How do bulls evaluate their list in the last days before the trading deadline?

CHICAGO – Perhaps the most exciting moment came from the Bulls’ 128-104 victory over the San Antonio Spurs before the game. Instead of attracting the attention of the players, it was the coaches of the two teams. Just three days before the trade deadline, Bulls coach Billy Donovan shed light on how Chicago assessed his roster. Moments later, relaxed Spurs manager Gregg Popovich playfully engaged the media before turning philosophical about the state of the game. The product in the ballpark wasn’t too bad either. The Bulls extended their winning…

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Zach LaVine out duels Damian Lillard, lifts Bulls off Blazers

CHICAGO – Zach LaVine knew the Bulls would have a hard time defending Damian Lillard. “You can only do so much with a player who’s averaged 40 (points) over the last six games,” LaVine said of the Portland Trail Blazers star. The task was made significantly more difficult after Bulls coach Billy Donovan announced before the game that guard Alex Caruso would be unavailable due to a sprained left foot. “There’s no question he’s hurting our defense when he’s not there,” Donovan said. “With Alex out, our backcourt will have…

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The Bulls are hoping to come back from France better than they left as the trade deadline approaches

Before the team’s charter left Chicago, the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 126-108 126-108 Thursday in Paris, center Nikola Vucevic began imagining the possibilities. Not even a dominant home win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors in their previous outing can negate what has been a bumpy season for the Bulls. But an almost week-long trip to France? Well, that would certainly break the monotony and perhaps serve as the catalyst that frees Chicago from inconsistency. “Winning matters everything,” Vucevic said after Sunday’s win over the Warriors. “The…

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Aldridge: Is there a Summer of 2023 deal for LeBron James that makes sense? The art of the possible

The following is a thought exercise. Not only is it academic, but also it is, for this NBA season anyway, legally impossible. The 2022-23 trade deadline is Feb. 9. LeBron James signed his two-year, $97 million extension with the Lakers in mid-August of last year. Under the NBA’s rules, he can’t be traded until at least six months after he signed. That date would be Feb. 14, 2023 – five days after this year’s trade deadline. So he’s not going anywhere this season. But James has made clear his issues…

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Did Billy Donovan hit his roof with coaching the bullpen as it is currently built?

CHICAGO – Remember when you could get the Bulls to a win over Oklahoma City? Remember when Billy Donovan left The Thunder for Chicago in part because he couldn’t be bothered coaching the rebuilding franchise? How did we get here? To this twisted, sad fact that felt like the “Twilight Zone” inside the United Center on a Friday night? The same Thunder franchise that apparently wasn’t good enough for Donovan three seasons ago, the same Thunder that came this season hoping more for lottery luck than gutsy wins, is suddenly…

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The Bulls let the winnable game slip away in Washington – after another late call

WASHINGTON – The Bulls’ second half of the season started out no different than the first. A winnable road game in Washington has turned into another loss that Chicago will look back on in a few months, wondering what it might have been. But there was no mistaking what happened Wednesday in the Bulls’ 100-97 defeat. Against a short-handed Wizards team without superstars Bradley Bell and Kristaps Porzingis, the Bulls allowed Washington to hang around and build up the right momentum and confidence to steal the game. The Wizards did…

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Zach LaVine’s strong hand, the Bulls’ dominant second-half win over the Sixers

Anyone could pull the points from the box and cross out the Bulls’ 126-112 win in Philadelphia upon realizing that Sixers star center Joel Embiid didn’t play. Embiid is undefeated against the Bulls, so winning by 14 points instead of him would certainly have garnered a different kind of attention. But any dismissal of Chicago’s rare road victory against the 76ers — the Bulls’ first since 2017 — would ignore one of the team’s best performances this season. The Bulls staged a 31-point turnaround, taking an 18-point lead and never…

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Donovan Mitchell scored 71 points, becoming just the sixth player to score more than 70 in a single game

CLEVELAND — Not only did Donovan Mitchell jump on LeBron James in a corner in one of Cavaliers’ traditions Monday night, he enjoyed one of the best regular season games in NBA history. Mitchell, 26, stunned the Chicago Bulls with 71 points in a 145-134 win in overtime, becoming just the sixth player to score more than 70 points in a single game. Not only did Mitchell pass LeBron and Kyrie Irving as the Cavs’ highest single-game scorers, comfortably setting his personal best, but he set the NBA season-high mark…

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DeMar DeRozan leads the defiant Bulls to an overtime victory over the rival Bucks

Chicago – DeMar DeRozan timed his move perfectly. As soon as a pass came his way, he pounced. In the biggest moment of the night, when the Bulls were desperate for a play, the fourth quarter champ was ready again. But this time DeRozan did it on defense. With the Bulls trailing by 2 with 11.1 seconds left in regulation, DeRozan intercepted an inside pass that Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo was intended for Grayson Allen. DeRozan saved the ball from going out of bounds by flicking it to Ayo Dosunmu,…

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Hollinger’s Showcase notebook: Suns’ $4 billion sale renews NBA expansion buzz

LAS VEGAS — Usually the G League Winter Showcase marks a beginning point for a big chunk of the NBA’s trade conversations. Even in our networked/texting/Zooming world, face time matters. Nearly every exec in the league spends at least a day here hobnobbing. Front office members and staffers see each other at the two courts where the event is held, and perhaps at the bar at the end of a long day, too, since virtually everyone is in the same hotel. Relaxed without the prying eyes of fans around, they…

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