Derrick Rose will be getting his first test since his second recovery from major knee surgery on Monday in Las Vegas at the USA Basketball training camp ahead of the inaugural FIBA World Cup in Madrid.
Jimmy Butler will be unable to participate on the USA basketball select team after suffering a minor groin injury. Practice begins Monday in Las Vegas.
Derrick Rose knows his detractors are still out there doubting he can return to his MVP form. But as he noted Sunday at his new shoe unveiling, he can't wait to prove them all wrong.
3wIn the latest SportsNet Central Update, the Bulls continue to wait for free agent Carmelo Anthony, who met with two more teams on Thursday. Plus, the Blackhawks continue to wait for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
3wWhile Carmelo Anthony ponders his options this weekend, the Bulls were reportedly in Los Angeles to try and recruit another free agent: big man Pau Gasol. Gasol averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season.
3wAfter it was reported that the Lakers offered Carmelo Anthony a four-year max contract, the Knicks reportedly also offered a max deal, though one much more lucrative for Anthony. It could be a hindrance to the Bulls' pursuit of the free-agent star.
3wWhat if the Bulls miss out on this summer's big free-agent prize and Carmelo Anthony picks a different team? Here's a by-the-numbers look at how they can add a mid-tier free agent without hurting their cap space too much.
3wAccording to an ESPN report on Thursday night, the Lakers offered Anthony as big a deal as they could: a four-year max contract worth $95 million. Though the Knicks can offer Anthony the most money, this move could hurt the Bulls' chances of landing Melo.
3wCould the man who led the Bulls to six NBA championships be the one who derails their plan to start a new championship chapter? Phil Jackson is now running the Knicks, and he could thwart the Bulls' attempt to land Carmelo Anthony.
3wWith Carmelo Anthony expected to make a decision before the end of the July 4th holiday weekend, the Bulls' strategy will be crucial as his free-agency tour winds down.
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