful for the most part, there were a few moves since the season ended in June and here at Bulls101 we thought we’d recap what’s happened so far in the offseason.
The Bulls entered the 2013 NBA Draft with two picks and came out with sharpshooters, Tony Snell and Erik Murphy, in the hopes of addressing one of the team’s glaring weaknesses.
In a bizarre turn of events, Ron Adams, Head Coach Tom Thibodeau’s lead assistant, was fired by Gar Forman without many answers as to why or what could have led to his firing with both sides keeping quiet on the issue.
The Bulls made their only significant free agent signing of the summer when they agreed to a 2 year deal with veteran swingman and sharpshooter, Mike Dunleavy.  The Bulls also resigned Nazr Mohammed and waived Malcolm Thomas.  The Bulls flirted with the idea of signing Marcus Camby for a while as well but Camby ultimately chose the Houston Rockets as his destination.
Rumors have circled regarding possible extensions for Luol Deng although those were shot down by his agent.  It’s highly unlikely Deng is dealt any time before the season although it could become a possibility mid-season depending on where the Bulls stand at that time.
What’s to come:  The NBA season schedule is likely to be released in the next few days which should give us a good picture of the season and how it may affect projections.  Also with Camby out of the picture, expect the Bulls to continue searching to sign one last veteran big man.  
Bulls101 will be taking a look forward at the 2013-14 season (hopefully with schedule in hand) in the coming days.
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Derrick Rose Update: 100% and Ready for Season Opener

July 16th, 2013 at 4:10 AM
By Victor You

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Derrick Rose has finally publicly stated himself, for the first time since his ACL injury on the opening day of the 2012 NBA playoffs, that he is at last at 100%. Much controversy arose during the season as Rose's return date was continually left up in the air and even projected return dates were pushed back despite reports of Rose thriving in practices and scrimmages upon being cleared for contact. Rose has now been on record saying that he will in fact be active and on the court for the first game of the next season.

Rose in the meanwhile has been on tour around the world, currently with stops all around Europe. Rose continues to be one of the most popular players in the league and should he return to his previous MVP form, any and all doubts about his character or mental toughness will quickly be forgotten.

Summer League Update:

The Bulls have also won their Summer League opener behind the help of 2nd year guard, Marquis Teague, and former Laker, Andrew Goudelock. Draft picks, Tony Snell and Erik Murphy, made their debuts as well. Snell showed promise while Murphy struggled.

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Chicago Bulls Cut Lead Assistant Head Coach Ron Adams Loose

July 5th, 2013 at 4:00 PM
By Jessica Pifalo

Sunday the clock struck midnight for Ron Adams as the Chicago Bulls will not renew Adams’ contract. Previously leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, Adams joined the Bulls and worked side by side with longtime friend, head coach, Tom Thibodeau. It is reported that general manager Gar Forman made this decision.

Praised for his developmental work, Adams helped the Bulls to three consecutive playoff appearances. Despite positive recognition, Forman feels that a move like this will help the Bulls move forward. 

"We want to thank Ron for what he’s brought and wish him the best of luck in the future,” Forman said. “We make tens if not hundreds of decisions every year, from free agency to trades to the draft to different personnel within the organization. When we make a decision like this, it doesn’t serve anybody well to go into detail. The decision was made by me because I felt it was best for the Bulls moving forward.”

When asked if the decision will cause tension between Thibodeau and Forman, Forman said no and stated that the two have discussed this and communication is strong between the two.

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Chicago Bulls’ Free Agency Roundup: Mike Dunleavy Jr. Reaches Agreement with Bulls

July 1st, 2013 at 7:43 PM
By Victor You

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On just day 1 of the free agency period, the Chicago Bulls have already secured their first significant player after reports surfaced that the team had reached a 2 year, $6 million verbal agreement with Mike Dunleavy Jr. Official contracts cannot be signed until next week but this will come as a welcome surprise as many were expecting the Bulls not to make any moves during the free agency period.

Dunleavy Jr., while not the flashiest signing, helps patch up a major weakness for the Bulls’ in their lack of outside shooting. Between this signing and the two new rookies, Tony Snell and Erik Murphy, the Bulls have definitely made it a goal to improve their outside shooting.

Dunleavy Jr. last played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season where he averaged 10.5 points on 44.2% shooting and a stellar 42.8% from beyond the arc. Although his FG% took a dip this last year, his 3-Pt % has remained around the 40% mark for the past 3 years.

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