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K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that six-year veteran Ime Udoka worked out for the Bulls yesterday at the team's practice facility." No contract offer was made," Johnson writes, "but it's possible Udoka, who spent last season with the Kings, could secure a training camp invitation."
Udoka fits the "three-and-d" small forward role most famously filled by Bruce Bowen, the former San Antonio Spur. A solid perimeter defender, Udoka can hit the open three-pointer on occasion, a sorely needed skill for Chicago. It is worrisome, though, that his three-point shooting has tumbled in each of the last four seasons, from a high of 40.6 percent in 2006/07 to an unseemly 28.6 percent last season.
The Bulls have 12 players under contract and have invited two more to training camp.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that former Boston Celtic big man Brian Scalabrine has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Chicago Bulls.
The Chicago Bulls were reportedly very close to trading for Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Rudy Fernandez in a deal that was expected to be finalized by the beginning of next week.
Chicago added a different shooting guard Friday, however, as NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports they’ve come to a two-year deal with Keith Bogans.
Bogans, a seven-year NBA pro who played last year with the San Antonio Spurs, reportedly has the second year of this contract partially guaranteed.
With the Spurs last season, he averaged 4.4 points in 19.7 minutes per game.
According to a Twitter message from Madrid-based sportswriter Francisco Rabadan, swingman Rudy Fernandez wants the Portland Trail Blazers to deal him to an Eastern Conference team, though he would not specify whether the Chicago Bulls were among his preferred destinations. Here’s the original message:
he hablado con rudy esta mañana. no sabe nada de su posible traspaso a chicago, pero me da una pista: “el este me parece muy atractivo”
According to my very basic Spanish education, that translates to:
I spoke with Rudy this morning. He doesn’t know anything about his possible trade to Chicago, but he gave me a clue: “the East seems very attractive to me.”
Yesterday, our own Ben Golliver noted that “nothing is imminent” with regard to Fernandez winding up in Chicago. And Al Yellon followed up with a report that said Portland and Chicago might strike a deal by Monday. But with the Knicks signing Roger Mason and the Celtics running out of money and roster spots, Chicago appears to be the most likely destination for Fernandez, if Portland can stomach receiving only combo forward James Johnson and potentially a draft pick in return for their reserve shooting specialist.
Via The Knicks Blog and tweeted by writer Tommy Dee:
Source says a deal with Rudy Fernandez and the Bulls could be done by monday. James Johnson to portland but blaz want a draft pick as well.
No “substantial” new info regarding Fernandez and Blazers during last week. “Nothing has changed,” source close to Fernandez says.
Does Fernandez want to be moved? Yes. Are Blazers exploring options? Yes. But there has not been an “ultimatum” delivered, sources say.
Blazers and Fernandez are closer and more on same page than they are apart. Source close to Fernandez describes situation as “symbiotic.”
It’s evident the relationship is not working and it’s time for a “divorce,” source says. However, dialogue is open and nothing has changed.
Blazers are exploring trade options for Fernandez. But this has been going on for more than a month, and nothing is imminent.
Blazers are open to trading Fernandez, but they are still in the driver’s seat and do not feel pressured to make a trade.
Moreover, there’s no guarantee Fernandez will soon be moved. Blazers could hold on to him and use him in a package deal.
Jason Quick, the writer who originally said Fernandez was being actively shopped, has backed off slightly.
Rudy trade talks likely on back burner until Sunday. GM Cho tells agent Andy Miller he will meet w/coach McMillan in Vegas on Sun to discuss
K.C. Johnson reports that the Chicago Bulls are indeed interested in obtaining disgruntled 3-point marksman Rudy Fernandez from the Portland Trail Blazers, but also that they’re evaluating a trio of free agents to help their 3-point shooting. Keith Bogans, Eddie House and Roger Mason are the targets.
Bogans and Mason spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs, shooting 35.7 percent and 33.3 percent from long range, respectively. They’re essentially the same age, with Bogans already turning 30 and Mason due to celebrate his 30th in late September. In addition to being shooters, each has a solid, if unspectacular, reputation on the defensive end.
House, 32, has more experience and is a more distinguished shooter, connecting on 39.0 percent of his 3-point attempts during his career, which ranks 49th on the NBA’s all-time list. He can play either guard spot, but will not add much on the defensive end. He played for Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau in Boston, when Thibodeau was the Celtics’ lead assistant.
Jason Quick of The Oregonian writes that Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez is being actively shopped by the team.
On twitter, Quick reports that the Chicago Bulls are one of three teams on Fernandez’s short list of destinations, which also includes the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks.
Eyewitness reports from Tracy McGrady’s workout with the Chicago Bulls yesterday have hit the press, and they’re far from glowing. Indeed, it appears as though McGrady failed to impress the Bulls. From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
According to two people who witnessed the workout, McGrady shot the ball well but didn’t move with much fluidity or exhibit superior conditioning. Andy Greer, who served as an assistant with the Rockets along with coach Tom Thibodeau when McGrady played there, led the workout.
