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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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.

Here are eight NBA teams that should actively be seeking a point guard this summer. [Read more…]

Bulls Denzel Valentine on Future of Michigan State Hoops (Exclusive)

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It was #DenzelValentinesDay at Chicago Bulls headquarters on Monday. Denzel Valentine, the last pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, by the Chicago Bulls at #14, was unveiled to the local media for some Q&A. Zel will wear #45 with the Bulls, the same number that both he and his Dad wore at Michigan State.

It’s also the same number that Michael Jordan briefly wore in 1994 during the first season of his historic comeback.

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Draymond Green Makes USA Rio Olympics Roster

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USA Basketball announced on Monday that Golden State Warriors forward and Michigan State Alum Draymond Green will be part of the 12-man roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. #USABMNT

The full roster of players selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title when they compete in the Rio Summer Olympiad includes:

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2016 NBA Draft Team Grades

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It was a wild 2016 NBA Draft with plenty of shocking picks as well as a whole lot of guys getting drafted who most had probably never heard of or had no clue how to pronounce their names.  So which teams were winners and losers on draft night? Time to hand out some 2016 NBA Draft team grades. [Read more…]

2016 NBA Mock Draft First Round (6/23/16)

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Happy NBA Draft Day!  Here is a look at The Sports Bank’s latest 2016 NBA Mock Draft. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft. [Read more…]

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…]

Should Phoenix Suns Draft Buddy Hield or Kris Dunn at #4?

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The 2016 NBA Draft is stating to take shape, at least on paper- LSU’s Ben Simmons #1 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Duke’s Brandon Ingram #2 to the L.A. Lakers, and International prospect Dragan Bender, possibly the next Kristaps Porzingis, #3 to the Boston Celtics.

So who goes #4 to the Phoenix Suns? Oklahoma scoring Buddy Hield, the consensus national player of the year? Or Providence‘s Kris Dunn, the draft’s best point guard?

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Henry Ellenson: Can Marquette PF Break into NBA Draft Top 5?

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The 2016 NBA Draft is stating to take shape, at least on paper- LSU’s Ben Simmons #1 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Duke’s Brandon Ingram #2 to the L.A. Lakers, and International prospect Dragan Bender, possibly the next Kristaps Porzingis, #3 to the Boston Celtics.

How about Marquette Power Forward Henry Ellenson? Where does he fit?

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Boston Celtics Taking Dragan Bender at #3? Next Kristaps Porzingis?

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The 2016 NBA Draft is stating to take shape, at least on paper- Ben Simmons #1 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Brandon Ingram #2 to the L.A. Lakers, and Dragan Bender, possibly the next Kristaps Porzingis, #3 to the Boston Celtics.

ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and Here are transcripts of some of the highlights of the Dragan Bender and Kristaps Porzingus discussion below, via an ESPN release.

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Derrick Rose TRADED to the New York Knicks: Instant Analysis

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If they could help it, you knew the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t head into 2016-17 with both Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler on the roster. Whether Rose and Butler get along or not, how believable those rumors are, or what you define “getting along” to be, they no longer co-exist that well on the court together. 

Both are a quasi-alpha dog, and you just can’t have two alpha dogs in the same backcourt. Butler may have more trade value, but Derrick Rose is the one who’s moving on, as Chicago has sent him to the New York Knicks.

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