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Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

Richard Hamilton Wants Another Shot in the NBA

NBA via Detoit Pistons(NEW YORK) — After taking this past year off, former NBA guard Richard Hamilton will pursue a chance to get back into the league.
Now 36-years-old, Hamilton recently spoke David Alacron of HoopsHype, he expressed his desire to play in the NBA again.
 “Yeah, yeah. I think for me, personally, I have to see how my body responds after the summer,” he said. “I want to play another year and hopefully get an opportunity to play on a team with a chance to win a title.”
Hamilton also added that multiple teams have contacted him about his services for next season.
A 14-year NBA veteran, Hamilton spent the 2012-2013 season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. His minutes and points per game were the lowest of his career since his rookie season back in 1999.
For his career though, Hamilton has always been a steady and reliable wing scorer. He averaged 17.1 points per game during his career with the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and Bulls.
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ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) –  The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN.
The addition of Brooks gives the Bulls another scoring option off the bench.  Chicago has retooled its roster during the offseason with the additions of former All-Star Pau Gasol, European forward Nikola Mirotic, and rookie guard Doug McDermott in hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference crown.
The 29-year-old Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of the University of Oregon.
Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while playing for the Rockets and Denver Nuggets.
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Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Pelicans have found a new sharpshooter. The team agreed to terms with Jimmer Fredette on a one-year deal on Thursday, worth the league minimum.
Fredette, who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings, finished last season with the Chicago Bulls after earning his release from the Kings. The guard played sparingly in eight games with the Bulls, spending time on the roster during their playoff run.
Fredette’s best season came in his rookie year, 2011-12, when he averaged 7.6 points per game and shot 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.
The Pelicans hope that the former Brigham Young star will replace the production lost when Anthony Morrow signed with Oklahoma City. 
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Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Lakers added to their wealth of big men on Thursday, claiming forward Carlos Boozer off amnesty waivers. The Lakers won a blind bid against nine teams, putting up $3.25 million to garner Boozer’s rights, according to reports. 
“We’re very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season,” Mitch Kupchak, Lakers general manager, said in a news release.
Boozer was released via the amnesty clause by the Chicago Bulls just over a week ago, making it possible for Chicago to sign free agents Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls still must pay the remaining $13.6 million on his 2014-15 contract, but by utilizing the amnesty clause, the contract comes off the books for salary-cap and luxury-tax purposes.
Los Angeles has already signed a pair of power forwards, reaching agreements with both Ed Davis and Jordan Hill. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 76 contests for Chicago last season.
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Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

Report: Bulls Inform Carlos Boozer He’s Been Amnestied

NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) — The Carlos Boozer-era is over in Chicago as the Bulls have informed him that he’s been amnestied.
Boozer was entering the final year of his contract, and was set to earn $16.8 million next season. While Boozer will still receive his full salary, it won’t count against the Bulls salary cap.
With the recent additions of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls front-court suddenly became very crowded, and very expensive.
Boozer’s contract is now put out to bid and teams under the salary cap can enter a blind bid, with the team putting in the highest bid (over a minimum of $1.4 million) can get his services.
The 32-year-old Boozer is still a productive NBA player. This past season for the Bulls, he averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
He spent four of his 12 overall seasons in the NBA in Chicago, and has career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
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European Star Nikola Mirotic Will Join the Bulls Next Season

European Star Nikola Mirotic Will Join the Bulls Next Season

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Nikola Mirotic is finally coming to the NBA as he’s agreed on a contract with the Chicago Bulls that will bring him over to America next season.
Mirotic was acquired by the Bulls in a draft-day deal back in 20…

Pau Gasol Announces He’s Signing with the Bulls

Pau Gasol Announces He’s Signing with the Bulls

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) — The free agent dominos have begun to fall in the NBA. Free agent forward/center Pau Gasol has announced via Twitter that he will sign with the Chicago Bulls.
“It hasn’t been easy. After meditating it a lot I’ve chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career,” Gasol Tweeted on Saturday.
The 34-year-old Gasol spent over six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped lead them to two NBA Championships.
Aside from top-tier guys like Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony, Gasol was one of the top names out there on the free agent market.
While he’s struggled with durability issues the past couple seasons, he remains one of the better all-around big men and should mesh nicely with All-Star center Joakim Noah.
In 60 games for the Lakers this past season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game.
The Bulls have to decide by Wednesday whether nor not they will amnesty forward Carlos Boozer or find a trade destination for him so that they can fit Gasol’s contract under the salary cap.
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Doug McDermott Ready to Prove He Belongs in the NBA

Doug McDermott Ready to Prove He Belongs in the NBA

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There may not have been a more polarizing player in the NBA Draft than former Creighton forward Doug McDermott. Now a member of the Chicago Bulls, he’s out to prove he can be a productive NBA player as many doubt he’s not ready for the next level.
“A lot of people label me as just a spot up shooter, but I think that I’m a lot more than that,” McDermott said. “I feel like I can put the ball on the floor and come off of screens really well, so I’ve been working on that a lot.”
McDermott is one of the greatest scorers in NCAA history. In his senior season, he led the nation in scoring at 26.7 points per game. His scoring average went up each of his collegiate seasons.
The Denver Nuggets originally selected McDermott 11th overall, but his rights were drafted to the Bulls.
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Bulls Trade for McDermott

Bulls Trade for McDermott

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the first of many anticipated moves, the Chicago Bulls traded to get former Creighton star Doug McDermott at the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Bulls gave up both of their first-round picks to get the sharp-shooting forward.
McDermott was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, who also get Anthony Randolph and a future second-rounder with the 11th overall pick. Chicago originally held the 16th and 19th overall picks, selecting Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris before the deal.
McDermott was the consensus player of the year in college basketball this past season, averaging 26.7 points per game and shooting over fifty percent from the field. The 6’7″ forward also shot 45 percent from three-point range as a senior, finishing fifth all-time on the NCAA scoring chart with 3,150 points.
Chicago was the lowest scoring team in the NBA in 2013-14, scoring 93.7 points per game while shooting just 33.3 percent from downtown. The Bulls are expected to be a top destination for free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, and they’re hopeful the acquisition of McDermott boosts their odds.
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Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony has informed the team that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Anthony, who had hinted towards the decision during the regular season, will be able to negotiate with any team on July 1.
Anthony has the ability to sign a maximum contract worth $96 million over five years with any team outside of the Knicks. Should he choose to resign with New York, the small forward could command a max deal worth $129 million.
Sources close to Anthony say the Chicago Bulls are one team that he would consider playing for. Among others that could garner his services are the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com reported earlier in June that the Miami Heat have also inquired about signing Anthony. Meanwhile, Knicks president Phil Jackson had expressed his hope that Anthony would “opt in” to the final year of his deal and test free agency in 2015.
New York went 37-45 this past season, led by Anthony’s 27.4 points per game. Should he leave, Anthony would become the fifth player in the last 30 years to change teams after averaging more than 27 points that year and the first to do so since LeBron James.
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Wizards Power Past Bulls 75-69 to Win Series 4-1

Wizards Power Past Bulls 75-69 to Win Series 4-1

Win McNamee/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –  John Wall scored 24 points as the Washington Wizards topped the Chicago Bulls 75-69 on Tuesday night to close out their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games.
Nene added 20 points as the fifth-se…

Scoreboard Roundup 4-29-14

Scoreboard Roundup 4-29-14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards 75 (1-0) – Chicago Bulls 69 (Wizards win series 4-1)
Memphis Grizzlies 100 – Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Grizzlies lead series, 3-2)
Los Angeles Clippers 113 – Golden State Warriors 103 (C…

Wizards’ Nene Suspended One Game for Head-Butting

Wizards’ Nene Suspended One Game for Head-Butting

National Basketball Association(WASHINGTON) –  Washington Wizards big man Nene has been suspended for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls for head-butting forward Jimmy Butler, the NBA announced on Saturday.
W…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/25/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) —  NBA Playoffs – First Round:  Brooklyn Nets 102 – Toronto Raptors 98 (Nets lead series, 2-1)
Chicago Bulls 100 – Washington Wizards 97 (Wizards lead series, 2-1)
Houston Rockets 121 – Portland Trail Blazers 11…

Wizards Edge Bulls in OT for 2-0 Series Lead

Wizards Edge Bulls in OT for 2-0 Series Lead

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –  Bradley Beal scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Washington Wizards topped the Chicago Bulls 101-99 in overtime to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Nene added 17 points as the Wi…

Joakim Noah Named NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah Named NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(DEERFIELD, Ill.) — Joakim Noah was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, the first of his career.
“This is very humbling to be in this situation right now,” said Noah at a press conference.
The Chicago ce…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/20/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) –  NHL Playoffs: First Round -  Philadelphia Flyers 4 – New York Rangers 2 (Series tied, 1-1)
Boston Bruins 4 – Detroit Red Wings 1 (Series tied, 1-1)
Montreal Canadiens 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Montreal lead…

Bulls Confident in Derrick Rose’s Return

Bulls Confident in Derrick Rose’s Return

NBA via Chicago Bulls(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bulls may be gearing up for a playoff run, but the team is also eagerly awaiting the return of point guard Derrick Rose for next season.
Back in November, Rose had surgery to fix a meniscus tear in his righ…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/14/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) –  MLB:  Baltimore Orioles 7 (6-7) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (7-7)
Washington Nationals 9 (8-5) – Miami Marlins 2 (5-9)
Atlanta Braves 9 (9-4) – Philadelphia Phillies 6 (6-7)
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (8-5) – Brewers 0…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/5/14

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Final Four:  (7) Connecticut 63 (31-8) – (1) Florida 53 (36-3)
(8) Kentucky 74 (29-10) – (2) Wisconsin 73 (30-8)
MLB:  New York Mets 6 (2-3) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (1…

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