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Bulls’ Derrick Rose says he has no date set to return this season 02.13.13 at 10:07 am ET
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Bulls guard Derrick Rose said he's not close to being ready to return from his knee injury. (AP)

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said in an interview with USA Today posted Tuesday that he has no target date for his return to the court, and indicated he might miss the rest of the season.

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last season in the playoffs against the 76ers and has missed the entire 2012-13 season.

“I don’t have a set date,” Rose told USA Today. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”

Rose said that right now he’s “probably in the high 80s. Far, far away.”

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said there has never been a specific date when Rose was expected back in the game.

“To me, it’s why we’ve taken the approach that we have,” Thibodeau said. There’s no timetable. It’s when he’s ready. We’re not measuring it against someone else’s timetable. It’s just this is Derrick. When he’s ready, he will go.”

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Bulls, Raptors discuss swapping Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani 02.08.13 at 10:31 am ET
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Carlos Boozer

The Bulls and Raptors have discussed a trade that would send Carlos Boozer to Toronto in exchange for Andrea Bargnani, according to an ESPN report that credits sources familiar with the discussions.

There are a few logistical stumbling blocks. The Raptors might have to get into luxury tax territory to take on Boozer’s contract (he makes $15 million this year, $15.3 million next year and $16.8 million the following year).

Bargnani is making $10 million this year, which adds to his appeal over Boozer for Chicago. However, he also has two years left on his contract and has had a disappointing season to date.

The Bulls apparently are hoping Bargnani can help them out in the realm of 3-point shooting, while the Raptors, who were rumored to be trying to trade for the Lakers’ Paul Gasol before he was injured this week, could be aiming to upgrade their front line.

After Toronto traded for Rudy Gay last week, team president Bryan Colangelo said the Raptors would be ready to continue upgrading and take on the luxury tax for the “right transaction.”

Read More: Chicago Bulls, NBA, Rumor Mill, Toronto Raptors
Report: Heat interested in John Lucas III 07.09.12 at 11:21 am ET
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John Lucas III

After agreeing to terms with Ray Allen late last week, the Heat have three open roster spots remaining.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Miami is looking to fill one of those with Bulls free agent point guard John Lucas III.

Last season was the best of Lucas’ career, as he averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists in 49 games with the Bulls, including a 24-point performance against the Heat in March.

The 29-year-old might not return to the Bulls since the team reportedly has a deal in place with free agent Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich. He told the Chicago Sun Times there are eight teams interested in him.

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Rockets reportedly agree to deal with Bulls restricted free agent Omer Asik 07.02.12 at 10:21 am ET
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Omer Asik

While the Rockets reportedly are still keeping an iron in the Dwight Howard fire, Houston apparently is going ahead with a backup plan for its front court. After collecting draft picks to package in an offer for Howard fell through Thursday night, the Rockets have set their sites on Bulls restricted free agent center Omer Asik.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Houston has agreed to terms on a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet with the 7-foot Asik.

Free agents cannot sign with teams until July 11, and because Asik is a restricted free agent, the Bulls have three days to decide whether to match Houston’s offer or let the 25-year-old Turkish center go.

Asik, known as a defensive specialist, has averaged 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 13.2 minutes over two seasons with the Bulls.

The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson points out that the Bulls will be hard-pressed to re-sign Asik.

Writes Johnson: If the Bulls match on Asik, they will have $69.3 million committed to nine players. That’s only $1 million below the projected luxury tax line with three or four players still needed to be signed.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said last week that he also wants to re-sign unrestricted free agent Marcus Camby, who joined the team last March.

Prior to the draft, Houston traded Samuel Dalembert to Milwaukee for the 12th pick and three players. The Rockets took UConn guard Jeremy Lamb with that pick, along with Iowa State forward Royce White (No. 16) and Kentucky forward Terrence Jones (No. 18).

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Report: With Derrick Rose injured, Bulls to pursue Steve Nash, Jason Kidd 06.04.12 at 12:49 pm ET
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Free agent Suns guard Steve Nash might be a good fit in Chicago while Derrick Rose recovers from his torn ACL. (AP)

With Derrick Rose’s torn ACL expected to keep him out 8-12 months, the Bulls are in desperate need of a point guard if they hope to compete for the top spot again in 2012-13.

According to Aggrey Sam of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, a source tells him “the Bulls will take a run at future Hall of Famers Steve Nash and Jason Kidd in free agency.”

The pitch to both Nash and Kidd will be that Chicago gives both the best opportunity to win a championship, of which Kidd has one and Nash has none.

According to the same source, the rest of the team’s “core,” which includes Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Richard Hamiltion, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson, is “safe,” though team management is willing to listen to trade offers. Reserve big man Omer Asik is a restricted free agent this summer, though the report states the Bulls are likely to match any offers for him from opposing teams.

What this means for current backup point guard C.J. Watson is uncertain. After Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls’ playoff series,  Watson stepped in and averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 assists per game in the series. The Bulls have until July 10 to pick up his $3.2 million option for 2012-13, but the Bulls could use that money to go after Nash or Kidd.

