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Bulls deal Justin Holiday to Grizzlies for two second-round picks, Wayne Selden and MarShon Brooks

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Bulls deal Justin Holiday to Grizzlies for two second-round picks, Wayne Selden and MarShon Brooks

It was a matter of when, not if, the Bulls would deal Justin Holiday, and it happened Thursday night. The 29-year-old shooting guard is off to Memphis in exchange for MarShon Brooks, Wayne Selden and two future second-round draft picks.

Both Brooks and Selden are in the final years of their respective deals. The bigger haul for the Bulls is the draft picks, which ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported is Memphis' own 2019 and 2020 picks. The Bulls were without a 2019 second round pick.

In 29 games this season Brooks is averaging 6.6 points and 1.6 rebounds. Selden is averaging 5.4 points and 1.4 rebounds. Neither were real rotation pieces in Memphis and don't figure to be in Chicago. The trade frees up 34.9 minutes per game at the small forward position, which will mean a bigger role for rookie first round pick Chandler Hutchison.

Late Thursday evening, Wojnarowski reported that it was made official that the Bulls have waived guard Cam Payne, to make room on the roster for Brooks and Selden. 

The Bulls—also on Thursday night—released a report announcing that the trade was made official.

Bulls in talks with Chicago officials to reopen Advocate Center on limited basis

Bulls in talks with Chicago officials to reopen Advocate Center on limited basis

The Bulls received clearance from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's office and are in talks with city officials to reopen the Advocate Center for limited workouts on Friday, May 29, sources tell NBC Sports Chicago Bulls insider K.C. Johnson.

Workouts will be voluntary and follow current league-issued guidelines, which mandate the following:

  • No more than four players may enter the facility at once
  • No head or assistant coaches may participate
  • Group activities and scrimmages are prohibited
  • Players must wear masks except for when engaging in physical activities (via Shams Charania)
  • Staff in the facility must wear gloves and physically distance by at least 12 feet (via Charania)

Pritzker has said the state of Illinois is on pace to enter Phase 3 of its reopening process on Friday. Lori Lightfoot indicated in plans released Tuesday that the city of Chicago will likely follow suit in early June, which is why the Bulls must still seek permission from city officials. 

Many Bulls, upon receiving clearance from the league in March, departed the Chicagoland area. In recent weeks, some in the area have visited the Advocate Center for treatment and rehab sessions with league permission, according to Johnson.

As of yet, there has been no public indication whether or not the Bulls will be involved in the NBA's eventual bid to relaunch its season. On that front, a litany of options remain on the table — some of which the Bulls would factor into.

The Bulls last played on March 10. The NBA suspended its season on March 11 after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.

Why Bulls-Pistons 1991 playoff walkoff remains iconic in Chicago sports history

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Why Bulls-Pistons 1991 playoff walkoff remains iconic in Chicago sports history

“Straight up bitches. That’s what they walked off like.”

Talk about a putback slam.

Horace Grant delivered one of the most powerful quotes of “The Last Dance” documentary.

The former Bulls power forward dunked all over the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons for walking off the floor in the waning moments of Game 4 of the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals.

Wednesday marks one of the most iconic anniversaries in Chicago sports history. On May 27, 1991, the Bulls beat the Pistons 115-94 en route to an emphatic series sweep. Just over two weeks later, they were NBA champions.

Up until “The Last Dance,” the most memorable takeaway from that Game 4 victory wasn’t necessarily a key play or a postgame quote. It was a number: 7.9.

That’s the amount of seconds that were left on the clock when Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer and company ducked past the Bulls bench—without so much as a handshake— and eventually out of sight at the Palace in Auburn Hills.

It is one of the most iconic images in the Chicago sports canon. One could argue it belongs on a Bulls “Mount Rushmore” of images with, perhaps, Michael Jordan’s free throw line dunk in the 1988 Slam Dunk Content Or MJ weeping while holding the Larry O’Brien trophy after the ’91 Finals win over the Lakers. Or his final shot against the Jazz in 1998.

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What transpired in suburban Detroit on that Memorial Day was more than just a victory or even a series sweep. It was a passing of the torch. Or, maybe, the Pistons’ torch was simply doused a’la the Wicked Witch of the West. Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson and company caused the “Bad Boys” to melt under the lights of a national TV broadcast and ensuing media scrutiny. 

Many Chicago fans remember the brutal, sometimes bloody Bulls-Pistons games in the handful of years up until that Monday in Motown. The Bulls lost three consecutive playoff series against the Pistons, two of which came in the conference finals. The victory was not just a flag-planting in the ground. It was a relief.

And with that win, the Bulls took more of the Chicago sports spotlight. The Ditka-era Bears were fading. The Cubs were mediocre at best. The White Sox were on the rise but were still a few years away. The Blackhawks finished first in the Norris Division that year but were bounced quickly in the playoffs. The Bulls were THE story in town.

Imagine if the Pistons had won that ’91 playoff series. That would have made four consecutive playoff headaches courtesy of the Pistons. Do the Bulls rise up again? Do the Bulls even end up getting to the 1992 NBA Finals?

Be thankful for that day in Detroit.

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