This summer the Chicago Bulls will be looking to hammer out a contract extension with Bobby Portis, who is enjoying a career year.
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill, Bulls brass is already planning to discuss an extension with Portis this summer.
“A front office source tells NBCSportsChicago.com a deal for Portis “will be discussed” this summer…”
Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg also spoke about Portis being a big part of the team’s future.
“He’s able to back down on guys down in a league that’s really gone to a lot of switching. He can punish the switch on the block,” Hoiberg said. “And the important thing is, with a big guy guarding him, he has the ability to stretch the floor where he’s shown the improvement over his young course of his career to do that. So, we’re really happy with Bobby, and I think he’s really solidified himself as a big part of our future.”
Portis is enjoying career highs of 13.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game this season for Chicago.
Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. Guarantees He Will Be Big Contributor to Future Success
Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. is dedicated to helping the franchise return a winning culture, and says that he is ready to put the team on his shoulders to accomplish the feat of rebuilding a winning culture.
“I’m always up for a challenge,” Carter Jr said, during an interview with Jon Greenberg of The Athletic. “I’m not afraid to fail. If I’m going to fail, I’m going to do it hard. I’m going to go hard as I can in failing. So I feel like that can be appreciated from all the coaches. I’m a hard worker, so I feel like that’s going to translate to the responsibility side of doing whatever we have to do. Put it on my shoulders and I’m going to make it happen.”
“We’re going to bring back the winning culture to Chicago,” he said. “If it’s not make the playoffs and win the championship in the first year, I guarantee it’s going to be a progressive step each year. I can promise that to all Bulls fans. I’ll take that on my shoulders.”
Carter, 19, will be the Bulls starting center as the team opens the season, as announced by head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Bulls’ Fred Hoiberg Upset with Team’s Defense, Everything Else
“I was upset with everything,” Fred Hoiberg said, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.
“We weren’t getting back. We let our lack of shot-making affect our overall game as far as edge and effort. Our transition defense was not good, and we weren’t getting matched up coming back.”
“Luckily, it’s just preseason. It doesn’t count on our record,” Bulls forward Bobby Portis said. “But I think that moving forward we can use this as a lesson learned for the regular season and not have nights like this anymore.”
Bulls, Pacers Interested In Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor has struggled to stay on the court after an impressive rookie season, and he will be looking for a new home after the Brooklyn Nets are unlikely to bring him back next season, according to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney.
Okafor has trimmed down, going from 275 pounds to 258 pounds.
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