We’re in sight of the finish line, as the Chicago Bulls will hold their official Media Day on Friday, Sept. 27, marking the official start of the 2013-14 NBA season. Here are some of the final news tidbits as the offseason winds down.
- Adidas threw a massive party for Derrick Rose yesterday at the United Center, and apparently it was quite something. Blog-a-Bull’s Ricky O’Donnell was there, so read his take on the event.
- It seems Luol Deng still is unhappy with the way things went at the end of last season, when a botched spinal tap caused him to miss the Bulls’ final seven games, including the entirety of their series with the Miami Heat. David Aldridge reports that Deng, via his agent, was upset by the Bulls’ team doctors taking off for Miami and leaving him alone in a hospital during his recovery. So…that seems less than good.
- Aldridge also reports that Deng’s likely “floor” in terms of per-year salary on the open market would be $12-13 million, and I can’t imagine the Bulls have any real interest in paying him that.
- One last thing from the Aldridge piece: He refers to Carlos Boozer as “coming off one of his best seasons,” which is true only in the sense that it’s not true at all. Aside from a monthlong stretch in the middle of the season, Boozer was generally solid at best and downright incompetent at worst. He also performed at or below his career numbers in pretty much every statistical category, per 36 minutes. So there’s that.
- While we don’t have an official training camp roster, we do have some idea of who will be around. Kalin Lucas, once a star at Michigan State — Woo! — Mike James, who had a cup of coffee with the Bulls back in 2011-12, Dexter Pittman, formerly of the Miami Heat, and Patrick Christopher, who I know absolutely nothing about, will all be in camp. Summer league standout Malcolm Thomas might be there — we have no confirmation, but he tweeted recently that he was in Chicago and it would stand to reason that he’d be given another shot — along with probably some other people but who cares because at most only one or two of these guys will actually make the team. So…whatever.
36 days, folks.