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How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

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How Bulls helped Thunder pull off blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade

For all the Bulls fans who wanted to see the organization pull off a Carmelo Anthony trade over the years, they just got their wish.

Well, sort of.

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have agreed to a blockbuster trade which will send Anthony to the Thunder for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and the Bulls' 2018 second-round pick.

Coincidentally, the Bulls traded a comparable package to what the Thunder just surrendered for the 10-time NBA All-Star.

Just before the NBA's trade deadline last February, the Bulls sent McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round draft choice to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.

As the Thunder load up for a postseason run in the Western Conference, the Bulls are in the midst of rebuilding year after trading Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason and not having much to show from their previous trade with the Thunder.

The Bulls let Lauvergne and Morrow depart via free agency this offseason, while Payne will start the season on the shelf after undergoing foot surgery.

After the deal becomes official via a league call on Monday, Anthony will join reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and All-Star Paul George in Oklahoma City.

The 33-year-old Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Knicks last season.

Devin Booker doesn't like double teams in open gyms...and Joakim Noah doesn't care

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Devin Booker doesn't like double teams in open gyms...and Joakim Noah doesn't care

There's a viral video making rounds on the internet this morning that will make you fall in love with Joakim Noah all over again.

In the video, Suns guard Devin Booker is complaining about getting double-teamed during an open gym pick-up game.

The double team - who, ironically enough, was Tony Snell coming over to trap Booker in the corner - was sent by Noah, who doesn't appear to care all that much that Booker is upset. Here's the exchange after Booker loses the ball out of bounds.

Booker: "Hey, bro. We're not doubling in open gym, bro."

Noah: "Yeah, we are."

Booker: "I get that s--t all season, bro. C'mon."

Noah: "Yeah, we are."

Booker: "Let's work on our game, bro."

Noah: "Yeah, we are."

Booker: "Let's work on our game."

Noah: "It's part of the game."

Booker: "Running a double in open gym?"

Noah: "Yep."

We haven't run an open gym with NBA players in a while, so maybe Booker is correct that double teams are a bit aggressive for an NBA pick-up game. Then again, if Booker says he's seeing double teams all season, wouldn't he want to work on that part of his game in the offseason?

Also, Joakim Noah forever.

Bulls guard Zach LaVine works out at Stance Socks Headquarters with Darren Collison

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Bulls guard Zach LaVine works out at Stance Socks Headquarters with Darren Collison

Zach LaVine has been getting in great work all summer long and he kept it up on Monday, working out at the Stance Socks Headquarters in San Clemente, CA. 

LaVine's workout was with 'Pro's Vision', which included UCLA alumni Darren Collison, who was believed to be headed to the Bulls before he abruptly retired this offseason

This offseason Pro Vision has also worked out with New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball in an effort to help him diversify his game ahead of a crucial season for him in a new setting. 

LaVine will be looking to have an improved year after a solid 2018-19 season, in which LaVine averaged a career-best 23.7 PPG while playing over 2000 minutes for just the second time in his career. 

Heading into the 2019-20 season the Bulls are dealing with higher expectations but should be able to meet them reasonably, as they have added veterans Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky to a roster full of young talent.

LaVine should take a step forward in the 2019-20 season and with an increase in either his playmaking, scoring efficiency and/or overall scoring output, we could see him make an All-Star leap as the 2020 All-Star Weekend takes place in Chicago. 

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