Bulls Rumors & News

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'

    Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31

  • Contest lets fan crash at Bulls arena

    ESPN Chicago "Major League Baseball teams have offered the chance to sleep in the outfield, so it was only a matter of time before a fan would have a chance to sleep in an NBA arena. The Chicago Bulls, in conjunction with Airbnb, the company that allows people to buy or sell a night's stay in an apartment or..." March 31

  • Derrick Rose goes through full-contact practice without issue

    The Score "The Eastern Conference playoffs could be set to get a lot more interesting. Derrick Rose participated in contact portions of practice for the Chicago Bulls on Monday, the first time he's done so since re-tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee in late February. That means he's more or..." March 30

  • 1d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Bulls rested Gasol, Hinrich, Dunleavy and Brooks so Rose played 4 on 4.Thibodeau called him aggressive. Said him getting winded was expected

  • Joakim Noah vows to stay active in Chicago's anti-violence campaign

    ESPN Chicago "Joakim Noah extended his condolences Saturday to the family and friends of a Chicago rapper's manager murdered just hours after meeting the Chicago Bulls forward to plan an anti-violence event. Uchenna Agina, the manager of Chicago rapper Lil Durk, was in a car when a person reportedly walked..." March 30

  • 3d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Thibodeau said McDermott had setback with back issues and will be inactive vs. Knicks.

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28

  • Are Bulls rounding into form as Playoffs approach?

    CSN Chicago "The narrative surrounding the Bulls has dramatically changed in the last 10 days, where optimism has re-emerged about the upcoming postseason and the pessimism birthed from losing five out of six games has disseminated into thin air. Health has played a huge part in the Bulls’ revival, and this..." March 27

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Thibodeau said Rose likely cleared for contact next week. Bulls have 3 offdays between Knicks and Bucks.

  • Bulls respond well, top Raptors with fourth-quarter explosion

    CSN Chicago "In a game featuring lots of offense and little defense, the Chicago Bulls outlasted the Toronto Raptors, 116-103. After trailing throughout the first three quarters, Chicago exploded in the fourth, outscoring Toronto 39-21 in period. “I liked the way we responded in the second half,..." March 26

  • Bulls' Derrick Rose remains on target for regular-season return

    Chicago Tribune "Derrick Rose said he expects to be cleared for contact either this week or next and remains confident he'll return from arthroscopic right knee surgery this season. "Oh yeah, I’m not worried about that," Rose said. "I’m feeling good. I’m trying to do all the right things. Put all the positives..." March 25

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Noah will play vs. Raptors.

  • Jimmy Butler scores 19 in return as Bulls beat Hornets without Noah

    Chicago Sun-Times "With three weeks left in the regular season, the Bulls’ game plan is simple: Get healthy, stay healthy and let Tom Thibodeau Do. His. Job. The Bulls took a significant step in that direction Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets when leading scorer Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup after..." March 24

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    Chuck Garfien @ChuckGarfien

    Surprise tonight with the Bulls. No Joakim Noah. Out with general soreness.

  • Report: Michael Jordan wanted to sign with Adidas, but shoe company thought he was too short

    Pro Basketball Talk "Michael Jordan and Nike are synonymous with each other. Both brands have played prominent roles in basketball and shoe culture, growing together since Jordan entered the NBA in 1984. But if Adidas were a little smarter, perhaps the Nike-Jordan partnership never would have begun. Ellen..." March 23

  • Derrick Rose could return to contact practice next week

    CSN Chicago "The calendars have been marked ever since Bulls GM Gar Forman uttered the phrase “four to six weeks”, centered around a potential return for Derrick Rose. And for those who saw the Bulls guard in a full lather working out before Saturday night’s debacle at the Palace, the optimism is still in..." March 23

  • 8d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Thibodeau said Butler likely to go vs. Hornets.