Those two coaches’ familiarity with McGrady, as well as [Derrick] Rose’s public lobbying for him that stems, in part, from their shared agency, represent McGrady’s best chance at landing a Bulls offer. Yet no definitive decision has been made, and one league source who spoke with Bulls management said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls passed.
John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times, meanwhile, seems to believe the issue has more to do with McGrady’s personality than his physical ability:
During his workout Monday at the Berto Center, Tracy McGrady showed he has made physical progress since last season and is capable of being a contributor to the Bulls next season, according to a source.
But despite the seven-time All-Star being physically able to fill the secondary bench role the team is looking for, the Bulls’ brass isn’t yet convinced McGrady will be a good fit after meeting with him following the workout the source said.
If Marc Stein’s initial report about McGrady’s workout is to be believed, the Bulls would have signed him on the spot had he impressed them enough. But he didn’t, and now it appears as though both parties will look elsewhere. With only Luol Deng, Kyle Korver, and Ronnie Brewer available to play the wing positions, the Bulls will look for another swingman. McGrady still needs a team.
Bulls worked out McGrady and it went well, though it sounds like the Bulls have no plans to do anything with him for now.
As always, we await developments.
Bulls worked out McGrady and it went well, though it sounds like the Bulls have no plans to do anything with him for now.
As always, we await developments.
Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports that free-agent swingman Tracy McGrady completed his scheduled workout with the Chicago Bulls on Monday morning and “said his first choice would be to sign with Chicago.” More from Friedell:
McGrady, who also has expressed interest in joining Miami as a bench player in support of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, said he wouldn’t mind joining the Bulls in a reserve role, but his preference would be to start.
He also said he hasn’t yet talked about a contract with the Bulls, but that was expected to take place at lunch Monday. McGrady is represented by Arn Tellem, who enjoys a very strong relationship with Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
McGrady had previously worked out with the L.A. Clippers this summer.
Keep checking this StoryStream for more news on McGrady as it becomes available.
Steve Aschburner of NBA.com has heard the rumors about Tracy McGrady’s bid to return to NBA relevance with the Chicago Bulls—rumors which he attributes to “the calendar and pro sports’ determination to squeeze the last bit of pulp out of any orange”—and isn’t convinced McGrady can help one of the East’s rising powers:
Bulls guard Derrick Rose is in favor of signing McGrady, telling ESPNChicago.com, “That would be good. … A player like him, with his experience and how he plays, I think it would help us.” But Rose, 21, is speaking like the young fella who thrilled to McGrady’s highlights back in the day — back in the ’00s.
Aschburner cites the negative influence McGrady could have over Rose (“Chicago needs Rose asserting, not deferring,” he says), the way McGrady’s presence would take time away from new free-agent signee Ronnie Brewer, the fact that McGrady doesn’t offer veteran leadership, and his poor reputation as a defender as reasons for the Bulls to avoid him. He also questions McGrady’s potential role:
In late-game situations, it’s Rose or Carlos Boozer or, if they’re down three, Kyle Korver, whom the Bulls want taking the shots.
These concerns are all fair ones to raise, given how sharply McGrady has declined in the last several seasons.
The Bulls are prepared to sign Tracy McGrady if he proves to be sufficiently healthy in a workout Monday and can convince the team he is willing to accept a bench role, one source familiar with Chicago’s thinking said Sunday.
“Nothing is done until it’s done, but I expect the Bulls to sign McGrady later this week,” the source said.
Another unknown is what kind of contract McGrady can command from the Bulls. But McGrady has said money and years are not priorities after earning nearly $23 million last season with Houston and New York.
The article goes on to say that Derrick Rose would like to see McGrady in a Bulls uniform.
Ten years ago, then-Bulls GM Jerry Krause wooed McGrady with a dog-and-pony show at O’Hare Airport:
In the summer of 2000, McGrady was feted at his gate by the Luvabulls, a band playing “Sweet Home Chicago” and Benny the Bull. All they were missing were some fire-eaters and snake charmers. And, oh yeah, a shot at landing him.
McGrady isn’t the player he was then, but he’d be a nice complementary player on the Bulls’ bench. We’ll update this StoryStream with more information as it’s available on the Bulls’ roster retooling this offseason.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune confirms an earlier report that the Chicago Bulls have reached an agreement to sign free agent forward Kurt Thomas.
A source confirms @SamSmithHoops report that Kurt Thomas has verbally agreed to a deal with the Bulls, whose roster now is at 11 players.
Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports on twitter that Chicago is adding Kurt Thomas.
Looks like bulls found a veteran big. Sources say the bulls have an agreement with kurt thomas, who had a solid playoffs for the bucks
Thomas, 37, is a veteran power forward who isn’t afraid to be physical and brings a wealth of playoff experience to Chicago’s bench.
More details as they develop.
