2:09 AM EDT, Thu July 19, 2018
9 hours ago
Jabari Parker loves the Bulls, buckets and Derrick Rose, but maybe not the biggest fan of defense

Jabari Parker loves the Bulls, buckets and Derrick Rose, but maybe not the biggest fan of defense

#JabariParkerSaysStuff? The Bulls introduced Jabari Parker on Wednesday morning at the Advocate Center. John Paxson, Gar Forman and Fred Hoiberg naturally all expressed excitement about adding another talented young player to the core, with Paxson noting that the Bulls were interested in Parker “from Day 1.” Parker emphasized that it’s a dream come true to play for his hometown Bulls, and he said once they showed interest in him he knew where he wanted to be. He admitted there was interest from other teams, but the Bulls were always his No. 1 choice, excited to join the Bulls’...
11 hours ago
Wendell Carter’s Summer League performance can project a stellar rookie season

Wendell Carter’s Summer League performance can project a stellar rookie season

Likely After NBA Summer League, many are ready to place a Wendell Carter Jr. statue next to Jordan’s. Premature? Duh. But was his flaming hot NBA Las Vegas Summer League performance indicative of big things to come when the games start to matter in the fall? For ESPN insider (subscription required), Kevin Pelton got super nerdy to try to find out the answer to this question. Here’s how he did it: Thanks to RealGM.com’s database, I’ve collected summer league stats on all players dating back to 2004. I also have player projections from my SCHOENE projection system since the 2009-10...
15 hours ago
Here’s a smart justification of the Jabari Parker deal

Here’s a smart justification of the Jabari Parker deal

Mark Deeks explains the logic behind the signing There are legitimate questions about the Bulls’ decision to give Jabari Parker a two-year, $40 million deal (second-year team option) to be their starting small forward for the 2018-19 season. NBA analyst, long-time Bulls observer, and cap guru Mark Deeks outlines those questions in his lengthy piece (over 3500 words) about the deal at GiveMeSport, but he also explains the logic in a rebuilding team like the Bulls taking a chance on a talented young player on this type of deal. One of the ways Deeks frames his justification of the deal is...
Jul 17, 2018
Jay and Mark talk Jabari Parker to the Bulls

Jay and Mark talk Jabari Parker to the Bulls

There are questions, but also some optimism! After the initial news broke of Jabari Parker heading home to the Bulls, I joined Mark over at BullsHQ to discuss our feelings about the signing and what it means for the team’s future. While we both have our questions about the fit, there’s also room for optimism. Plus, we toss in some Wendell Carter Jr. love at the end! Disclaimer: This was recorded prior to the exact details of Parker’s contract coming out.
Jul 17, 2018
4 takeaways from the Bulls 2018 Summer League campaign

4 takeaways from the Bulls 2018 Summer League campaign

some things we learned from the 2018 SummerBulls Another Chicago Bulls Summer League campaign has come and gone. They did not win the title like the famed ‘16 squad. Entering the playoff round as the 24th seed, the SummerBulls had an upset 1st round win against the SummerMavs but then were eliminated after a 72-66 defeat to the SummerPistons. This year’s summer league was a better campaign than the one Chicago had last year, mostly cause of the play of the rookies. Both Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison had bright moments throughout summer league with the former being one of...
Jul 16, 2018
How the internet grades the Bulls signing Jabari Parker

How the internet grades the Bulls signing Jabari Parker

average marks, but C’s get degrees From our standpoint, Mark Karantzoulis gave the Bulls an uninspiring C- for signing Jabari Parker over the weekend. If you have an appetite for more content, grading the Parker signing was a popular subject for writers over the weekend. Here’s a roundup of the best ones. Sports Illustrated Ben Golliver Golliver calls out the Bulls for being predictable and grades the acquisition as an uninspiring ‘C.’ Indeed, signing Parker to a two-year, $40 million contract with a team option on Saturday might qualify as peak Bulls. The 23-year-old forward...
Jul 15, 2018
There’s potential reward, but don’t believe the Bulls aren’t taking a risk with Jabari Parker

There’s potential reward, but don’t believe the Bulls aren’t taking a risk with Jabari Parker

we knew a move was coming. I just didn’t expect it to be this one In hindsight, it should’ve been obvious. Still without a home for next season, free agent forward Jabari Parker was always likely to receive a call from his hometown team. From first reports to the official signing, one day is all it took for Parker to return home, signing a two-year, $40 million deal, making the former No. 2 overall pick a Bull for at least next season — year two of the deal comes with a team option. Only a week removed from matching a four-year, $78 million deal offer sheet put to Zach LaVine, the...
Jul 14, 2018
Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons Summer League open thread

Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons Summer League open thread

