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  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Hawks’ party of five second to none Jul 17, 2014 10:10 PM
    From top to bottom, the Blackhawks got it going on as Wednesday's press conference proved.

     
  • Slumping Sky falls to Fever 82-64 Jul 17, 2014 8:59 PM
    Tamika Catchings scored 25 points, and Briann January added 14 as the Indiana Fever sent the Chicago Sky to their sixth straight loss, 82-64 on Thursday night. Indiana (11-12) took control with an early 17-2 run. The Fever trailed by four with 21.5 seconds left in the first period, but Krystal Thomas hit a jumper, and Layshia Clarendon made a buzzer-beating reverse layup to tie it 21-21. Allie Quigley had 17 points to lead Chicago (8-13), which has dropped 13 of 16. Sylvia Fowels had 15 points — all in the first half — and 11 rebounds.

     
  • Report: Boozer to join L.A. Lakers Jul 17, 2014 5:46 PM
    Carlos Boozer has landed with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports. The Bulls used the amnesty provision on the burly power forward Tuesday. By using the amnesty rule, the Bulls released Boozer and are still liable for his $16.8 million salary this season, but it won’t count toward the salary cap or luxury tax.

     
  • Mike North video: Hinrich a good signing for Bulls Jul 16, 2014 10:20 AM
    Mike North sees the Kirk Hinrich signing with the Bulls as an excellent move, and if Derrick Rose can return at even 80 percent, expect good things from this team this year.

     
  • Dwyane Wade re-signs with Miami Heat Jul 15, 2014 7:20 PM
    Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he’s ever known some flexibility in the coming years. Wade signed a new contract with the Heat on Tuesday. It’s a two-year deal, the second of those seasons a player option, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side announced terms. “I am proud to have spent every single day of my career as a member of the Miami Heat and to have brought three championship titles to this great city,” Wade said in a statement. “I’ve been here through the good times and the hard times. I have confidence in the Miami Heat organization and the team they are building.” Earlier Tuesday, Wade tweeted “Home Is Where The Heart Is... My Home,My City,My House” and attached a photo of himself standing below the three NBA championship banners that hang at Miami’s home arena. Financial terms were not announced, though it’s expected Wade’s salary for next season will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made under his previous contract. Heat President Pat Riley confirmed that Wade again bought into the Heat mantra of sacrifice. The contract he signed four years ago left millions on the bargaining-room table, in part to make the deals with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem happen. “Dwyane has been the franchise cornerstone for this team since the day he arrived 11 years ago,” Riley said. “He has shown his commitment to the Heat many times over the course of his career and has always been willing to sacrifice in order to help build this team into a champion. This time is no different.” Wade’s return was expected, yet still represents a huge win for Miami during free agency — especially since it comes less than a week after James left the Heat after four seasons and returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So now, what was the “Big 3” is a “Big 2.” Bosh is in the process of finishing a $118 million, five-year contract with Miami. Also Tuesday, the Heat signed Luol Deng to a two-year, $20 million deal, which was agreed to over the weekend. “Luol Deng is one of the most important free agent signings that we have ever had in the history of the franchise,” Riley said. “He is a proven All-Star and quintessential team player, both as a scorer, as well as an All-NBA defender. He brings the attitude of a warrior and competes every single night against the very, very best.” Miami also announced the signing of small forward James Ennis, who has been one of the team’s summer-league standouts this year. Ennis was the 50th pick in the 2013 draft and spent last season playing in Australia. Wade is entering his 12th Heat season and is the franchise’s all-time leader in games, points, assists and steals. He and Haslem, who is also expected to complete a new two-year contract with Miami in the coming days, are the only players to appear on all three of the Heat teams that won NBA championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He was limited to 54 games last season, in large part because of a maintenance program designed to limit wear and tear on his knees. But when he was on the floor, he was effective — shooting a career best 54.5 percent and averaging 19.0 points. With James gone, Wade likely won’t have the luxury of resting as much this season. He’s averaged 24.3 points for his career, 16th-best in NBA history and fifth-best among active players with at least seven seasons. And only seven other players in league history have as many points (17,481), rebounds (3,605), assists (4,301), steals (1,262) and blocked shots (696) as Wade has posted so far in his career. Wade could have lobbied for more money or insisted on more years. But the Heat are positioning themselves to have as much flexibility as possible in 2016, a similar approach to what brought the “Big 3” together in 2010, and Wade’s deal helps them greatly in that regard. Wade still has a hectic summer ahead. There’s an upcoming marriage to actress Gabrielle Union, the ongoing building projects at the home he’s been remodeling for some time, and the annual fantasy camp that he hosts. His biggest order of business, however, is now complete.

     
  • So just how do revamped Bulls stack up in East? Jul 15, 2014 10:37 PM
    The Bulls officially used the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, creating cap space to sign Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. How will the Bulls revamped roster stack up in the East next season?

     
  • Mirotic, Hinrich set to sign with Bulls Jul 13, 2014 10:00 PM
    The Bulls continued to move forward after missing out on free agent Carmelo Anthony. The team secured agreements to bring back Kirk Hinrich and bring forward Nikola Mirotic over from Spain. Meanwhile, ex-Bull Luol Deng found an interesting new home.