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Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports caught up with Ronnie Brewer, the newest Bull, who chose to sign with Chicago rather than the Boston Celtics, who also presented him an offer. Via Spears’ Twitter account:
Although the Celtics offered him a rotation spot on a conference championship team, the Bulls offered him something he valued more: a spot in the starting lineup and the ability to play alongside two guys with whom he’s already familiar.
The Chicago Bulls signed four-year veteran Ronnie Brewer to a three-year deal worth $12.5 million, according to Sam Smith of Bulls.com, addressing their need for a shooting guard just hours after learning the Orlando Magic matched their offer sheet for J.J. Redick. Brewer, 25, joins Derrick Rose as the only guards on Chicago’s roster.
Brewer played 266 of his 271 career games with the Utah Jazz, who traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies a week before this year’s trading deadline for a conditional second-round draft pick. Brewer owns career per-game averages of 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 steals. Though he’s a solid investment who proved with Utah he’s a rotation player on a good team, he does not address the Bulls’ need for three-point shooting. Brewer is a career 23.4% shooter from beyond the arc and takes nearly 11 two-pointers for every one trey, so he will not spread the floor for low-post dynamo Carlos Boozer—his former Jazz teammate—or dribble-driver Derrick Rose.
But that’s not to say Brewer won’t be useful. His career 52.1% shooting mark is outstanding for a guard, and his ability to get to the basket is an asset. He also adds athleticism to a roster sorely lacking it. Thus, at just over $4 million a year, it’s fair to say the Bulls got a bargain here.
J.J. Redick received his matching offer from the Orlando Magic and Magic GM Otis Smith will address the media beginning at 9:30 a.m. at RDV SportsPlex.
So, the Bulls will have to move on to other free agent or trade possibilities.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel says the Magic will likely keep J.J. Redick:
As of Thursday afternoon, Smith hasn’t prepared key players in the franchise about other free-agent options at the NBA minimum to take Redick’s place.
The Magic can not replace Redick with a player who makes what he will make with the Bulls.
The club only will have a minimum exception, starting at $1.3 million, and the biannual exception at about $2 million.
And you would think by now that if another option to Redick was the course of action, other members of the organization would have heard about it.
From what I have been able to gather, Smith will match for Redick because he wants to protect the asset as he did in the case of another restricted free agent, center Marcin Gortat, and he doesn’t want to lose Redick to an East rival.
Back to the drawing board for Gar Forman & Co.
Kyle Korver, signed as a free agent by the Bulls last week, met the Chicago media today:
“I thought it was the best fit for me,” said Korver, who acknowledged that Boozer reached out to him to join him in Chicago. “They need some shooting. I am very comfortable with ‘Booz,’ obviously. I really love the direction that this team is going. I feel like I fit in really well. I am excited to be a Bull. It really wasn’t a negative aspect to coming here. I am really excited.”
Via Chicago Breaking Sports, Quentin Richardson has signed with the Magic:
On Saturday, Magic general manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel that he “anticipated” matching the Bulls’ front-loaded, three-year $20 million offer sheet to Redick. However, Richardson is a wing player who could drop those chances.
The Magic has until Friday to make its final decision on Redick. Smith told the Sentinel he planned to take the entire time.
Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel early Saturday he “anticipates” matching the Bulls’ three-year, $19 million offer to restricted free agent J.J. Redick.
The Magic have seven days to match the offer, which the Tribune reported is front-loaded at $7 million. With the Magic already in luxury tax territory, matching that offer would cost the Magic a dollar-for-dollar penalty and a total of $14 million.
“I anticipate us doing it, but I’m not sure,” Smith told the Sentinel. “It’s too early. We’ll talk about it.”
So, it may be back to the free-agent list for Gar Forman.
Hot on the heels of signing Kyle Korver to a three-year contract, K.C. Johnson reports that the Chicago Bulls have signed Orlando Magic shooting guard and restricted free agent J.J. Redick to an oversheet.
ESPN’s Chad Ford reports that the offer is for three years and $20 million.
Given Redick’s status as a restricted free agent, the Orlando Magic will have the opportunity to match the offer and retain Redick. However, Johnson doesn’t necessasily expect that to happen.
While the terms of the Bulls’ offer were not immediately known, a league source said “it would be painful for the Magic to match.”
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Sure, the Miami Heat are making all the headlines, but the Chicago Bulls have been fairly busy themselves since the start of free agency last week. Today, the Bulls reportedly signed free agent shooting guard Kyle Korver to a three-year deal. Korver may not possess quite the full set of skills of their previous SG, Kirk Heinrich, but he's certainly a potent gunner from long range and a somewhat underrated defender.
Mark Stein, who 'broke' the news on Twitter not long ago, had this to say about the terms of the deal:
ESPN.com sources: Bulls to sign Korver to three-year deal worth estimated $15 million
SB Nation's Bulls site, Blog a Bull, has more reaction and analysis on the transaction.