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Bulls Eyeing Contract Extension For Bobby Portis

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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.

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Bulls Name Jim Boylen Permanent Head Coach

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The Chicago Bulls have named Jim Boylen permanent head coach following the firing of head coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday.

“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” John Paxson, the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

“After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future. I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team.”

Boylen is signed through the 2019-20 season, paying him just under $1 million annually, according to ESPN.

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Bulls Fire Fred Hoiberg

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The Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg, the team announced on Monday in an official press release.

Associate head coach Jim Boylen will assume head coaching duties in the wake of Hoiberg’s firing.

“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” executive VP of basketball operations John Paxson said. “After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future.”

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Bulls Exercise Options On Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine

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The Chicago Bulls have exercised their 2019-2020 team options on Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine, which guarantees their salaries for next season, per an official team announcement on Tuesday.

Dunn and Valentine options are for the fourth and final year of their respective rookie scale contracts which will see Dunn have a cap hit of $5,348,007, while Valentine will see a cap charge of $3,377,569.

Markkanen’s $5,300,400 option is for his third year, which will give the Bulls another option decision next October, and he won’t be contract extension-eligible until 2020.

 

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