  • Pistons' bench rises to help grab victory over Bulls

    Detroit News "On '70s Night before a huge crowd at The Palace, Gloria Gaynor belted out her hit "I Will Survive" at halftime. It became something of the Pistons' anthem in the second half of a seesaw matchup against the Chicago Bulls. After leading by double digits in the first half and falling behind by 19..." March 22

  • Fred Hoiberg could replace Tom Thibodeau as Bulls coach, per report

    SB Nation "There have been rumors floating around about a growing conflict between the Bulls' front office and coach Tom Thibodeau for a while. It appears that just in case the relationship can't be mended, the Bulls have a replacement in mind: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that..." March 22

  • Bulls' Thibodeau: Butler 'real close' to returning

    The Score "The reports on Jimmy Butler's recovery have been consistently positive and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday the shooting guard is getting real close to returning. Butler has missed the team's last 11 games after suffering an elbow sprain at the beginning of the month. It's..." March 21

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks potential labor strife, draft lottery changes and salary cap

    Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21

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    Sun-Times Basketball @suntimes_hoops

    Taj Gibson went through everything. May go tonight says the Thibs.

  • 12d
    Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

    Gibson is hopeful he may be able to play tomorrow but he wants to see how he feels after shootaround.

  • Mirotic's strong second half lifts Bulls to win over Pacers

    CSN Chicago "Pacers big man Ian Mahinmi was giving Nikola Mirotic too much space on the perimeter, but the rookie, perhaps feeling too aggressive after taking consecutive shots, had to be prodded by Joakim Noah to go for one more. The crowd was mumbling, begging for Mirotic to take the 20-footer, and being..." March 19

  • Bulls' Joakim Noah on minute restriction: 'I don't want to be a distraction'

    CSN Chicago "Being caught in the middle of a controversy between his coach and the front office doesn’t sit well with Joakim Noah, who had to sit the last half of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 32-minute restriction placed on him by management to coach Tom Thibodeau..." March 19

  • 12d
    Mike McGraw @McGrawDHBulls

    Taj Gibson has been upgraded to questionable for Fri vs. TOR on the #Bulls' official injury list. Butler & Rose are out.

  • Thibodeau suggests Rose may be ahead of schedule

    The Score "Some good news came out of the Chicago Bulls' practice facility in the shadow of the United Center on Tuesday. Potentially, some very good news. Derrick Rose was a partial participant in practice and coach Tom Thibodeau said afterwards the franchise point guard is doing well in his recovery..." March 17

  • NBA playoffs may need a format change

    USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks improvises and hits on a winning lineup late against the Bulls

    The Oklahoman "Nikola Mirotic is averaging 8.7 points a game as a Chicago Bulls rookie. But in 61 minutes of court time against the Thunder, Mirotic had scored 48 points. And when Steven Adams fouled out with a flurry of four whistles in a span of less than four minutes, the Thunder seemed in trouble..." March 16

  • Beefing Bulls: 'There isn't a lot of support' for Tom Thibodeau

    Sporting News "There is a fight going on between the Bulls front office and coach Tom Thibodeau — and Chicago's players aren't oblivious to it. For now, the players are trying to stay focused on finishing the regular season strong and improving their record as they move into the playoffs. Still, they are..." March 16

  • Joakim Noah still has playing limit

    ESPN.com "Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau explained why he didn't use center Joakim Noah more during the final few minutes of a 109-100 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon. "I ran out of minutes with him," Thibodeau said. "But I thought Jo played a very good game for us." Noah..." March 16

  • 16d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Thibodeau said Gibson is practicing now, Butler is not. Butler doing lots of shooting. Both getting closer. Today is 2 weeks for Butler.

