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Bobby Marks ESPN
Six weeks (October 1) until the qualifying offer (QO) for restricted free agents expire (unless extended). There are still five players that can sign the QO; Nerlens Noel ($4.2M), Mason Plumlee ($4.6M), Nikola Mirotic ($7.3M), Alex Len ($4.2M) and JaMychal Green ($2.8M). A player will see still be a RFA past October 1 but with no qualifying offer on the table. A player signing the QO would have veto power to any trade.
Our panel agrees with the notion that expectations for this upcoming season in Chicago couldn't be lower. Will the Bulls have the worst record in the NBA for the first time since 2001-02?
Kevin Durant matched LeBron James' rating from last season, but The King still clipped him by a point, as Dwyane Wade revealed by poking some fun at himself.
With incredible talent poised to enter the league in the 2018 NBA draft, the Bulls would be best served to lose as often as possible this season, and it looks like they're set up to do just that.
ESPN Stats and Information
February 9 on ESPN, Jimmy Butler makes his highly anticipated return to Chicago. On draft night, the Timberwolves acquired Butler from the Bulls, who is looking to get Minnesota back to the postseason for the first time since 2003-04. Their 13 straight seasons of missing the playoffs is the longest active drought in the league.
They'll open at Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 19 and host the Spurs two nights later. Jimmy Butler's return to the United Center with the Wolves will be Friday, Feb. 9.
Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer
One of the most jarring parts of the Bulls' 2017-18 schedule is that they are only scheduled to appear on national television once. Their Feb. 9th home game against Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and the Minnesota Timberwolves will be televised by ESPN. For a team like the Bulls that has lived on national television for most of the last decade, the reality that there isn't much interest in a rebuilding team hit home again on Monday with the schedule release.
After trading perennial All-Star Jimmy Butler, there are so many questions surrounding this young Bulls team that it's fair to wonder how bumpy this season could get in Chicago.
Add Thursday's #NBACereals Twitter thread to the list of surprises over the offseason.
The "GOAT" designation extends beyond the court, to the six-time NBA champion, five-time MVP and only current African-American majority owner in big-league American sports.
The bright side of the Jimmy Butler trade is that Chicago could be well-positioned for a top draft pick. Only one team ranks worse.
You can't do much worse than the Bulls, who shipped off their best player for a minimal return and then mostly sat out free agency.
How likely is a Banana Boat reunion in 2018? We take you step by step through the ways LeBron, Melo, CP3 and D-Wade could all come together.
Bulls sign Arcidiacono
The Bulls have signed former Villanova standout Ryan Arcidiacono, an undrafted free agent in 2016, to a two-way NBA contract. Arcidiacono appeared in five games for the Bulls' summer-league team, averaging 5.8 PPG and 2.8 APG. He was a four-year player at Villanova and the 2016 Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four.
Bulls announce 2017-18 preseason schedule
The Bulls will open the preseason on the road against the Pelicans on Oct. 3 and the Mavericks on Oct. 4. Chicago comes home to face the Bucks on Oct. 6 and the Pelicans again on Oct. 8. The preseason wraps up on the road vs. the Cavaliers on Oct. 10 and at home vs. the Raptors on Oct. 13.
The Bulls could follow the model of the 2011 Miami Heat by building a superteam through free agency. Chicago is going to have a projected $52 million in cap space, not to mention the draw of a big market and potentially enticing young players.
Before LeBron James' NBA Finals streak, Derrick Rose embraced an Eastern Conference rivalry. But now, several years later, Rose and James factor into each other's path toward success.
Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer
Free agent guard Isaiah Canaan will participate in a group workout for the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN.
Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
In addition to the Knicks, Spurs, Heat and Timberwolves, Kyrie Irving also considered the Chicago Bulls as a potential trade destination before the club traded Jimmy Butler, per Cavs sources.