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NBA free agency tracker: The latest on the Bulls

NBA free agency tracker: The latest on the Bulls

It's Friday evening and the Bulls have not yet inked any new contracts during the free agency period.

But they have been mentioned with a handful of players. Some have been signed by opposing teams, while others remain free agents. Here's a look at the players who have been linked to the Bulls in reports:

July 1: Dwyane Wade, SG: After the Heat agreed to a max deal with center Hassan Whiteside, questions arose of whether Pat Riley could afford to bring back Dwyane Wade. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Miami offered him a deal worth $10 million per year, he began speaking with other teams. One of those four teams was the Bulls, who reportedly are looking to offer Wade a two-year deal. The Bucks, Nuggets and Mavericks also are pursuing the three-time NBA champ, with the Bulls and Nuggets going after him hardest.

July 1: Rajon Rondo, PG - Rondo was spotted at O'Hare Airport on Friday, and he appeared to be holding a tablet with a Chicago Bulls case (seriously). Shortly after, The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson tweeted that Rondo met with the Bulls in Chicago on Friday. Rondo led the NBA in assists last season playing for the Kings, averaging 11.9 points and 11.7 assists on a one-year deal. The Undefeated's Marc Spears reported late Friday night that the Bulls, Kings Sixers and "possibly (the) Pelicans" are pursuing Rondo.

July 1: Solomon Hill, SF - TNT's David Aldridge tweeted early Friday morning the Bulls were interested in Hill. The Pacers small forward averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 59 games last season. Aldridge tweeted that the Jazz and Grizzlies were also looking at the 25-year-old Hill.

Update: Hill wound up signing with the Pelicans on a four-year, $48 million deal, according to Marc Stein.

July 1: E'Twaun Moore, SG - The Bulls have long been linked to re-signing Moore, who had a career year in his second season with the Bulls. But there's plenty of competition for the combo guard's services. Stein tweeted that Moore was set to meet with teams later Friday and would "move quickly" in a decision. The Bucks, Wolves and Pelicans were three of six teams who reportedly reached out to Moore.

Update: Moore eventually reached a deal with the Pelicans, signing a four-year deal worth $34 million.

July 1: Dion Waiters, SG - ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported early Friday morning that the Bulls were one of six teams who reached out to representatives of Dion Waiters. One of the biggest surprises in last year's playoffs, Waiters averaged 8.4 points, connected on 38 percent of his 3's and played stellar defense in the postseason. Waiters has attracted the most attention from the Kings, per reports, and there's been little to suggest the Bulls are actively pursuing the 24-year-old shooting guard.

June 30: Tyler Johnson, SG - During Adrian Wojnarowski's free agency show streaming on Yahoo, the NBA reporter noted that the Bulls were interested in Miami's Tyler Johnson. The 24-year-old shooting guard showed promise in his second season with the Heat, averaging 8.7 points on 48.6 percent shooting in 36 games, including five starts. His season was cut short in February due to a shoulder injury. He's a restricted free agent, but with the Heat signing Hassan Whiteside to a max deal and still attempting to bring back Dwyane Wade - and potentially sign Kevin Durant - Pat Riley likely won't have the money to bring back Johnson with a matched offer sheet.

June 30: Evan Turner, SG - On the eve of free agency, Sean Deveney reported that the Bulls, along with the Lakers, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Knicks and Pelicans all were interested in Turner. The Chicago native was in line for a significant payday following a successful year off the bench in Boston, where he averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists in just 28 minutes.

Update: After missing out on Chandler Parsons (Memphis), the Trail Blazers struck quickly and inked Turner to a four-year, $70 million deal.

June 30: Moe Harkless, SF - Thursday night, Alex Kennedy reported that the Bulls were one of five teams, including the Pistons, Wizards, Lakers and Mavericks, interested in the Blazers' restricted free agent. Harkless performed well in last year's playoffs, averaging 11.0 points and 5.1 rebounds. He was particularly impressive in the first round against the Clippers, averaging 12.7 points on 47.6 percent shooting and 6.2 rebounds in the six-game victory. With the Blazers signing Evan Turner to a $70 million deal, it's unlikely they'd match an offer sheet on Harkless.

June 30: Harrison Barnes, SF - The Bulls have been linked to Barnes for quite some time. The Sixers have come on strong as a team that could offer the restricted free agent a max contract. But even if the Bulls or Sixers, or another team, offer Barnes a max contract, the Warriors are reportedly expected to match any deal if they don't sign Kevin Durant, who met with the Warriors on Friday. CSN's David Kaplan also heard from multiple people that Barnes was in Chicago earlier this week. Barnes struggled mightily in last year's NBA Finals, shooting 5-for-32 in the last three games of the series. Still, at just 24 years old, he has plenty of room to grow and hasn't yet been featured as a team's No. 1 or No. 2 option.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: