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The Chicago Bulls have waived guards Jake Anderson and Stefhon Hannah.

The players originally signed with Chicago as free agents on Sept. 28, 2015.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 17.

In preseason win, Jimmy Butler scores 23 points in 25 minutes

Here’s the Bulls.com blog reporting on the squad as they learn to play under new head coach Fred Hoiberg:

In preseason win, Jimmy Butler scores 23 points in 25 minutes

No one called it Freddie-ball yet. But the Bulls Tuesday seemed to be having a ball in a 105-95 preseason opening win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

“You’ve got the freedom to shoot it when you are open,” said Jimmy Butler, who had 23 points in 25 minutes and was matched by Doug McDermott with 23 points, McDermott’s all after halftime. Nikola Mirotic added 18 points as the Bulls were 13 for 39 on threes, more threes attempted than in any game last season. The Bulls also attempted 99 shots, just short of last season’s most, which Tuesday was 22 more than Milwaukee’s as the Bulls dominated the backboards even with their perimeter emphasis and had 24 offensive rebounds.

The shots were quick and frequent as the Bulls scored 68 second half points to pull away even with Derrick Rose, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich all out with injuries or rest.

“The second half I thought we got out and moved it,” said coach Fred Hoiberg. “I thought we rebounded the ball extremely well. Anytime we can get it off the glass and push it down the floor generally good things happen. We gave up too many transition points (22-14 Bucks fast break edge). Overall, first game especially, that second half I liked what I saw.”

On the Bulls offense this season

Here’s CSN Chicago reporting on the Bulls offense this upcoming season:

[Pau] Gasol and fellow Spaniard Nikola Mirotic will be key pieces in the diversity of the Bulls offense this season, as the Bulls will employ the popular “four-out, one-in” offensive set many teams use to maximize floor spacing for drivers and open 3-pointers for shooters.

“We’ll run some four out and one in,” Hoiberg said. “We’ll run some four out and one in with two bigs on the floor, especially with Pau out there. He has proven he can make shots and he can also make plays. If you swing it to him and he doesn’t shoot it, you can get into a second side action.”

Mirotic, in theory and form, is a good 3-point shooter but the numbers say he’s a 31.6 percent shooter. Teams won’t be so quick to run out and defend a shooter with those numbers, no matter his skill set.

Apparently it’s been a point of emphasis in camp, as the Bulls hope to improve on their 35 percent efficiency last season, but they were middle in the pack in terms of attempts.

Bulls sign Stefhon Hannah

The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of free agent guard Stefhon Hannah (steff-ON). We assume this is a non-guaranteed deal just for training camp.

Hannah (6-1, 175) spent last season with both the Grand Rapids Drive and the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League. In 22 games, he averaged 5.9 ppg, 2.1 apg and 1.05 spg in 16.6 mpg.

Chicago’s roster now stands at 19.

Joakim Noah is really good when healthy, in case you forgot

Here’s CSN Chicago reporting on a Bulls frontcourt that, with health, has potential to be a lot better than it’s been:

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When the Bulls made their expected coaching change, one of the on-court changes many expected was to break up the tandem of Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol in the frontcourt.

In fact, when Fred Hoiberg had his availability on Media Day, the new Bulls coach anticipated it would be among the first three questions. The notion stemmed around Noah limping around last season and to a lesser extent, Gasol advancing in age. With Gasol being an All-Star player, the speculation was growing louder that Noah should come off the bench to balance out the floor.

But Noah feels Hoiberg should hold off on making a decision based off the tape from last year. The film doesn’t lie that the duo looked uneven last season, despite the gaudy record posted by the starting five for the few games they played together (16-5).

“I think we should give it an honest evaluation while I’m healthy,” Noah said. “Last year, I wasn’t healthy. Let’s see how it goes and then coaches can make a decision from there.”

Derrick Rose suffers injury to face

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is injured again.

According to the Bulls, Rose was struck in the face by an elbow during today’s practice. He was taken by the Bulls medical staff to Rush University Medical Center for testing and evaluation which determined he sustained a left orbital fracture. After consultation with several specialists, it has been determined that he will require a surgical procedure, which will take place tomorrow at Rush. After the procedure, a timetable for return to play will be determined.

SEPTEMBER 30 UPDATE: Derrick Rose’s procedure went as expected today. At this time it is estimated he will be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks. The Bulls guard sustained a left orbital fracture in practice yesterday morning.

