Bulls officially sign 34-year-old Mohammed

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Bulls officially sign 34-year-old Mohammed

The Chicago Bulls officially ended the Omer Asik era on Tuesday, declining the Houston Rockets' offer sheet, and filled his replacement today, signing 14-year veteran center Nazr Mohammed. Terms of the contract were not announced, but Mohammed's deal is expected to be worth the veteran's minimum.
Mohammed played with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, appearing in 63 of 66 regular season games. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game, and appeared in eight Playoff games for the Western Conference champion Thunder.
Mohammed has made additional stops in Charlotte, Detroit, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the No. 29 pick in the 1998 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.
The 34-year-old center will likely back up center Joakim Noah, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered this post-season. Mohammed will take the place of Asik, who officially signed a three-year, 25.1 million deal with the Rockets on Wednesday.
The Bulls' inexpensive off-season now includes contracts with Mohammed, shooting guard Kirk Hinrich, forward Vladimir Radmanovic and shooting guard Marco Belinelli.

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

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Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch. 

Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win. 

So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best. 

To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games. 

"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season." 

After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks. 

Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups.