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Hinrich a game-time decision Friday

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Hinrich a game-time decision Friday

NEW YORKBulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich didnt participate in the teams Friday morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden due to his injured right elbow, which he suffered during Mondays home win over Cleveland and caused him to miss Wednesdays loss to Milwaukee at the United Center.
Im doing better, so well see how it goes, Hinrich said. Im not going to participate this morning. Im just going to watch and evaluate it before the game.
I landed on my elbow and popped my bursa sac. Its just one of those things, the risk of the infection there. Its still much better. Ive had it wrapped it up for a few days, he continued, explaining how the injury occurred against the Cavaliers, while diving for a loose ball. I dont know what the actual diagnosis of it is. I know that they were real worried about it becoming infected. Its real common for that injury to become infected, so thats what I think is their main concern.
Its been a grind. Had a lot of stuff kind of not go my way, as far as injuries. Been nicked up, but just aside from that, I feel like weve been playing good basketball and every chance I can to get out there, I want to be able to get out there and see how it goes.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was typically vague about Hinrichs status.
Hes doing fine. Hes still day-to-day. Well see tonight, the coach said before the Bulls shootaround. Hes better than he was Wednesday.
Hinrich has had six separate ailments this season, including his knee, hip, groin, thumb and left elbow. Backup point guard Nate Robinson will likely start in his place if he cant suit up Friday.

Bulls reach buyout agreement with Dwyane Wade

Bulls reach buyout agreement with Dwyane Wade

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.

Bulls bring back Nikola Mirotic on two-year deal

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Bulls bring back Nikola Mirotic on two-year deal

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.