Mike Dunleavy undergoes back surgery

Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy successfully underwent a low back microdiscectomy procedure earlier today at Rush University Medical Center. Dunleavy had experienced some occasional back discomfort over the summer which had recently worsened. Conservative measures failed to satisfactorily resolve his symptoms, therefore, the decision was made to perform the surgery. The timing is unfortunate, but it was imperative that all conservative measures were exhausted prior to making this decision. He is expected to be out 8-10 weeks.

Jimmy Butler says he is a point guard

Here is the Bulls.com blog reporting on Jimmy Butler, who, according to himself, is really more of a point guard. The position played by teammate Derrick Rose, who incidently happens to score a lot of points for a point guard. Anyway:

“First off, I think I am a point guard,” Butler said without joking. “So I’ve done a heck of a lot of ball screen work, ball handling, getting into the paint and still handling, floaters, all that stuff point guards do. If I get a chance, high pick and roll more. I want some triple doubles. I’ve got to get my handle right so I can pass and get it to guys where they can make shots. I told Fred. You ask what position I play, I say point guard.”

It sounds like a joke for the guy who was supposed to be a small forward replacement for Luol Deng. But having another guard who can handle the ball and allow Rose to play off the ball with Butler’s defensive prowess provides a potentially exceptional and previously unknown element to the Bulls arsenal.

“I’m very excited because I think a lot of people think my last season was a fluke,” acknowledged Butler, who is the 32nd lowest drafted player on the USA roster. “I really don’t care what they think. But I want to prove to myself it wasn’t. I want to show I can get better from last year to this year. That’s my goal, continue to get better every year like I have.

“The main thing is confidence,” Butler continued.

Here’s the Chicago Sun-Times reporting just how great it is to be Michael Jordan when it comes to business deals:

Michael Jordan reportedly made huge money off cologne deal

Jordan simply gave his permission to the fragrance company XEL to sell Michael Jordan cologne. A close adviser testified Thursday that Jordan did nothing else — but the company still paid him $10.6 million between 2002 and 2012.

Estee Portnoy, a long-time marketing manager for Jordan, also testified Thursday that a Japanese TV station hoping to produce a documentary about Jordan once offered him $100,000 to use footage of his days with the Chicago Bulls.

The footage belonged to the NBA, Portnoy said.

Video: Bobby Portis summer highlights

Enjoy this video showcasing the summer of Chicago Bulls rookie Bobby Portis:

Here’s CSN Chicago reporting on Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who is getting positive mentions from a likely source:

Will Derrick Rose make NBA All-Star team next season?

If Derrick Rose’s playoff performance is any indication, the Bulls point guard could be in for a giant 2015-16 season.

That’s according to CSN’s Bulls color commentator Stacey King, who spoke at the Bulls/Sox Academy Tuesday and believes the league’s youngest MVP is getting back to that old form.

“I expect him to have a big year this year, I expect him to make the All-Star team, I expect him to be back to the elite player that we are used to seeing,” King said of the three-time All-Star (2010-2012). “I can’t wait to see him.”

King’s comments come on the heels of a report last week that Rose, 26, is still undecided about participating in Team USA’s minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

Bulls re-sign Mike Dunleavy

The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard/forward Mike Dunleavy.

Dunleavy (6-9, 230), a 13-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 145 games (124 starts) the last two seasons with Chicago and averaged 10.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg and 0.71 spg in 30.5 mpg. He has also shot .432 from the field, .392 from downtown and .837 from the line.

In addition to his stint with the Bulls, the 34-year old Dunleavy has also played for the Milwaukee Bucks (2011-13), Indiana Pacers (2007-11) and the Golden State Warriors (2002-07). In 902 career games (553 starts), Dunleavy has posted averages of 11.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg and 0.76 spg in 28.6 mpg. He holds career shooting averages of .442 from the field, .376 from behind the arc and .804 from the line. For his career, he ranks 49th in NBA history with 1,212 three-point field goals made.

Originally selected by the Golden State Warriors in the first round (third overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft, Dunleavy’s teams have advanced to the postseason four times. In 26 playoff games, he has produced 10.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg and 0.73 spg in 27.5 mpg. He also owns postseason shooting averages of .482 from the field, .454 from downtown and .826 from the free throw line.

Bulls sign guard Aaron Brooks

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed guard Aaron Brooks.

