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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 4-1Win 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

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Wizards’ Nene Suspended One Game for Head-Butting

Wizards’ Nene Suspended One Game for Head-ButtingNational 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

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Wizards Edge Bulls in OT for 2-0 Series Lead

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Joakim Noah Named NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah Named NBA’s Defensive Player of the YearJonathan 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

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Bulls Confident in Derrick Rose’s Return

Bulls Confident in Derrick Rose’s ReturnNBA 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

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/5/14

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/2/14

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/24/14

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/19/14

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/9/14

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/7/14

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