Bulls reportedly sign Daequan Cook

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Bulls reportedly sign Daequan Cook

MIAMI According to an ESPN report, the Bulls have claimed shooting guard Daequan Cook off waivers. Cook, a three-point specialist, was waived by Houston after being acquired in the Rockets trade with Oklahoma City for James Harden in October.

Cooks agent, Mike Conley, Sr. the former track star and father of the Grizzlies point guard of the same name confirmed the signing. A six-year NBA veteran, Cooks best season was with the Heat, in 2008-09, when he averaged 9.1 points per game.

He played sparingly in Houston, his third professional team, and was waived by the Rockets on New Years Eve, according to reports. The Ohio State product is already familiar with some of his new teammates, having played with both Nazr Mohammed and Nate Robinson on the Thunder.

Shooter. Nate Robinson told CSNChicago.com before Fridays Bulls game in Miami. Thats what he does. Hes knockdown shooter. He can bring that fire and thats something that obviously theyre looking for, somebody that can put the ball in the basket, spread the defense, stuff like that. He plays hard and hes a competitor.

Mohammed concurred: Unbelievable shooting ability. Daequan, hes a great guy, shoots the leather off the ball. Hes a hard worker -- its a great program in OKC -- so it can definitely helps us.

Hes always been a good rebounder for his position. He battles, he can get off the bench and get you six, seven boards, the backup center continued. Were a defensive team, so hell be all right.

Predictably, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau didnt want to discuss the acquisition before the contest, saying, When it happens, Ill have thoughts.

Cook, who will be the 14th player on the Bulls roster, will receive the pro-rated veterans minimum for the remainder of the season, which wont put the team past the hard cap. To some observers, acquiring another shooting guard signals that the Bulls are committed to trading starter Rip Hamilton before next months league-wide trade deadline, a move that would bring the team under the luxury tax, something they historically havent paid.

For Andrew Ladd, chance to play for a contender trumps money

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For Andrew Ladd, chance to play for a contender trumps money

Andrew Ladd’s second stint in Chicago was, in some ways, like his first one.

He had good teammates and enjoyed being around them again. He had nothing but good things to say about the organization that welcomed him here for the second time in his career.

The only difference was the abrupt postseason ending.

“It’s disappointing, for sure,” Ladd said during Wednesday’s wrap-up interviews. “You bring your family here and move your whole life. You want to make a run for it, make it worthwhile. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.”

Ladd’s stay with the Blackhawks is likely to be a brief one. They traded for the veteran, who was part of their 2010 Stanley Cup team, figuring he could be a key piece for another run. It wasn’t to be. Ladd had a quiet postseason, recording just two points in the Blackhawks’ seven-game series against the St. Louis Blues.

“It was a tight series, could’ve gone either way and that’s life,” he said. “You move on. Just happy to have the opportunity to come back and be a part of this group again.”

Ladd has reached that point in his career where he can look at the big picture. He’s won two Cups, one with the Blackhawks and the other with the Carolina Hurricanes. His family grew by another member earlier this month; Ladd brought his his son Walker Gordon, born April 14, home on Tuesday.

“It was a good day after what happened in St. Louis,” Ladd said. “It kind of put things in perspective when you can come home and take your mind off everything else.”

As for Ladd’s continuing hockey career, he said it’s not about getting the lucrative contract anymore as much as it’s about playing for a winner.

“I think I’m at the point in my career where I can make decisions based on being in a good situation. At the end of the day it’s not all about money for me. It’s about being in a good place for my family and being on a team that’s going to contend every year,” Ladd said. “You’d be crazy not to want to be a part of this group and this organization. We’ll see what happens.”

Chances are the Blackhawks and Ladd will not be together in the near future. The Blackhawks are once again facing a salary-cap crunch and, if there is a high-priority signee for them, it’s Andrew Shaw. Even that possibility is a tough one.

Still, Ladd’s not ruling anything out. Ladd’s latest playoff run with the Blackhawks was much shorter than he or they would have liked. But the Blackhawks have the pieces to contend again, and Ladd wouldn’t mind being a part of it.

“Every guy’s at a different point in his career in terms of what he wants to accomplish, whether he has a family or he’s getting on later in his career and wants to be part of a contender,” Ladd said. “There are a lot of things that go into that. You evaluate that individually and try to make the best decision possible for yourself and for your family. At the end of the day, you try to do whatever’s possible to be a part of a group and an organization like this.”

Rodon, White Sox battle Orioles on tonight on CSN

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Rodon, White Sox battle Orioles on tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles tonight, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon vs. Mike Wright

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Jon Lester takes mound as Cubs face Braves today on CSN

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Jon Lester takes mound as Cubs face Braves today on CSN

The Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves today, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jon Lester vs. Aaron Blair

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