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Dwight Howard open to joining Bulls 01.30.12 at 2:27 pm ET
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It's been a long year for Magic center Dwight Howard. (AP)

Over the past several months, speculation has run rampant over where Magic center Dwight Howard may ultimately land. According to Howard, one more team can be added to a seemingly ever-expanding list: the Bulls.

After his Magic lost 93-67 to the Hornets Friday, Howard told the Chicago Tribune that he would be open to teaming up with Bulls point guard and reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose in Chicago.

“If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen,” Howard said to the Tribune. “It has nothing to do with me not playing with Derrick Rose. I love him. That’s my brother.”

With the report, the Bulls now join a list of oft-mentioned potential Howard suitors, a group of teams that includes the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks, among others.

Howard, a five-time NBA All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, is now in his seventh season with the Magic, the team that drafted him with the first overall pick in 2004. Through 20 games, Howard is averaging 20.2 points and 15.5 rebounds per game.

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Joakim Noah will undergo thumb surgery, could miss up to 10 weeks 12.16.10 at 11:19 am ET
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Bulls center Joakim Noah will have surgery to repair a torn ulna collateral ligament in his right thumb, which he will undergo on Thursday, ESPN reports. Noah started in the Bulls lineup on Wednesday against the Raptors, but after surgery is expected to miss about 8-10 weeks.

Noah had 11 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday in a 110-93 Bulls victory, but according to Noah, the injury kept him from playing at a high level.

“It’s hurting and I’m playing and I’ve got to take anti-inflammatories every time I play,” Noah said after the game on Wednesday. “I can’t practice. I have to get right. I have to get right and get back to this team. I’m going to miss playing with the guys. It’s frustrating because I feel like we have a chance to be really, really good. And I’ve never been in a situation where we’re winning like this.”

The injury, according to ESPN, was suffered back on Nov. 27 in a win over the Kings, and was tweaked again on Dec. 4 in a game against the Rockets. Noah said on Wednesday that he believes he has three torn ligaments.

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Former Bulls guard Quintin Dailey dead at 49 11.10.10 at 8:41 am ET
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Quintin Dailey, a former University of San Francisco All-American and Bulls first-round draft pick, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Monday. According to a Clark County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman, Dailey died naturally of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He was 49.

At USF. Dailey became one of the best offensive players in Dons history, scoring 1,841 points in three years before the Bulls chose him with the seventh overall pick of the 1982 draft. Dailey spent four of his 10 NBA seasons with the Bulls, averaging 16.4 ppg in 272 career games. He then went on to play for the Clippers and SuperSonics.

Dailey’s NBA career, as well as his time at USF, was punctuated by off-court controversies. He was charged in February of 1982 with attempted assault with intent to rape a USF nursing student and received three years probation after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. The other charger were dropped. Dailey also reportedly twice violated the NBA’s drug policy for cocaine use, and admitted to being paid for work he didn’t do while a USF. These incidents helped persuade USF to shut down its once-storied basketball program in 1982. The program was resurrected again in 1986.

After retiring in 1992, Dailey settled in Las Vegas. He worked as a youth supervisor for at-risk kids with the Clark County Park and Recreations Department and officiated youth basketball games. Dailey is survived by his daughter, Quinci, and son Quintin Jr., a basketball player at Eastern Michigan.

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Bulls’ Carlos Boozer will miss eight weeks with broken hand 10.03.10 at 4:40 pm ET
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Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is expected to miss eight weeks after suffering a broken right hand on Saturday. ESPN reports that the right hand will require surgery after Boozer injured it during the Bulls’ day off.

Boozer was Chicago’s high-profile addition after failing to sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh; instead the trio joined forces in Miami during this summer’s heavily covered free agency period. Boozer, a veteran forward acquired from Utah, averaged 19.5 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game with Utah last year in his eighth NBA season.

Bulls teammates have praised Boozer in the first week of training camp but Chicago fans will have to wait until their offseason signing will be able to play alongside Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

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LEEInks list: Fans’ video pitches for LeBron 07.07.10 at 4:56 pm ET
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Rumors continue to swirl about LeBron James and where he will end up in free agency. While it seems like Cleveland, Chicago and New York are the favorites to be his landing spot, fans and celebrities around the nation have made efforts to lure LeBron to their town. Here are 10 such efforts.

1. The entire cast of “Hot in Cleveland,” including Betty White, wants LeBron to stay put.

2. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg woos LeBron through an informative commercial about the city and emphasizes that the Knicks need him.

3. Cleveland fans beg LeBron not to leave.

4. Cleveland fans perform a song that requests: “Please don’t leave, LeBron!”

5. Clippers fans plead desperately for LeBron to head to the West Coast.

6. From the site lebrontothemavs.com., here is a video trying to persuade LeBron to consider the Lone Star State.

7. “Please Stay, LBJ,” from FOX 8 in Cleveland.

8. From the website sendlebrontochicago.com, a promotional video shows why Chicago would be the best fit.

9. Radio personalities from Z-107.9 Hip Hop in Cleveland want LeBron to stick around.

10. A Rockets fan sings a song trying to get LeBron’s attention.

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