  • Things look to be ending between Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls

    Athlon Sports "Breakups are hard, and they’re said to happen for all sorts of reasons. Different goals, different principles, sudden realizations about your partner’s hygiene — love is hard when it fails, and that failure often rears its thorny head through the peskiest, most seemingly forgettable details...." March 14

  • Bulls' reliance on Pau Gasol could have a price later

    CSN Chicago "Pau Gasol took deep breaths as he answered questions while sitting in the visitor’s locker room Wednesday, admittedly exhausted after an overtime-thriller in Philadelphia that went longer than it should’ve. Forty-three minutes, the wear and tear was evident on Gasol’s face after putting..." March 14

  • Bulls need OT to get past Sixers, end three-game losing streak

    CSN Chicago "The look of disgust was evident across Pau Gasol’s face, and Mike Dunleavy swung his fists down in anger when it became clear the Bulls let the Philadelphia 76ers hang around far too long Wednesday. It was supposed to be a feel-good bounce back game, but the chant of “Beat the Bulls” that..." March 12

  • NBA Players Union rejects cap smoothing, setting up ridiculous 2016 free agency summer

    SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12

  • 20d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Thibodeau said Gibson and Butler traveled and are "getting closer." Possible Butler returns before 3 weeks. Rose amping up rehab in Chicago.

  • 20d
    Vincent Goodwill @vgoodwill

    Noah's out tonight. Lower body soreness, it's said by the Bulls

  • 20d
    Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

    Thibs says Rose has entered the next phase of his rehab. Taking more shots. "It's step by step." Sounds confident he is making progress.

  • Bulls hold their own vs. Grizzlies but come up short

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "The fight is there. No one has been questioning that. But down two starters and a first option off the bench, fight will only get you so far. As the Bulls found out Monday, about 44 minutes and change. Tied with the Memphis Grizzlies (45-18) with 3:35 left, the Bulls watched the Western..." March 10

  • Rose: 'Good chance I'll be back this season'

    ESPN Chicago "Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said there is a "good chance" he'll be back this season, but he wouldn't say it with any certainty. "I think so, that's the plan," Rose said. "Whenever I feel right, that's when I'm going to step back." Rose spoke to reporters for the first time since his knee..." March 10

  • Bulls guard Derrick Rose (knee) does some light shooting Monday

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Bulls guard Derrick Rose was seen taking shots before Monday's game, reports ESPNChicago.com. Rose recently started rehab on his knee. Rose had a meniscectomy on his knee in late February and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. " March 09

  • Hot streak continues as Spurs trounce Chicago

    San Antonio Express-News "Summing it up First, allow us to make like Gregg Popovich and point out the blemishes in his team’s 116-105 victory over Chicago Sunday at the AT&T Center. (In far gentler terms, of course.) They allowed the Bulls, despite the absences of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, to shoot 51 percent while..." March 09

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    Sam Smith @SamSmithHoops

    Jimmy Butler went through intense shooting drill pregame; probably too late to activate him

  • Pacers get late lift from Ian Mahinmi to close out Bulls for fourth straight win

    Indy Cornrows "Despite the Indiana Pacers jumping out to an 18-6 lead against the Chicago Bulls, the Pacers couldn't work towards their fourth straight win without getting caught in an all-too-familiar grind it out slugfest against their Central Division foe. After their hot start, Indiana succumbed to a dry..." March 07

  • Jimmy Butler loses $10,000 bet to student in shooting contest

    Sporting News "This probably didn't play out as Jimmy Butler expected. The Bulls All-Star, who is currently nursing an elbow injury, made a bet with a student from the Phoenix Military Academy: Make a 3-pointer and he'll give the school $10,000. Butler gave Jabaree White three chances to make it happen, but..." March 05

  • 26d
    Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

    Thibs says Rose is still in initial stages of rehab. Riding stationary bike. Doesn't sound like he will travel with Bulls to Indy and SA.

  • Recharged Bulls defeat Wizards, regaining some swagger

    CSN Chicago "If it walks like a rivalry, barks like a rivalry and hits like one, it has to be officially called a rivalry. So slap the label on it, like Wizards big man Nene did when he gave a karate chop to Joakim Noah on his drive down the lane — where he made no play on the ball and only to Noah’s skin —..." March 04

  • Joakim Noah unlikely for EuroBasket, in doubt for Olympics

    Olympic Talk "Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is reportedly unlikely to play at EuroBasket in September, a tournament the French national team director has said is mandatory for players who want to make the French Olympic team. Noah, 30, is averaging 7.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season,..." March 04

  • 28d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Taj Gibson still in a walking boot. Out at least a week and could be 2.