The Chicago Bulls are currently working a deal that could land Denver Nuggets small forward Carmelo Anthony, who has previously expressed his desire to consider all options once he reaches free agency next summer. Chicago is willing to give up three-year veteran center Joakim Noah as a major piece of the potential trade offer. Noah is set to earn $3.1 million this season before his contract expires in 2011.
The Nuggets offered Anthony a three-year $65 million extension through 2014. If he decides to reject the already revamped contract, the Denver front office will have to consider their trade options. “I think I’m going to convince him to be a Nugget,” said GM Masai Ujiri. “No, I don’t know, I can’t make a judgment on that. Like I said, it’s a process and until he tells me that…We want him back, the city wants him back, ownership wants him back.” The 26-year old averaged 28.2 points and seven rebounds per game for Denver last season. Check back for more NBA offseason updates right here at Ace!
ESPN.com just recently reported that free agents LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh met earlier this week in Miami to talk business before franchises are able to reach out to the super-stars on July 1st. Wade previously made clear that his first choice will be to stay with the Miami Heat, but also expressed his interest to meet with other players facing career-changing decisions this summer. In the possible scenario that Miami can deal Michael Beasley to a team with salary-cap space, the organization could afford to bring in James and Bosh while re-signing Wade.
Sports analyst Stephen A. Smith believes that the trio has already vowed to figure a way to make it work. “I got a call last night from a source and I double-checked it with another and they told me essentially that LeBron James and Chris Bosh are going to tag team and go together and join Dwyane Wade in Miami,” he said. “I believe it’s highly likely, I wouldn’t say anything is a done deal with LeBron James until it’s signed.”
The 2x MVP is also scheduled to meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks. Many are still convinced he’ll remain a Cavalier in light of the organizations ability to offer as much as $30 million more than other suitors. The Bulls make a good case with their ability to immediately surround the King with strong role players that include Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. Check back for more NBA offseason updates right here with us at Ace!
With the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards selected Kentucky point guard John Wall with hopes to turn around the franchise after a frustrating season both on and off the court. Wall averaged 17 points and 7 assists during his time running the show last year for the Wildcats and is expected to make an immediate impact at the professional level.
“I feel like I had pressure since I became No. 1 in high school and was one of the top players,” he said. “I always got there hungry wanting to fight hard and compete in every game, so when I step on the court I’m going to take on any challenge there.” The Wizards also brought in Kirk Hinrich along with the 17th pick in light of the Chicago Bulls clearing cap space to sign one of the marquee free agents available come July 1st.
Kentucky became the first school to put five of their own players through in the first round between Wall, DeMarus Cousins (No. 5 Kings), Patrick Patterson (No 14. Rockets), Eric Bledsoe (No. 18 Thunder) and Daniel Orton (No. 29 Orlando Magic). Other notable selections are Evan Turner (No. 2 76ers), Derrick Favors (No 3. Nets), Ed Davis (No. 13 Raptors) and Avery Bradley (No 19. Celtics). Check for more 2010 NBA updates right here at Ace!
Derrick Rose dropped 31 points while dishing out seven assists as the Chicago Bulls went on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday at the United Center. Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng contributed 27 and 20 while center Joakim Noah controlled the paint with 10 points and 15 rebounds. This marks Chicago’s first win over the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal round. “We stayed strong,” said Noah. “D-Rose played huge for us. It just feels really good to come out with a win right now.”
LeBron James produced 13 of his 39 points down the stretch in the fourth quarter despite coming up short in the end. The Bulls were able to capture the momentum through the first block with the initial 32-21 lead. Cleveland went on a run in the final minutes but there simply wasn’t enough time to stage a complete comeback. “I believe we’re going to be fine,” said Anderson Varejao. “We just have to play the way we did in the second half.” Next game is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 PM. Bulls vs. Cavs playoff tickets are now available with us at Ace!
Derrick rose was able to battle through his hip injury to lead the Chicago Bulls with 29 points as they went on to trounce the New York Knicks 118-85 last night at the United Center. Both organizations are currently fighting to make a run at one of the last playoff spots, competing to bring in Houston Rockets veteran Tracy McGrady.
The Knicks are considered frontrunners due to the young talent they have to offer between Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill and Larry Hughes along with a pair of future draft picks. ESPN’s Marc Stein speculates for the deal to finalize tomorrow according to a league source. Chicago isn’t out of the chase just yet, as they proposed to give up Brad Miller, Tyrus Thomas and either Kirk Hinrich or John Salmons to land the 2X NBA scoring champion. New York will try to redeem themselves against the Bulls tonight in their rematch at the Madison Square Garden. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.
