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Deng a game-time decision tonight

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Deng a game-time decision tonight

BOSTONBulls leading scorer Luol Deng is a game-time decision for Friday nights contest against the Celtics, due to a pulled hamstring.
Deng, the NBAs leader in minutes per game, suffered the injury in the first quarter of Wednesday evenings overtime win in Toronto, but returned to the game after exiting briefly.
Its okay. Its a little tight. I didnt do anything at all Thursday, an off day for the Bulls, just icing and stretching as much as I can. I should be fine by tonight. I still havent ran or anything on it. Im probably going to do that later, before the game, Deng, who asked reporters if there was ice under the Air Canada Centre floor -- with the NHL lockout ending, hockey's Toronto Maple Leafs are back in business and held an open practice Thursday morning -- said before the teams morning shootaround at TD BankNorth Garden. I think Im going to play.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Dengs status was day-to-day and was unsure if the starting small forward would participate in shootaround.
Well see how hes doing. Treatment Thursday, said Thibodeau, who turned 55 years old Thursday. A little better yesterday, but well see. Game-time decision.

How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

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How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.

Well, sort of.

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.

Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.

Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.

As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.

The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.

After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.

The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls the worst team in NBA?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls the worst team in NBA?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Shepkowski (670 The Score) and Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times) join Kap on the panel. Jake Arrieta will return to the rotation to face the Brewers. Can he recapture his pre-injury form? Mike Glennon gets another start Sunday but should he get the hook if he struggles again?

Plus, the guys discuss the one metric that says the Bulls are the worst team in the NBA.