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Bulls active in pre-draft workout process

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Bulls active in pre-draft workout process

As is usually the case with teams that enjoy regular-season success, the Bulls won't have the opportunity to pick from the top-heavy slew of prospects considered to have star potential in the upcoming NBA Draft.

However, with the 29th overall selection, they will have a chance to find a diamond in the rough for a roster in need of contributors next season, regardless of prior professional experience.

Now, it may be asking too much for the front office to get a late first-round pick as ready to immediately establish himself as Taj Gibson, the No. 26 pick back in 2009, but next season, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau might not have the luxury of easing along a rookie as slowly as he did with backup center Omer Asik or swingman Jimmy Butler in the past.

The organization has already begun the process of bringing in prospects and there has been and will continue to be a flurry of activity leading to this week's NBA pre-draft combine in Chicago.

Over the weekend, the Bulls worked out Michigan State forward Draymond Green, St. Bonaventure power forward Andrew Nicholson and Iona point guard Scott Machado, a rare trio of four-year college players considered first-round prospects.

Monday, the last scheduled the last Berto Center workout on the slate until the following week, according to a source. Monday's workout is scheduled to feature Syracuse center Fab Melo, Vanderbilt sharpshooter John Jenkins, Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham and Xavier point guard Tu Holloway, among others.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”