     
  • Why the Bulls didn't hit the Carmelo Anthony jackpot Jul 14, 2014 5:29 AM
    Going back to the infamous summer of 2000, the Bulls have made a habit of missing out on free agent targets and landing a consolation prize. This year, Pau Gasol is a strong back-up plan, but could the Bulls have closed the deal with Carmelo Anthony?

     
  • Quigley hits career-best 27, but Sky falls to Dream in OT Jul 13, 2014 9:16 PM
    Angel McCoughtry matched a season high with 33 points, Tiffany Hayes hit the clinching free throws with 29 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 81-79 in overtime Sunday for its fourth straight victory. The Dream (15-5) looked sluggish after winning Saturday night at Indiana, shooting a season-low 35 percent from the field and finding it difficult to put away a Sky team that has lost five straight and 12 of 15. Allie Quigley finished with a career-high 27 points in a reserve role, and Sylvia Fowles, who missed a layup at the regulation buzzer that would have won the game, had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Sky (8-13). “Stupid stuff gets you beat,” said Sky coach Pokey Chatman. “We literally have a segment of video that says that. Until we stop aiding in our demise, the hole is going to get deeper.” Sancho Lyttle scored 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Erika de Souza added 8 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta. Hayes, who had a season-high 21 points the night before, finished with 17. She hit the winning foul shots after Sky forward Jessica Breland threw the ball away with 40.6 seconds left in overtime. The Sky, which lost by 38 on the road in Atlanta last month, took its biggest lead at 11 on Fowles’ 3-point play with 6:23 left in the second quarter. But the Dream came back to lead by a point on McCoughtry’s layup at the 8:38 mark of the third. McCoughtry had 9 points in the third to help the Dream outscore the Sky 17-9. A technical foul on Chatman led to McCoughtry hitting the ensuing free throw and scoring her 20th point one possession later on a fastbreak alley-oop pass from Celine Dumerc. The Dream didn’t trail in regulation after de Souza’s layup made it 50-49 at the 6:17 mark of the third, but a free throw by Tamera Young put the Sky up by 1 early in OT.

     
  • Deng agrees to 2-year, $20 million deal with Heat Jul 13, 2014 5:33 PM
    Free agent and former Bulls forward Luol Deng agreed Sunday to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat, said Herb Rudoy, one of Deng’s agents. The deal includes a player option for the 2015-16 season, Rudoy said. Deng is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Bulls. He appeared in 40 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a trade last season. He fills a need in Miami, which lost LeBron James last week after the four-time NBA MVP said he would leave the Heat after four seasons and return to the Cavaliers. Deng has averaged 16.0 points per game in his career, after being chosen No. 7 overall from Duke in the 2004 draft. His contract should be signed early this week.

     
  • All-too-familiar story for Bulls Jul 13, 2014 3:59 PM
    The Bulls have become quite familiar with missing out on the best players available, and this time they wind up with Pau Gasol instead of Carmelo Anthony.

     
  • Gasol tweets that he’s joining Bulls Jul 12, 2014 5:09 PM
    Free-agent center Pau Gasol announced via Twitter Saturday that he was looking forward to the “new chapter” of his career in Chicago. He says the choice wasn’t easy and he decided on the Bulls “after meditating a lot.”

     
  • Pau but no pow for Bulls Jul 12, 2014 11:58 PM
    The long wait for Carmelo Anthony's decision came to an end Saturday. After all that time, Anthony did what everyone thought he'd do at the start of this process, took a near-maximum contract from the New York Knicks. The Bulls responded by securing Lakers power forward Pau Gasol.

     
  • Bulls in pretty good spot Jul 12, 2014 8:01 PM
    The Bulls missed out on top free-agent target Carmelo Anthony. But looking at the top contenders in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls had a pretty good offseason, except for one Central Division rival who did better.

     
  • What’s up with Cleveland being so forgiving? Jul 12, 2014 11:59 PM
    If Michael Jordan abandoned the Bulls after a few years to play for another team, would fans here have welcomed him back like Cleveland welcomed LeBron James back? Hopefully not.

     
  • Sky fall to Mercury 72-66 Jul 11, 2014 10:10 PM
    Diana Taurasi scored 19 points, DeWanna Bonner added 13 and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 72-66 Friday night for their ninth straight victory.

     
  • Bulls might need an assist from Phil Jackson Jul 11, 2014 9:54 PM
    LeBron James made his decision Friday, but the wait continues for the Bulls and Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls appear to have built some momentum in their pursuit of Anthony, but need the help of Knicks president -- and former Bulls coach -- Phil Jackson to create their ideal scenario.

     
  • Bosh agrees to max deal with Heat Jul 11, 2014 7:26 PM
    Chris Bosh said countless times in recent weeks that he did not want to leave Miami. Not even LeBron James' departure changed his mind. And shortly after the Heat took a King-sized hit, their future started coming together. Bosh is staying in Miami, agreeing Friday to a five-year contract that will be worth about $118 million, said two people familiar with the deal. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side had confirmed it publicly.

     
  • Will you blame Bulls’ Rose for LeBron’s decision? Jul 11, 2014 3:53 PM
    Interesting guy, LeBron James. He appears to be a pretty decent guy and is affected by how he’s viewed. There aren’t many athletes worth hundreds of millions -- or maybe even billions -- who care about their public persona.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Toews, Kane nothing but the best Jul 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    Bottom line folks: it's a great time to be a Blackhawks fan.

     
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