Chicago Bulls Announce Paul Zipser Signing; Who is He?

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As the 2016 NBA Draft progressed, more obscure and strange sounding names were called. Sir Winston Churchill once famously said:  ‘Everybody has a right to pronounce foreign names as he chooses’. Although Churchill’s quip wouldn’t fly in today’s ultra-pc culture, you could see many NBA fans embodying that zeitgeist in the advanced stages of the draft.

In every draft, most NBA fans have the “who?!” reaction to many of the picks in the 40s and 50s. This draft was so weak that the reflex started happening in the 20s and 30s.

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GM Gar Forman Articulates the Chicago Bulls Master Plan (Audio)

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Chicago Bulls GM Gar Forman just landed one of the biggest NBA free agents of the entire summer in Dwyane Wade. However, the fan base wasn’t happy about it to say the least. There was a huge social media backlash against the move Wednesday night. Fans weren’t thrilled about the Rajon Rondo signing on Fourth of July either.

Are the Bulls actually picking a lane here? Do they have a direction? Is it “a retooling” like Gar Forman always says, and not “a rebuild?

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Rajon Rondo Lists Bulls Roster Hierarchy; Somewhat Contradicts Himself

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“The main thing is that we have three alphas. There will be three alphas on the team,” newly minted Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo told reporters today. He was referring to himself, Jimmy Butler and just announced signing Dwyane Wade. 

“Just trying to mesh together and try to make sure we are doing the best thing for the team,” Rondo said before later contradicting himself. The NBA leader in assists last season was asked who the big dog was going to be.  “Obviously it’s Jimmy’s team,” he responded.

“Jimmy’s the youngest, he’s the engine here. It’ll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order.”

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Tre Demps Makes Chicago Bulls Summer League Roster

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The Chicago Bulls announced their team which will participate in the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League.  This year’s #1 draft pick, #14 overall, Denzel Valentine out of Michigan State (the last pick in the lottery) headlines the roster, which includes fellow Spartan alumni Raymar Morgan.

Yes, the same Raymar Morgan who is balling with the Spartan Heroes (Michigan State Alumni) in “The Basketball Tournament.”

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Dwyane Wade to Chicago, 2 yrs, $47M, Bulls Twitter MELTS DOWN

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Raise your hand if you’re a Chicago Bulls fan and you like the Dwyane Wade signing.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Frey? Frey?

Yes, the Dwyane Wade homecoming is now official, to the tune of two-years, $47 million deal. To make this work though, the Bulls had to also make some salary cap space clearing deals. Mike Dunleavy is out the door to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jose Calderon goes to the Lakers. There’s also been talk that the just signed Rajon Rondo could be on the move; potentially.

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Joakim Noah to Make $18m per Season, Reunite with Derrick Rose

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It’s no mystery why the New York Knicks have just one playoff series win this century. If there’s one thing the Knicks do well, and do very consistently, it’s OVERPAY for big name players who are way past their prime. It’s like Owner James Dolan bases his entire roster on just one trait- individual brand name awareness.

Enter Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah, who is joining the Knicks for $18 million per season, according to multiple sources.

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Denzel Valentine on Wearing Michael Jordan’s Number

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Denzel Valentine wasted no time beginning his transition to “the league.” The Chicago Bulls selected him with the 14th and final pick of the  NBA Draft Thursday night. By Monday he was at Bulls headquarters to meet the media and display his #45 jersey, the number both he and his Dad wore with the Michigan State Spartans, and briefly worn by Michael Jordan himself during his 1994 Bulls comeback. 

In the media session, Bulls GM Gar Forman said that Zel showed up with four or five large duffel bags, indicating that he’s moved in now and ready to hit the ground running.

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E’Twaun Moore Might Be Highlight of Bulls Free Agency

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You can count down the hours now until the NBA free agency signing period opens, so an early Happy Canada Day to all! Yes, free agency and Canadian Independence Day always intersect each year, and perhaps the Toronto Raptors will be a more interesting to team to watch this free agency season than the Chicago Bulls.

No offense to combo guard E’Twaun Moore, as you know how much we love the former Purdue Boilermakers star over here at The Sports Bank, but his story might be the most interesting Bulls narrative this silly season. Seriously, you should expect a very quiet FA summer in Chicago this year.

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NBA Free Agency: 8 Teams Needing a Point Guard

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The NBA Free Agency period official kicks off on July 1st when teams are able to start negotiating with available players. A weak class of free agent point guards is led by Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo. From there, the level of talent dips which is why we have already seen guys like Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, and George Hill get dealt prior to the NBA Draft.

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Bulls GM Gar Forman Shoots Down Jimmy Butler Trade Rumors

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NBA Draft night saw incessant Jimmy Butler trade rumors, including some narratives that would potentially reunite the superstar swingman with his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. Obviously, it didn’t happen as Butler stayed put, but the Chicago Bulls also took a natural shooting guard, how can also play small forward and point guard with their lottery pick at #14.

Yes, the selection of Denzel Valentine (here’s more on him), plus the Bulls selecting a small forward in the second round in Paul Zipster from Germany, again called into question the team’s future on the wings, as well as wonderment about the future of Jimmy Butler with the team.

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How Denzel Valentine Fits in with the Chicago Bulls

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Denzel Valentine is the first NBA Draft lottery pick to come out of Michigan State since 2001 (Jason Richardson).

The Chicago Bulls selected the AP National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year with the 14th pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. Bulls GM Gar Forman said at the Bulls practice facility Thursday night that he thought Denzel “was a fit on so many levels, a big time winner.”

Forman also said that Zel fit into the direction that the Bulls wanted to go, indicating that the team is “wanting to get younger and more athletic, and play with pace.”

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2016 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/23/16)

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The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday evening so the draft order will be official then.  Here is a look at the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft. [Read more…]