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Report: Why Bulls passed on one of world's best passers

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Report: Why Bulls passed on one of world's best passers

Milos Teodosic was on the verge of becoming the point guard of the Bulls' future, according to a report by Eurohoops and NBA Greece

The 30-year-old Serbian, who's known as a passing genius in international basketball circles, verbally committed to play in Chicago before the deal fell through, and he opted to suit up for the Clippers instead. 

"We initially had a deal with the Chicago Bulls," Nick Lotsos, the longtime agent of Teodosic, said to NBA Greece. 

“I met in Treviso, Italy, the head of international scouting Ivica Dukan, who is the man who took Tony Kukoc to Chicago. His opinion has a real value within the Bulls organization. He is practically the one decision maker on the team. We talked and he said to me that Milos was the best player they could get. After a few days the GM, Gar Forman, called me. We had agreed to a contract close to $30 million for three years, similar to the one Bogdan Bogdanovic signed in Sacramento. My only objection was that I wanted Milos to have the chance to opt out every summer because I believe that he can all-star money. We were ready to sign and Forman wanted the deal for one more reason. There are many Serbs in Chicago."

Despite GarPax seemingly showing strong interest early in the recruitment process, the team altered its course after shipping Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. Post-blockbuster, the team's desire to sign an older guard dissipated, according to Teodosic's agent. 

“I knew that the deal will not be completed after the trade," Lotsos said. "And two days later, Forman called me and explained to me that the team wanted to rebuild, so getting a 30-year-old point guard without NBA experience was out of the question."

With the rebuild in its initial stage, the Bulls are moving forward with Kris Dunn, Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne at the 1. 

Still, though, one can daydream about having a PG drop incisive, imaginative dimes such as this one: 

Or this precise underhanded post pass: 

Report: Miami, Los Angeles appealing destinations for Bulls' Dwyane Wade

Report: Miami, Los Angeles appealing destinations for Bulls' Dwyane Wade

It seems to be a matter of when, not if, Dwyane Wade will be bought out by the Chicago Bulls.

The 33-year-old isn't a part of the Bulls' rebuilding process, and he seems more likely to want to play for a contender in the tail end of his Hall of Fame career.

When that initial report came out that the Bulls were considering buying him out, Hassan Whiteside said the Heat would love to have him back.

Someone in LeBron James' camp reportedly said they expect Wade to become a member of the Cavaliers at some point in the season, which makes sense because of what James and Wade accomplished in Miami.

Well, add another potential destination to the list: Los Angeles.

Miami Herald's Barry Jackson is reporting that Los Angeles is appealing to Wade, for obvious reasons given Wade's affinity to continue pushing and improving his own brand.

Jackson does not specify whether it'd be the Lakers or Clippers that Wade is interested in joining. James has been linked to the Lakers for quite some time and is a free agent next offseason. The Clippers have moved on from Chris Paul but still figure to make noise in the Western Conference this season.

While he doesn't seem long for Chicago, Wade is going to have his fair share of suitors awaiting him once he clears waivers.

Thanks to Chris Paul, Kirk Hinrich no longer holds this infamous playoff record

Thanks to Chris Paul, Kirk Hinrich no longer holds this infamous playoff record

There's something to be said for making as many postseason appearances as Chris Paul has. The future Hall of Fame point guard has led his team to the playoffs nine times in his 12-year career, including each of the last six seasons with the Clippers.

But Paul hasn't been able to get over the hump of the Western Conference's second round, bowing out in each playoff apperance before making the conference finals. In fact, Paul's Clippers and former New Orleans Hornets are the only two teams not to make the conference finals since 2000.

Sunday afternoon Paul's Clippers bowed out to the Utah Jazz in seven games, marking the 76th playoff game of Paul's career. And with those games he surpassed former Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich for the most postseason games without ever making the conference finals, per Elias Sports.

Hinrich appeared in 69 playoff games over 11 years, including eight with the Bulls and three with the Hawks. The combo guard lost in the first round in all but two seasons, and lost in the second round in 2007 (to the Pistons) and 2015 (to the Cavs). Paul has advanced to the second round on four different occasions.

Hinrich averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 assists in 28.3 minutes. Paul carried a slightly bigger load, averaging 21.4 points and 9.4 assists in 38.0 minutes. Paul will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.