McDermott, Portis headline Bulls' Summer League roster


McDermott, Portis headline Bulls' Summer League roster

The Bulls announced their official Summer League roster, headlined by first round draft picks Bobby Portis (2015) and Doug McDermott (2014). Fred Hoiberg will coach the 12-man roster.

The Bulls begin play on July 11 against first overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves at 5:30 p.m. CT. They'll then square off against the Toronto Raptors on July 12 at 5 p.m. CT, followed by a date with the Brooklyn Nets on July 14 at 4 p.m. After those three preliminary games the Bulls will be seeded in a 24-team tournament to determine the champion on July 20. Each team is guaranteed at least five games.

Here's a look at the Bulls Summer League roster.

Cameron Bairstow, F, New Mexico

The first-year power forward appeared in 18 games for the Bulls last year, including one start. 

Vander Blue, G, Marquette

A former teammate of Jimmy Butler's at Marquette, the second-year guard played in two games for the banged up Lakers. He went for 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in 48 minutes against the Kings on April 15.

Cristiano Felicio, F, Brazil

The 6-foot-9 Felicio went undrafted in 2015. He averaged 5.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in 48 games for Flamengo in the Brazillian NBB League. Flamengo won the 2014-15 championship.

Ramon Galloway, G, La Salle

The A-10's second leading scorer in 2013, the 6-foot-3 guard has played overseas the past two seasons. He competed with the Nuggets during the 2013-14 Summer League.

Diante Garrett, G, Iowa State

A former Cyclone under Fred Hoiberg, Garrett appeared in 71 games for the Utah Jazz last season, aceraging 3.5 points and 1.7 assists in 14.8 minutes per game.

Amere May, G, Delaware State

The MEAC's leading scorer as a senior, the 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 21.0 points and 2.6 assists per game before going undrafted in 2015.

Doug McDermott, F, Creighton

The Bulls' 2014 first-round pick will get an extended look from Hoiberg after appearing in just 36 games as a rookie.

Tyrus McGee, G, Iowa State

Another Cyclone under Hoiberg, McGee played in Germany and Italy last season, averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28 games.

Bobby Portis, F, Arkansas

The Bulls' 2015 first-round pick averaged 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds as a sophomore at Arkansas and was named the SEC Player of the Year.

T.J. Price, G, Western Kentucky

The 6-foot-4 Price led C-USA in 3-point field goal percentage (41.3 percent), averaging 17.1 points and 4.0 assists before going undrafted in 2015.

Rayvonte Rice, G, Illinois

The Fighting Illini's leading scorer a year ago (16.5 points per game) also shot 47 percent from the field, including better than 43 percent from beyond the arc in 2014-15.

Darrell Williams, F, Texas A&M-Commerce

A Chicago native, Williams averaged 18.5 points and 12.4 rebounds in 32 games for the Division II Lions.

Report: Butler camp upset with "ownership mouthpieces"


Report: Butler camp upset with "ownership mouthpieces"

In a report released Friday morning, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley stated that sources close to Jimmy Butler's camp think that "ownership mouthpieces" have "manufactured" rumors that Butler's number one concern in demanding a trade was money.

In response, the Butler camp has stated that Butler's reasons for wanting to leave are about having a serious shot at competing:

According to the source, this is about a philosophy in making an impact in the Western Conference, and in Butler’s mind you can’t run down a dynasty like Golden State when two of the so-called dogs in the pack are in fact kittens.

-Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley

With the nature of public trade demands, it is tough to sort out what is true. And with Butler helping Minnesota end the NBA's longest playoff drought, it is clear that the Timberwolves have enough talent to be a playoff contender.

None of the team's on Butler's list of preferred destinations would have a serious shot at taking down the Warriors, or even making an Eastern Conference playoff run.

From the outside, it would appear that reported friction between Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns is the true reason the rift has become this big of an issue. But Butler maintains that this is not the case.

If Butler is not moved by Monday's media day in Minnesota, things could get (even more) messy.

With the ongoing public feuds between Andrew Wiggins and Stephen Jackson, the Butler camp and the TWolves organization, and the Towns contract extension situation, more drama is the last thing Minnesota  needs.

Thibodeau doesn't want to trade Jimmy Butler, owner Glen Taylor getting involved


Thibodeau doesn't want to trade Jimmy Butler, owner Glen Taylor getting involved

The Jimmy Butler saga continued on Friday, taking an interesting turn when ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Minnesota's front office had not been trying hard to trade Butler, but that in fact, they were doing quite the opposite:  

It is quite easy to believe that President of Basketball Operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau would be reluctant to move him.

They have an extensive history together, and Butler was the driving force behind Minnesota ending the NBA's longest playoff drought. But the thought of holding on to Butler past Monday's media day seems outrageous given the amount of negative attention already surrounding the franchise. 

Thibodeau is the decision-maker in this matter, but Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor could step in should this situation drag on longer, as he has in the past. Taylor gave the final OK when the franchise traded past stars Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love, and he will certainly get involved if Thibodeau is turning down quality trade offers. And reports state that Taylor is getting involved, as they likely try to get a deal done soon.

Thibodeau has multiple years left on his contract, so it is unlikely Minnesota lets him go, even if he takes a decidedly anti-trade stance on Butler.

Butler has made his list of preferred teams known, but as we saw in the Kyrie Irving deal, those list rarely are a factor. No matter what, it will be tough for Minnesota to get a deal comparable to what Chicago received for Butler, seeing as he is now older, and still somewhat injury-prone. But making sure to wait for the best trade available will heavily impact the long-term outlook of the Timberwolves.

Denying that you have interest in trading a player who has publicly demanded a trade is perhaps the most on-brand thing Thibodeau has ever done. But for once, he may be thinking about the future, as this lack of interest in trading Butler could just be a tactic to further drive up the asking price. 

Either way, stay Thibs, Thibs.