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Could Derrick Rose return to the Bulls? "Never say never," says agent BJ Armstrong

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Could Derrick Rose return to the Bulls? "Never say never," says agent BJ Armstrong

Could a Derrick Rose return to the Bulls be a reality next season? Rose’s agent (and former Bull) BJ Armstrong hinted at nothing being off the table.

On Tuesday, in an interview on 670 The Score, Armstrong stated, “We'll see what the Bulls have. There's no secret, there's no doubt in his heart that Chicago will always be there. But we'll see.....certainly we'd be open to that conversation.”

Over 51 games in the 2018-19 season, Rose averaged 18.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.3 APG and shot a career-best 37.0 percent from the 3-point line.

Armstrong was on the latest episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast, and said “Never say never.....that would be an incredible ending,” to the idea of Rose coming back to play for his hometown team.

Rose’s production this year certainly indicated that he can still produce at a high level in the right role, and the Bulls have publicly talked about still evaluating the point guard position on their roster.

Kris Dunn (11.3 PPG, 6.0 APG) has been solid but the improvement in his 3-point percentage has come while attempting 38 less 3-pointers than last season.

Ryan Arcidiacono and to a lesser extent, Walt Lemon Jr. have shown enough positives that indicate they are capable of being solid rotation guards. But all that being said, it is no doubt that Rose would be a welcome addition and huge boon to the Bulls backcourt.

The Bulls are slotted into the 4th spot in the NBA Draft lottery, and on May 14 will have a much better idea of if they will be able to address their point guard need on draft night. That will play as much of a role as anything in whether or not a Rose-Bulls reunion is on the table.

To hear more of Armstrong’s words on Rose’s bounceback season in Minnesota and the possibility of returning to the Bulls, you can check out the latest Bulls Talk Podcast here or below.

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NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

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NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

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Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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