Summer League championship or bust Enjoy NBA Summer League while you still can. Soon it’ll be over, and all the basketball stans on Twitter will complain about two months of no basketball. The Bulls are guaranteed at least one more game of basketball, and that is cause to celebrate. That game goes down at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday on NBA TV against the Detroit Pistons. I’ll be working at a golf course and probably will listen to the Cubs on the radio, meaning I’ll rely on the Twitterverse to tell me how well Wendell Carter Jr. is playing. I’m just going to assume he’ll rock it like...
Jul 14, 2018
Bulls officially sign Jabari Parker to short-term balloon contract

Bulls officially sign Jabari Parker to short-term balloon contract

2 years, $40m, with 2nd year as a team option It’s official, the Bulls are signing Jabari Parker: The former Simeon High star verbally agreed to sign a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls after the Bucks worked to rescind their qualifying offer past last night’s deadline. This gesture made Parker an unrestricted free agent and allowed the Bulls to negotiate with him without signing him to an offer sheet. The second year of Parker’s deal isn’t fully guaranteed, sources said. Essentially, it’s a team option, which gives the Bulls and Parker a season to prove he’s healthy...
Jul 13, 2018
Bulls preparing offer to bring Jabari Parker home

Bulls preparing offer to bring Jabari Parker home

years, money, still TBD Since the Bulls made some roster moves late Thursday, there were rumblings that a ‘big move’ was coming. A lot of that was speculation over that Bulls taking on Carmelo Anthony’s contract, getting something from the Thunder in saving their luxury tax bill. But there was also the possibility (though less sensible in the context of David Nwaba’s qualifying offer) that they were preparing an offer sheet to one of the remaining restricted free agents. And it looks like that target is Chicago’s own Jabari Parker. There were rumors throughout the day from people...
Jul 13, 2018
Is a bigger move coming after Bulls rescind David Nwaba’s qualifying offer?

Is a bigger move coming after Bulls rescind David Nwaba’s qualifying offer?

Gained under 2 million in cap space to allow Nwaba to become unrestricted free agent With contract negotiations between the Bulls and David Nwaba reportedly at a standstill, Friday marked the deadline to pull his $1.7 million qualifying offer. The Bulls opted to do that Thursday night, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania and other media reports. It’s a curious move given that cap hold is tiny, but in conjunction with dumping Jerian Grant and waiving Sean Kilpatrick, the assumption is this is all to free up as much immediate cap space possible for...something. K.C. Johnson reports...
Jul 12, 2018
Bulls waive Sean Kilpatrick, confirming that whole thing was pointless

Bulls waive Sean Kilpatrick, confirming that whole thing was pointless

roster update! Extremely minor piece of transnational news, as the Bulls waived Sean Kilpatrick. I’ll just copy some particulars from HoopsRumors He was at his best in Chicago, posting 15.4 PPG on .439/.396/.813 shooting in nine games with the Bulls, but it seems that wasn’t enough to earn him a roster spot for 2018/19. Kilpatrick’s $2MM+ salary for 2018/19 was non-guaranteed, so Chicago won’t be on the hook for any of it. However, the Bulls – who were under the salary floor for 2017/18 when they signed him – paid the well-traveled guard a generous $2.16MM salary for nine games...
Jul 12, 2018
Wendell Carter Jr. drawing rave reviews for Summer League play

Wendell Carter Jr. drawing rave reviews for Summer League play

Carter has been one of the most impressive rookies in Las Vegas Wendell Carter Jr. was the last of the five big men selected in the lottery of the 2018 NBA Draft, and some Bulls fans were concerned that his choice was too safe and lacking in upside for a team that could use high-upside talent. It’s only Summer League, but Carter has taken Las Vegas by storm and has arguably been the best of those five bigs so far this summer. Through four games, he’s averaging 16.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while shooting a scorching 63 percent from the field. He has shown versatility and...
Jul 11, 2018
Bulls vs. Mavericks Summer League open thread

Bulls vs. Mavericks Summer League open thread

It’s tournament time! The Bulls went 1-2 during the preliminary round at this year’s Las Vegas Summer League, but at least Wendell Carter Jr. has looked awesome. Wednesday, Carter and Co. take on the Mavericks as tournament play begins. The Mavericks will not have Luka Doncic or Dennis Smith Jr. available, though that just means more of Chicago-area kid and Villanova stud Jalen Brunson. The game is at 5:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on NBA TV. Comment!
Jul 11, 2018
Wendell Carter Jr. continues to be a beast in summer league

Wendell Carter Jr. continues to be a beast in summer league

what more can we say? Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. couldn’t give a care about his 23 point (9-for-13 from the field), six rebound, two assist, two-block performance on Tuesday night because his team lost the Summer League’s final ‘regular season’ game. His plus-minus of -13 was a heck of a lot more important to the Duke product. But we can commend it anyway. From accepting a secondary role to Marvin Bagley III during his one season at Duke to gushing over how excited he was to set screens in the NBA during pre-draft workouts to this latest display of selflessness, Carter...