Seven of the 14 reserves representing their respective teams are making their first ever All-Star appearance in this year’s events at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, TX. Chicago fans haven’t seen an All-Star since Michael Jordan in 1998, at least until PG Derrick Rose takes the floor in 2010 to represent the East. Jordan took the time to offer his congratulations, saying “I’m very happy for him. The Bulls deserve an All-Star. Rose is a very special player.”
Players featured from the Eastern Conference include Allen Iverson, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose and Al Horford. The West consists of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Dirk Nowitzki, Brandon Roy, Zach Randolph, Deron Williams and Pau Gasol.
The rookie-sophomore matchup, three-point and dunk contest are set for Friday and Saturday to lead up to the main event. The official All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 14th at 7:00 PM. NBA All-Star tickets are now available!
The Boston Celtics just couldn’t keep up with the Chicago Bulls following their stretch of four games in five nights. Luol Deng took full advantage with 25 points to rally his Bulls past the struggling and depleted Celtics lineup 96-83 last night at the TD Garden. Chicago seemed motivated from the jump to keep their winning streak alive, netting 29 first quarter points to Boston’s 18.
“We knew they played four games in five nights and it was important for us to keep the energy going and play a high-paced game,” said Joakim Noah. “I think when Lu plays the way he did tonight, and Rose played tonight, it was just a team effort.”
Paul Pierce led the way for the C’s with 20 points. Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins followed up with 15 and 14, respectively. Boston will have the weekend to rest and prepare for a Monday showdown against the Dallas Mavericks at home. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
The New Jersey Nets have now won two of their last three regular season contests following yesterday’s 103-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Brook Lopez led in scoring with 25 points as Chris Douglas-Roberts and Devin Harris following up with 20 and 17. “We just continue to get better,” said Douglas-Roberts. “The Bulls made a lot of runs at home and we were able to withstand those runs, which is big for an NBA team.”
The Bulls have slipped to a 7-12 record with eight losses in their last nine games. “When we make a run like that at home, we got to think mentally we have the advantage. We could never pull it together,” said Chicago’s Joakim Noah. “It never feels good to lose to the team with the worst record in the NBA. It hurts.” The Nets were up after three blocks when Chicago proceeded to miss four straight free throws to start the fourth quarter. From there they rallied to grab a point advantage with 2:10 remaining, all for Devin Harris to answer back quickly from trey land. The Nets will host the Golden State Warriors tonight as the Bulls travel to Atlanta to matchup with the Hawks.
Carlos Boozer led the Utah Jazz with 28 points as they cruised by the Chicago Bulls 105-86 yesterday at Energy Solutions Arena. Previously defeated by the LA Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago has now lost four in a row and find themselves in desperate need of a turn around. They currently hold a 6-8 record, trailing the Central Division leading Cleveland Cavaliers by 4.5 games.
“We were right there in the beginning and fell away,” said point guard Derrick Rose. “We’re not communicating and we are letting people do whatever.” Hopefully Rose can direct his Bulls in the right direction for their game at Milwaukee against the Bucks on Monday night. Utah was glad to walk away with the win last night after falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder by 10 on Tuesday. Boozer and company are set to host the Trail Blazers this Saturday at 9:00 PM. Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz regular season tickets are available right here at Ace!
Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge split the scoring duties with 24 apiece as their Portland Trail Blazers took down the Chicago Bulls 122-98 last night at Rose Garden. Oden, after struggling with injuries all last season, is finally showing signs of the man the Blazers expected to see when selecting him in the 2007 NBA Draft.
“I’m not saying my game is where it should be,” said Oden. “But when I can get good deep post position and overpower people and get good shots up, I definitely want to use my strength.” The big man finished the night 7-for-8 from the field with 12 rebounds.
Yesterday’s contest was tight through the first three quarters. The final block featured a 32-18 Trail Blazers take over to win in convincing fashion. “We have to find a way to polish the game off and finish,” said Bulls guard Derrick Rose. “It’s very hard to rebound when you have someone like 6-foot-6, 6-7 boxing out 7-footers. We have to find a way to get rebounds and run.”
The Bulls are next scheduled away at Utah to matchup with the Jazz on Thursday, November 26th. Portland will make their way back home to host the winless New Jersey Nets on Wednesday.