[From the FanPosts. Of course, 'playing for the Chicago Bulls' can just mean taking the Qualifying Offer. -ed.]
Nothing "earth-shattering" here, but for the news-starved, here is the first article in the Chicago Sun Times, Bulls section, since Aug. 27th. Big Jerry speaks!
Ben the Bull: Jerry expects him to stay
By John Jackson - Chicago Sun Times - September 18, 2008
After more than two months of negotiations -- and more than a month after Luol Deng was re-signed -- it doesn't seem the Bulls are any closer to reaching a deal with restricted free agent Ben Gordon than they were in July.
General manager John Paxson didn't comment on the Gordon talks, but chairman Jerry Reinsdorf addressed the matter.
''It has to be resolved,'' Reinsdorf said Wednesday. ''You know, we have a business disagreement relating to the money, but he's still a Chicago Bull, and I expect him to play for the Bulls. I expect him to play hard, and I'd be surprised if it's anything other than that.''
Because Gordon is a restricted free agent, the Bulls have the right to match any offer he may receive. Gordon also could play this season under the $6.4 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Until now, there hasn't been an urgency to get a deal done, but the Sept. 30 start of training camp is approaching.
''I expect Ben Gordon to be playing for the Bulls this year, one way or another,'' Reinsdorf said. ''I don't know if it will be resolved before training camp, but I do expect him to be playing for the Bulls.''