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Five Things to Watch: Bulls continue playoff push against Knicks tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls continue playoff push against Knicks tonight on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the New York Knicks tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. The playoff push continues...and looks good. Incredibly, the Bulls are still sitting as the No. 7 seed in the East. Seeing as they hold tiebreakers between the Pacers and Heat, it's a pretty good bet that the Bulls will be playing in the postseason. But a win here would probably solidify things with just five games to go.

2. Jimmy Butler can't be stopped. He won't be in the MVP discussion, but Jimmy Butler has certainly played like one of late. In his last seven games Butler has averaged 29.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.7 rebounds. He's shooting 55 percent on more than 18 FGA per game. That's absurd, and now he's facing a Knicks defense that should only increase those averages.

3. Kristaps Porzingis is must-watch. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are out for the year, Carmelo Anthony is complaining and the rest of the Knicks aren't exciting. But any time Kristaps Porzingis takes the floor is a good chance to watch a future star in the league. The Unicorn is averaging 18.1 points on 45 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds and is hitting 36 percent of his triples. He's the real deal.

4. Mirotic or Portis? Fred Hoiberg will have to hammer down a playoff rotation sooner than later, and whether Nikola Mirotic or Bobby Portis get the majority of the power-forward minutes is a question worth considering. Portis played well against the Pelicans while Mirotic struggled again after a superb March. One of these two need to grab the job this late in the season.

5. Rondo rolling. The Rajon Rondo resurgence continues. After a splendid March, Rondo has filled up the box score in April, too. He neared a triple-double against the Pellies, going for 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in 35 solid minutes. He should be able to mirror those stats against a Knicks team without a true point guard.

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Bank shot: You won't believe how much more money Derrick Rose's former teammates are making compared to him

Bank shot: You won't believe how much more money Derrick Rose's former teammates are making compared to him

At one time, Derrick Rose was cruising towards becoming one of the NBA's highest-paid players.

Not any longer. 

The point guard agreed to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $2.1 million deal - otherwise known as the veterans minimum - on Tuesday. That's quite a fall from grace for the 2011 MVP. 

To be fair, the 28-year-old could have pocketed more if he signed with a number of other teams, but he prioritzed winning this offseason. 

Either way, for a guy coming off his best offensive season (18 points per game on 47 percent shooting) since 2012, the low salary is somewhat of a surprise. 

To contextualize the deal, here's a look at former Bulls teammates who will bring home more bacon next season: 

Player | 2017-2018 salary | 2016-2017 points per game | 2016-2017 rebounds per game | 2016-2017 assists per game 

Jimmy Butler | $19.3 million | 23.9 points | 6.2 rebounds | 5.5 assists

Joakim Noah | $17.8 million | 5.0 points | 8.8 rebounds | 2.2 assists

Luol Deng | $17.1 million | 7.6 points | 5.3 rebounds | 1.3 assists

Pau Gasol | $16 million | 12.4 points | 7.8 rebounds | 2.3 assists

Taj Gibson | $14 million | 10.8 points | 6.2 rebounds | 0.9 assists

Omer Asik | $10.6 million | 2.7 points | 5.3 rebounds | 0.5 assists

Tom Thibodeau | $10 million | 24.2 "ice" yells per game

Tony Snell | $9.9 million | 8.5 points | 3.1 rebounds | 1.2 assists

E'Twaun Moore | $8.4 million | 9.6 points | 2.1 rebounds | 2.2 assists

Cristiano Felicio | $7.8 million | 4.8 points | 4.7 rebounds | 0.6 assists

D.J. Augustin | $7.2 million | 7.9 points | 1.5 rebounds | 2.7 asssists

Kyle Korver | $7.8 million |10.1 points | 2.8 rebounds | 1.6 assists

Marco Belinelli | $6.6 million | 10.5 points | 2.4 rebounds | 2.0 assists

Justin Holiday | $4.6 million | 7.7 points | 2.7 rebounds | 1.2 assists

Doug McDermott | $3.3 million | 9.0 points | 2.7 rebounds | 0.9 assists

* We're not sure the exact salary of Brian Scalabrine, but the Big 3 may be paying him more than $2.1 million. * 

 

 

Derrick Rose to sign with Cavaliers

Derrick Rose to sign with Cavaliers

Derrick Rose is headed to Cleveland. 

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the former Bulls point guard committed to sign with the Cavaliers on Monday, joining a team on the heels of three straight NBA Finals appearances. 

Although the numbers haven't been made official, the contract will likely be a one-year deal worth about $2.1 million. It's a low-risk move for the Cavs, who are signing a point guard with quite a history of injuries. 

Rose, 28, had a bit of a resurgence on the offensive end last year. He posted 18 points per game, which was his highest average since 2011-2012, and he shot 47 percent from the field. While his defense continues to be lackluster, the 2011 MVP gives the Cavs' second unit a scoring boost. 

The signing also raises more Kyrie Irving questions. Irving requested a trade late last week, indicating Rose may be pushed into a more prominent role. 

Rose battled LeBron James in several playoffs. Now, the Chicago kid will try to win alongside The King.