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Bulls officially sign 34-year-old Mohammed

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Bulls officially sign 34-year-old Mohammed

The Chicago Bulls officially ended the Omer Asik era on Tuesday, declining the Houston Rockets' offer sheet, and filled his replacement today, signing 14-year veteran center Nazr Mohammed. Terms of the contract were not announced, but Mohammed's deal is expected to be worth the veteran's minimum.
Mohammed played with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, appearing in 63 of 66 regular season games. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game, and appeared in eight Playoff games for the Western Conference champion Thunder.
Mohammed has made additional stops in Charlotte, Detroit, San Antonio, New York, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the No. 29 pick in the 1998 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.
The 34-year-old center will likely back up center Joakim Noah, who is still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered this post-season. Mohammed will take the place of Asik, who officially signed a three-year, 25.1 million deal with the Rockets on Wednesday.
The Bulls' inexpensive off-season now includes contracts with Mohammed, shooting guard Kirk Hinrich, forward Vladimir Radmanovic and shooting guard Marco Belinelli.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Guest Ricky O’Donnell on the future with Zach LaVine

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Guest Ricky O’Donnell on the future with Zach LaVine

Kevin Anderson is joined by SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell to talk Zach LaVine and the Bulls preseason.

0:55 - On Zach LaVine’s preseason and if he is the true star on this Bulls team

3:00 - What should we expect from LaVine this season?

4:45 - LaVine’s true ceiling is…

7:00 - Can LaVine be a top-3 scorer in the NBA?

9:15 - Concerns over Lauri Markkanen

12:40 - On the LaVine and Lauri 2-man game

15:50 - Ricky explains why he’s optimistic on the Bulls

17:25 - On Bulls depth and White vs. Dunn in rotation

21:15 - Expectations for Bulls win total this season

24:00 - Are Raptors likely to make the postseason?

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Zach LaVine is “tired of people talking sh*t about my defense” and working towards becoming an NBA All-Star

Zach LaVine is “tired of people talking sh*t about my defense” and working towards becoming an NBA All-Star

Zach LaVine is fed up with being underestimated and he’s going to do something about it. The Bulls guard has been having a strong pre-season so far but is looking to improve his skills as a two-way player.

“I’m just tired of people talking shit about my defense,” LaVine said. “I’ve always been a good on-ball defender. But there’s no reason I can be this good offensively and not be that on the defensive end.”

“I’m taking more pride in it,” he continued. “I’m pretty sure it’ll show. I’ll make sure of that.”

If you think LaVine sounds confident, he has good reason to be. Last season LaVine was one of only ten players to average at least 23 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, making him stand out as an elite player in the company of MVPs and All-Stars. LaVine’s personal triumphs, however, were overshadowed by the Bulls abysmal 22-60 record last season.

So far, this preseason LaVine has been looking better on defense, averaging 1.3 steals per game through three preseason games. Any improvements on defense will greatly help LaVine’s All-Star case.

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