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Bulls decline Brewer; Korver next?

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Bulls decline Brewer; Korver next?

The Chicago Bulls informed shooting guard Ronnie Brewer that the team would not be picking up his 4.37 million option for the upcoming season, making him an unrestricted free agent, according to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson.
This comes two days after the Bulls came to an agreement on a contract with shooting guard Kirk Hinrich, who played his first seven seasons in Chicago. Hinrich's deal is worth 6 million over two years.
As expected, the Bulls have been conservative this summer. Point guard C.J. Watson's 3.7 million team option will not be picked up, either, also making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Bulls still have two decisions to make with their own personnel. The status of Kyle Korver's 5 million team option remains in the air, and whether or not the Bulls bring the sharpshooter back could hinge on the decision they make with Omer Asik.
Beginning tomorrow, the Bulls will have three days to match Houston's three-year, 24.3 million offer shoot given to the 25-year-old Asik.
It will be tough for Chicago to retain either player, as their nine rostered players under contract for next season (Hinrich included) will cost more than 67 million. In order to avoid paying the luxury tax (projected near 70.3 million), the Bulls most likely will fill their roster with players signed to the veteran's minimum.
What the Bulls' moves on Brewer and Watson mean are likely increased roles for Jimmy Butler and Marquis Teague, relative to what his role would have been with Watson in the mix.
General manager Gar Forman said the Bulls would make "basketball decisions," not "financial decisions" this off-season, but that mantra will be tested in the coming days as the team attempts to stay below the luxury tax or, more likely, stay as little over the threshold as possible.

Kyle Long placed on Injured reserve

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Kyle Long placed on Injured reserve

The Bears have guard Kyle Long on injured reserve due to hip injury. The Bears announced they moved DL Abdullah Anderson from the practice squad to the active roster. They have also signed TE Dax Robinson to the practice squad.

Long is a seven-year vet of the Bears and had played the first three games of the 2019 season. He sat on Week 4’s matchup against the Vikings due to his hip but came back to play against the Raiders in London in Week 5.

This news is tough to take considering the Bears offensive struggles this season and Long’s history with the team.

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Oilers

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Oilers

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they take on the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. He's 0-2-0 with a 4.63 goals-against average and .875 save percentage this season.

In 18 career appearances against the Oilers, Crawford is 9-7-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout. 

The decision is a little surprising, given how well Lehner performed on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets and what his career numbers are against the Oilers. In eight starts vs. Edmonton, Lehner is 5-1-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout.

"We're going to continue to ... both guys are going to get in," coach Jeremy Colliton said after Monday's morning skate. "They're both going to play. I'm not going to give you the road map, but today it's Crawford and we'll go from there."

The Blackhawks are seeking their first win of the season (0-2-1) against an Oilers team that's 5-0-0.

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