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NBA teams can speak to free agents Monday

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NBA teams can speak to free agents Monday

Get ready to roll Bulls fans, the free agent frenzy is about to get under way.

Ken Berger at CBSSports confirmed that direct contact between NBA teams and free agents is allowed beginning Monday. Coaches and players will be able to have contact at practice facilities and coaches can give physicals to free agents but still can't oversee on-court workouts until training camp.

No oral or written agreements can be struck with free agents during this time because the lockout is technically still in effect. The players and owners hope to finalize everything by Thursday so the official free agency period can begin Friday. Until then, it's going to be a bumpy ride. Prepare for the rumor mills to rev up with talks of handshake deals in preparation for the plethora of contract reports expected Friday. Welcome back NBA.

Which free agent do you want to see in a Bulls uniform?

Dwyane Wade posts emotional video reacting to Kobe Bryant's death

Dwyane Wade posts emotional video reacting to Kobe Bryant's death

Former Bull and Chicagoland native Dwyane Wade posted an emotional video Sunday reacting to the death of Kobe Bryant.

"I came in the league and I chased him," Wade said. "That's who I chased. I wanted to be respected by him, and once I reached that level, I knew I did something.

"Kobe, thank you, man. Thank you for all the memories — we've got a lot of good ones. These tears that we cry, we're going to miss you. And it's not leaving today, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. We'll forever, forever miss you, man.

"You're a legend, you're an icon, you're a father, you're a husband, you're a son, you're a brother, you're a friend. Thank you for being my friend. I love you, brother."

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United Center pays tribute to Kobe Bryant following tragic passing

United Center pays tribute to Kobe Bryant following tragic passing

Lakers great Kobe Bryant tragically passed away Sunday in a helicopter accident which left eight others dead, including his daughter, Gianna.

The NBA is mourning the loss of Bryant, with teams honoring him league wide during Sunday's slate of games. The Bulls didn't have a game, though the United Center paid tribute to Bryant:

Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, with whom he had four daughters. He was 41 years old. Gianna was 13.

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