In 82 games (21 starts) with the Bulls last season, Brooks (6-0, 161) averaged 11.6 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.0 rpg and 0.66 spg in 23.0 mpg. He also posted shooting averages of .421 from the field, .387 (23rd in the NBA) from downtown and .833 from the line. In his 21 starting assignments, he posted 14.1 ppg, 4.4 apg and 2.5 rpg in 30.9 mpg.

A seven-year veteran of the NBA, Brooks came to Chicago in 2014 after splitting the 2013-14 campaign with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. Drafted out of Oregon in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft (26th overall) by the Houston Rockets, Brooks has played with the Rockets (2007-11, 2012-13, 2013-14) and Denver Nuggets (2013-14), as well as the Phoenix Suns (2010-11) and Sacramento Kings (2012-13).

A native of Seattle, the 30-year old Brooks has played in 479 regular season games (182 starts) and posted averages of 11.2 ppg, 3.3 apg and 1.9 rpg in 23.9 mpg. He holds career shooting averages of .415 field goal shooting, .371 three-point shooting and .845 from the line. In 37 playoff appearances, he has averaged 8.8 ppg, 1.9 apg, 1.8 rpg, 18.7 mpg, shot .410 from the field, .330 from downtown and .768 from the line.

Bulls sign guard Aaron Brooks

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed guard Aaron Brooks.

In 82 games (21 starts) with the Bulls last season, Brooks (6-0, 161) averaged 11.6 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.0 rpg and 0.66 spg in 23.0 mpg. He also posted shooting averages of .421 from the field, .387 (23rd in the NBA) from downtown and .833 from the line. In his 21 starting assignments, he posted 14.1 ppg, 4.4 apg and 2.5 rpg in 30.9 mpg.

A seven-year veteran of the NBA, Brooks came to Chicago in 2014 after splitting the 2013-14 campaign with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. Drafted out of Oregon in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft (26th overall) by the Houston Rockets, Brooks has played with the Rockets (2007-11, 2012-13, 2013-14) and Denver Nuggets (2013-14), as well as the Phoenix Suns (2010-11) and Sacramento Kings (2012-13).

A native of Seattle, the 30-year old Brooks has played in 479 regular season games (182 starts) and posted averages of 11.2 ppg, 3.3 apg and 1.9 rpg in 23.9 mpg. He holds career shooting averages of .415 field goal shooting, .371 three-point shooting and .845 from the line. In 37 playoff appearances, he has averaged 8.8 ppg, 1.9 apg, 1.8 rpg, 18.7 mpg, shot .410 from the field, .330 from downtown and .768 from the line.

Bulls sign guard Aaron Brooks

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed guard Aaron Brooks.

In 82 games (21 starts) with the Bulls last season, Brooks (6-0, 161) averaged 11.6 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.0 rpg and 0.66 spg in 23.0 mpg. He also posted shooting averages of .421 from the field, .387 (23rd in the NBA) from downtown and .833 from the line. In his 21 starting assignments, he posted 14.1 ppg, 4.4 apg and 2.5 rpg in 30.9 mpg.

A seven-year veteran of the NBA, Brooks came to Chicago in 2014 after splitting the 2013-14 campaign with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. Drafted out of Oregon in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft (26th overall) by the Houston Rockets, Brooks has played with the Rockets (2007-11, 2012-13, 2013-14) and Denver Nuggets (2013-14), as well as the Phoenix Suns (2010-11) and Sacramento Kings (2012-13).

A native of Seattle, the 30-year old Brooks has played in 479 regular season games (182 starts) and posted averages of 11.2 ppg, 3.3 apg and 1.9 rpg in 23.9 mpg. He holds career shooting averages of .415 field goal shooting, .371 three-point shooting and .845 from the line. In 37 playoff appearances, he has averaged 8.8 ppg, 1.9 apg, 1.8 rpg, 18.7 mpg, shot .410 from the field, .330 from downtown and .768 from the line.

Bulls sign Cristiano Felicio

Bulls sign Cristiano Felicio

The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent forward/center Cristiano Felicio (pronunciation: cree-STEE-YAHN-oh).

“We’ve been impressed with Cristiano’s work ethic and potential,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “We’re looking forward to working with him and having him come to camp with us this fall.”

Felicio (6-10, 275) played with C.R. Flamengo of the NBB (Novo Basquete Brasil) last season and is currently playing on Chicago’s 2015 Las Vegas Summer League team.

Bulls re-sign Jimmy Butler

Bulls re-sign Jimmy Butler

The Chicago Bulls have re-signed free agent guard Jimmy Butler.

