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Movie on Dennis Rodman’s Las Vegas Trip in the Works

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Salvador NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is getting the Hollywood treatment and one of his most famous story lines will be made into a movie. In the 2020 docuseries The Last Dance, which revolves around the 1990s Bulls, Rodman......

Sources: Bulls sign-and-trade Markkanen to Cavs

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Chicago Bulls restricted free-agent forward Lauri Markkanen on a four-year, $67 million contract as part of a three-team, sign-and-trade agreement, sources told ESPN on Friday. The Cavaliers are sending forward Larry Nance Jr. to the Portland Trail Blazers and a 2023 second-round draft pick via......

NBA Offseason Report Cards: Grading Every Team in the East

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Coming off an 18-month stretch that included postseason play inside a single-site bubble, extended isolation from friends and family, an abundance of injuries that were (somewhat) brought on by an atypically tight regular-season schedule and shortened offseason, dozens of players either contracting COVID-19 themselves or being held out of games......

NBA Power Rankings: Who are the league’s best teams now?

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How has the NBA’s landscape changed after the draft and free agency? The biggest shocker came on draft night, when the Los Angeles Lakers sprung a deal with the Washington Wizards to land former MVP Russell Westbrook. The move created the league’s newest superstar Big Three of Westbrook, LeBron James......

Can the Bulls Contend for Home Court Advantage in the East?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Chris Herring If you sit long enough, squint some, and start letting your mind wander to the places it hasn’t been able to for years, the Bulls appear to have the makings of a dangerous team, broadly speaking. Perhaps that......

Report: NBA Investigating Ball, Lowry Sign-and-Trade Deals

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Sources: NBA to investigate Lonzo, Lowry deals

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2:52 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close Senior NBA Insider Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Ramona Shelburne Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News The NBA has opened up investigations into possible tampering violations involving two sign-and-trade......

How DeMar DeRozan Became the NBA’s Overlooked Star

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Source: Bulls, DeRozan finalizing sign-and-trade

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4:11 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal to acquire San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday. DeRozan will sign a three-year, $85 million contract with the Bulls when the NBA’s free-agency moratorium is lifted Friday, according to......

Grading Chicago’s Sign-and-Trade for DeMar DeRozan

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Rohan Nadkarni DeMar DeRozan is trading the River Walk for Lake Michigan. The four-time All-Star agreed to a three-year, $85 million deal with the Bulls on Tuesday. DeRozan is headed to Chicago as part of a sign-and-trade in which the......

Grading Lonzo Ball’s $85M Deal With the Bulls

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Lonzo Ball entered free agency as the most desirable restricted free agent who could presumably be had. The Chicago Bulls wasted no time acquiring him via a sign-and-trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and a second-round pick. Ball’s new contract will pay him $85 million......

Bulls land Lonzo with 4-year, $85 million deal

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6:10 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN The Chicago Bulls and point guard Lonzo Ball are landing on a four-year, $85 million deal as part of a sign-and-trade agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans, Ball’s agent Rich Paul told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday. For the Bulls, Ball slots in at a......

Lonzo Ball Agrees to Four-Year, $85M Deal With Bulls

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Lonzo Ball is heading to Chicago on a four-year deal worth $85 million, Rich Paul, the CEO of Klutch Sports, told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Ball was signed as a free agent.  Ball, 23, played the last two seasons in New Orleans and averaged career highs in points per game (14.6),......

NBA Power Rankings, way-too-early edition: Where the Bucks, Suns and every team stand right now

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The Milwaukee Bucks are the 2021 NBA champions after rallying from a 2-0 series deficit against the Phoenix Suns. Now what? We’re not wasting any time spinning forward to next season, where a host of current contenders and potential superteams will aim to unseat Giannis Antetokounmpo & Co. in 2022.......

Bulls’ LaVine cleared to join Team USA in Tokyo

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Team USA guard Zach LaVine has cleared health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced Tuesday night. He will join the rest of the U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon. The Olympics begin Friday, with the U.S. set for its first pool-play game Sunday against France. The Bulls star......

LaVine enters protocol, not on flight to Tokyo

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LAS VEGAS — Team USA guard Zach LaVine was put into health and safety protocols on Monday and didn’t travel with the rest of the team on its flight to Tokyo for the Olympics. USA Basketball said in a statement that it hoped LaVine would be able to join the......

‘They followed Phil, not you,’ Kevin Durant claps back at Scottie Pippen

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7:30 PM ET Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. If you’re going to come for Kevin Durant, you better be ready......

Team USA roster set; Harden pulls out with injury

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USA Basketball finalized its star-laden roster for the Tokyo Olympics Wednesday, getting pledges from Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant, while Brooklyn Nets star James Harden had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told ESPN. The team will......

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