Monday, Nov. 22, 2010
By Aggrey Sam
Coming off a contest in which he broke out of a two-game slump in the Bulls win Friday over Dallas with a 17-point, 18-rebound effort, power forward Taj Gibson missed the teams practices in Los Angeles Sunday and Monday with a foot injury.
I stressed some kind of a ligament in my foot during the drills at Sundays Bulls practice. They said I aggravated it. They wanted me to sit out. Were going to go see the doctor today, said Gibson before the teams practice at UCLA Monday. Gibson injured his foot during defensive slides. I didnt turn my ankle or anything. It was just the side of my foorthe nerve on the side of my footthey said it got tingled.
Im just hoping its not more serious than what it is. Bulls team trainer Fred Tedeschi wanted me to sit out today, he continued. They dont know about Tuesdays game. Were going to see the doctor right after this practice.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was disappointed that Gibson was injured, but sees a silver lining in the fact that the team has some off days before facing the Lakers Tuesday.
Hes been nicked up, but he said he was feeling a little bit better than yesterday. Its day-to-day, said Thibodeau, who said the extent of Gibsons participation in Sundays practice was warming up before he was injured. The good thing is we have a couple days without having to play, so I think the rest will help.
Im unsure right now about how he would replace Gibson, added Thibodeau. That would be a game-time decision.
Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.coms Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.
Dwyane Wade's Bulls career is set to end just over a year after it began.
According to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson, the Bulls and Wade have reached an agreement on a buyout.
CSN Chicago's Vincent Goodwill confirmed the report.
Wade signed a two-year, $47.5 million deal with the Bulls last July and averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in 60 games with the Bulls. This summer, Wade exercised his player option for the second year of the contract, worth $23.8 million.
Wade picked up his option just two days before the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler on draft night and went into rebuild mode. According to Goodwill, Dwyane Wade is giving back $8.5 million.
The Bulls will go into next year without any of the 'Three Alphas' the team had last year Wade, Butler and Rajon Rondo.
The news comes a day before Bulls Media Day, which will be live on CSN at 2:30 p.m., and on the same day the team agreed to a two-year deal with Nikolia Mirotic.
Wojnarowski also reported Cleveland, San Antonio, Miami and Oklahoma City are the contenders to sign Wade.
The Bulls and Nikola Mirotic ended their summerlong impasse by agreeing to a two-year, $27 million deal on the eve of training camp, sources tell CSNChicago.com.
Mirotic was a restricted free agent and was at risk of not being at Media Day Monday had he and the Bulls not come to an agreement, but the sides came away with a deal both will probably say is advantageous. Mirotic has a no-trade clause in the first year of the deal and the second season is a team option according to sources, preserving the big cap space the Bulls have when Dwyane Wade's $23.8 million contract comes off the books.
Mirotic and his representatives were looking for an offer sheet in the $16-17 million range when free agency first began, hoping the Bulls would match on what was expected to be a boom market.
But the boom went bust very quickly and free agent money dried up, leaving Mirotic with a $7.2 million qualifying offer the Bulls seemingly weren't budging from. But the Bulls reversed course, apparently relenting on the qualifying offer to sweeten the deal, which also helps the Bulls get to the salary floor for the coming season.
Mirotic's tenure with the Bulls has been tantalizingly frustrating after a promising finish to his rookie season in 2014-15. Unable to put together consistent stretches under Fred Hoiberg, there was question as to if Mirotic fit in the short-term plans, let alone the big picture as the Bulls are gearing up for a long rebuild.
But letting the 6-foot-10 Mirotic go was a little too much for the front office to stomach, as they appear to hold onto the slightest bit of hope Mirotic can develop into a versatile scorer without having the burden of big pressure around him. Unfortunate circumstances and injuries have played a part in Mirotic's inconsistencies, as he's played considerably better after the All-Star break in his three seasons.
If not, they can cut bait with Mirotic after the season and start over, yet again.