According to the Chicago Tribune, it is “a five-year deal that could be worth $95 million should Butler pick up the fifth-year player option.”

“We are thrilled that Jimmy has committed to remain a Chicago Bull for years to come,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “As one of the leagues rising stars, we look forward to his continued growth and him being a major contributor to our team’s continued success.”

Last season, Butler (6-7, 220) appeared in 65 games (all starts) for Chicago and averaged a team-high 20.0 ppg (15th in the NBA), 5.8 rpg, 3.3 apg and 1.75 spg (10th) in 38.7 mpg (first), while shooting .462 from the field, .378 from behind the arc and .834 from the line. He posted career highs in scoring, rebounding, assists, three-point field goal percentage and free-throw shooting, and also made his first trip to the NBA All-Star Game as a reserve for the East. The 25-year old Butler was also named the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Improved Player, becoming the first Bull to win the award since its inception in 1985-86.

In four seasons with Chicago, the Tomball, Texas, native has appeared in 256 games (152 starts) and owns averages of 11.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.29 spg, 29.7 mpg, .440 from the floor, .333 from downtown and .804 from the free-throw line.

In postseason play, Butler has also played in 32 playoff games (29 starts) and posted 15.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.53 spg, .431 from the field, .380 from behind the arc and .813 from the line.

Chicago drafted Butler in the first round (30th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

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The Chicago Bulls announced today that Randy Brown and Charlie Henry have been hired as assistant coaches, while Mike Wilhelm will be retained as an assistant coach on Fred Hoiberg’s coaching staff.

Brown, 47, has spent the last six seasons with the Bulls as assistant general manager (2013-15), special assistant to the general manager (2010-13) and director of player development (2009-10). Prior to his return to Chicago, Brown spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings. Originally drafted by the Kings in the second round (31st overall) of the 1991 NBA Draft, Brown played 12 seasons and was a member of three NBA Championship teams with the Bulls (1996, 1997, 1998), including the 1996 team that won an NBA-record 72 games during the regular season.

Henry, 29, spent the last three seasons at Iowa State University as an assistant coach (2014-15), director of player development (2013-14) and graduate assistant (2012-13). A native of Canton, Mich., he spent the 2011-12 campaign with the Indiana Pacers as a video intern and the 2010-11 season as a graduate manager at the University of Utah. Henry graduated from Madonna University in Livonia, Mich., where he was a four-year member of the basketball team.

Wilhelm, 49, returns for his 14th season with the Bulls as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Bulls, Wilhelm spent the 2001-02 season as a regional advance scout for the Denver Nuggets. He entered the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 1993-94 season as the team’s video coordinator, and in 1999 he became the team’s advance scout.

Brown, Henry and Wilhelm join associate head coach Jim Boylen and assistant coach Pete Myers to round out Fred Hoiberg’s coaching staff.

Kirk Hinrich exercises player option for Bulls 2015-16 season

The Chicago Bulls announced today that guard Kirk Hinrich has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season.

A 12-year veteran of the NBA, the 34-year old Hinrich (6-4, 190) has played in 833 (658 starts) regular-season games and averaged 11.4 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 rpg and 1.15 spg in 31.7 mpg. He owns career shooting averages of .412 from the field, .375 from downtown and .799 from the line. Hinrich has also appeared in 65 (46 starts) NBA playoff games where he has posted 11.4 ppg, 4.2 apg, 2.8 rpg, 1.14 spg, 30.5 mpg and shot .430 from the field, .408 from behind the arc and .744 from the stripe.

Bulls hire Pete Myers as assistant coach

The Chicago Bulls announced today that Pete Myers has been hired an as assistant coach on Fred Hoiberg’s coaching staff. In accordance with club policy, terms of the contract were not announced.

Myers, 51, returns to Chicago for his second stint with the Bulls after spending three seasons (2011-2014) with the Golden State Warriors, where he served as an assistant coach on Mark Jackson’s staff. Prior to his stint with the Warriors, Myers spent 12 seasons with the Bulls as an assistant coach (2001-2010) and scout (2000-01, 2011). He also served as Bulls interim head coach for two games (at Dallas on Nov. 25, 2003 and at San Antonio on Nov. 26, 2003) during the 2003-04 season and one game (at San Antonio on Dec. 26, 2007) during the 2007-08 season. During his eight-year NBA career, he played for five teams, including three seasons with the Bulls (1986-87, 1993-95).

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