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Bairstow signs

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Interesting note on rumor of third year

McDermott, Snell make SL First team

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Doug McDermott -- Chicago Bulls Donatas Motiejunas -- Houston Rockets Otto Porter -- Washington Wizards Glen Rice, Jr. -- Washington Wizards (MVP) Tony Snell -- Chicago Bulls

Pau Gasol Helps, But He May Not Solve Chicago's Biggest Problem

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Over at Nylon Calculus I looked at the Bulls inability to drive and how Pau does and doesn't help with that issue.

McDermott invited back to USA camp

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Looks like DMD is back on the select team. Seems like a good way to jump start his acclimation to Thibslife.

Grantland Grade D - What BaaB Felt About Free Agency Before Falling Back Into Fandom

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Here's the Bulls grade and parent-teacher conference summary: Bulls Pau Gasol isn’t the same player he was on offense three years ago, and on defense he’ll be almost as big a liability as Carlos Boozer. Is he supposed to solve the scoring issues they had in the playoffs? Paying him $22 million for three years isn’t bad, but if he doesn’t really fix the offense, and hurts the defense, even an affordable Pau is just money that the Bulls can’t spend on real solutions. Chicago is pinning a lot of hope on Doug McDermott, who should be solid right away, and Nikola Mirotic, who’s a total wild card after two years of vague Internet hype and obligatory inclusion in every single Bulls trade rumor. Mirotic sounds great as an idea, but read this scouting report from someone who watched him this year for Real Madrid. (Includes the sentence, "He pretty much made Bostjan Nachbar an NBA All-Star.") They also punted on using two first-round picks in a loaded draft class. Instead of taking, say, Gary Harris and T.J. Warren, they traded up to take McDermott. It’d be one thing if the Bulls didn’t see this coming with free agents this summer, but they had a year to try to create max cap space, and with an offer of four years for $73 million, they came up $23 million short of what the Lakers were offering with the actual max. This basically made it impossible for Carmelo to choose Chicago, which also removed the possibility of a sign-and-trade, because the Knicks knew there’s no way Carmelo would ever forfeit $50 million. So instead Chicago is bringing back Kirk Hinrich, adding Pau, and hoping Joakim Noah stays healthy for a full season again. Everyone’s picking them to jump to the top of the East, which could be setting up for a pretty brutal letdown. A lot is riding on Derrick Rose’s knee, I guess. Hopefully, all this is wrong and the Bulls battle to the death with the Cavs in the East, because that makes the whole league more fun. But for a team that makes $60 million per year in profit, and actually has good players, a good coach, a huge market, great fans … Bulls offseasons really shouldn’t be this depressing. Somehow they always are. GRADE: D, AND PRAYERS FOR DERRICK’S KNEE

some cautious optimism...

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"With LeBron settling in with new teammates and a new coach in Cleveland, Bosh and Wade picking up the pieces in Miami, and the Pacers recovering from a psyche-wrecking postseason (which somehow still ended in the Conference Finals), the Bulls could be as well prepared for a Finals run as they’ve ever been in the post-Jordan era. Adding Carmelo would have required seriously retooling their whole approach—adding Gasol simply makes them better."

Gasol and Mirotic

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Press conference on Friday

Forbes ranks Bulls as the 37th most valuable sports franchise

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Per article: The Bulls are one of the NBA's most profitable teams every year thanks to five straight years of league-leading attendance and payroll restraint.

Luol getting $9.71M + $10.15M

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Bulls was paying better...

Lance Stephenson to Charlotte

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Lance Stephenson (AKA Stairs)has signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, the final year of the contract is a team option.

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