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Bulls' Robinson, Radmanovic excited about NBA's potential return to Seattle

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Bulls' Robinson, Radmanovic excited about NBA's potential return to Seattle

With reports that the Sacramento Kings could sell their franchise to a Seattle-based ownership group in the near future, two Bulls in particular were especially pleased with the news.

Seattle native Nate Robinson and Vladimir Radmanovic, a member of the SuperSonics the name of Seattles franchise until its 2008 move to Oklahoma City for the first five seasons of his career, shared their enthusiasm about professional basketball returning to the city.

For our city, its big-time. Theyve been waiting for that for a few years now and the fans pretty much got their prayers answered, so for me, of course Im happy, just because my familys out there. My kids love to watch me play basketball, so going back home for me, Ill be ecstatic, said Robinson, who grew up in Seattle, is the son of a former Seattle Seahawks football player and attended the University of Washington, which is located in Seattle. I went to Gary Paytons basketball camps, Shawn Kemps basketball camps, Detlef Schrempf, I did it all, so I grew up a big Sonic fan and Im happy theyre back.

I was kind of ticked off when the Sonics moved, but it happens. But be patient and now look, were back, added the Bulls backup point guard, who admitted that while he rooted for the Sonics in the 1996 NBA Finals, he wasnt heartbroken when they lost to the Bulls, due to being a Michael Jordan fan. They have to give the franchise back its original name, which was ceded by Oklahoma Citys ownership. Thats a must. It wouldnt be the same. Seattle Kings? No way. The city wouldnt let that happen.

Radmanovic chimed in: Im excited. Im glad they got the team back. That town deserves to have a basketball team and Im sure theyll make the best out of it.

It was great. I was lucky enough to be there with some great players and we had some success. Not as good as we wanted to be, but we had a lot of support from the people in Seattle, continued the seldom-used reserve, who had perhaps the best years of his career with the Sonics, playing alongside the likes of Ray Allen on the organizations last playoff team in Seattle. That was a little disappointing, knowing that Seattle had a great fanbase already and to take away a team from them was a bad thing to do, in my opinion. But obviously, not many people from Sacramento are going to be happy about taking a team from Sacramento, so thats how it goes.

Even Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau seemed pleased about the potential move, saying before Wednesday nights game, Its a great basketball city and I dont want to speculate on teams being sold until it happens, but Seattle itself is a great city and I think it would be great for the league, so hopefully, at some point, there will be a team there again.

Antoine Griezmann professes his love for Derrick Rose after winning World Cup

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Antoine Griezmann professes his love for Derrick Rose after winning World Cup

Antoine Griezmann, you just won the World Cup, what are you going to do next?

Apparently, profess his love for Derrick Rose.

In the celebrations of France winning the World Cup on Sunday, French forward Griezmann spotted his teammate Paul Pogba getting interviewed by FOX Sports. Recognizing this was the American audience, Griezmann took the mic from FOX's Jenny Taft and had one thing to say:

"I love Derrick Rose."

Griezmann, who scored a goal in France's 4-2 win against Croatia in the final, is a big NBA fan. He has been spotted at multiple games over the years, including Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cavs.

This also isn't the first time he has made a comment about D-Rose. He recently signed a contract extension with his club team, Atletico Madrid, but a year ago said the only way he would leave was to play with Rose.

"I would only leave Atleti to play with Derrick Rose," Griezmann said through translation.

In 2015 he posted an image of himself in a Derrick Rose Bulls jersey to his Instagram.

Later that year he took in a Bulls game and got a photo with Joakim Noah.

Maybe when the 27-year-old is ready to leave Europe, he will join a Major League Soccer team just so he can watch more NBA games.

UPDATE: Rose tweeted congratulations to Griezmann.

How Jabari Parker impacts Bulls’ salary cap in 2019

How Jabari Parker impacts Bulls’ salary cap in 2019

The Bulls ‘rebuild’ seems to be just a one-year experiment after the team signed Chicago native Jabari Parker to a two-year, $40-million dollar deal on Saturday. Although on first look Parker’s contract would seem to restrict what they can do in free agency next summer, the reality is that the 2nd year team option gives the Bulls plenty of flexibility with—or without- Parker next year.  

If the Bulls pick up the option on Parker, they will still be able to sign a max free agent next July if they make the right moves between now and July 1, 2019.

The NBA projects the 2019-20 cap will rise to $109 million, up from $101.9 million for the upcoming season. The league bases a ‘max’ salary on years of service. A 10-year vet like Kevin Durant is eligible for more ($38.2 million) than his teammate Klay Thompson ($32.7 million), an 8-year vet. If the Bulls keep Parker, they’ll enter free agency with approximately $15.4 million next summer—far short of the cap space needed for a player like Durant or Thompson, but that number is misleading. The $15.4 million also includes cap holds (salary slots assigned to a player based on several factors including previous year’s salary). The cap hold is designed to prevent teams from completely circumventing the soft cap model the league uses. The cap holds for Bobby Portis ($7.5 million) and Cameron Payne ($9.8 million) are just theoretical if the Bulls don’t sign either to a contract extension before the October 31, 2018 deadline. 

Let’s say the Bulls are in line to sign a star free agent like Thompson; all they would need to do is rescind any qualifying offer to Payne or Portis, and then renounce them as free agents. This would effectively take the cap holds off the Bulls’ cap sheet and give them approximately $32.7 million in cap space. Coincidently (or perhaps it’s no coincidence), that’s the exact salary a 7-9 year free agent like Thompson would command.

In order to create enough space for Durant and his increased ‘max’ slot, they would need to waive and stretch a player like Cristiano Felicio or incentivize a trade involving a player by attaching another asset in the deal, like a future 1st round pick.

If the Bulls decline the team option on Parker, then they will enter free agency with anywhere between $35 million and $53 million.