Report: Bulls trying to create cap space to sign Dwyane Wade

Report: Bulls trying to create cap space to sign Dwyane Wade

The Bulls are reportedly attempting to make room to sign Dwyane Wade.

According to a report from The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls are attempting to trade veteran players — specifically Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy — in hopes of creating enough cap space to sign Wade, a Chicago native and three-time NBA champion, who is "serious" about joining the Bulls.

Reports involving Wade and the Bulls have been coming in at top speed. Earlier Wednesday, the Bulls reportedly were forced to cancel a meeting with Wade due to continual flight delays, and later Wednesday, it was reported they remained significant involved in attempting to sign the 34-year-old.

Wade is a 12-time All Star who has spent his entire career with the Miami Heat. He won his first NBA title alongside Shaquille O'Neal in 2006 and won two more in 2012 and 2013 after LeBron James and Chris Bosh took their talents to South Beach.

Wade has not been known as the most durable player over the course of his career, playing in just 308 of the Heat's 410 regular-season games over the past five seasons. His 19 points per game last season matched the lowest scoring average since his rookie season, same with his 4.6 assists per game.

The two players mentioned by Wojnarowski as potential trade candidates, Calderon and Dunleavy, have a combined 25 seasons of NBA experience. Calderon was acquired earlier this offseason in the trade that sent Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. Dunleavy has spent the past three seasons with the Bulls, only playing in 31 games last season.

Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut


Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

The Bulls couldn't have known it at the time, but when LeBron James blocked a Derrick Rose 3-point attempt in the final seconds of Game 5 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, it was the closest those Bulls would ever get to the promised land.

It happened on May 26, 2011, seven long, long, long years ago today.

The game was an ugly one and certainly a fourth quarter the Bulls would love to have back. They took a 12-point lead on a Ronnie Brewer 3-pointer with 3:53 remaining. The Heat closed the game on a 19-4 run, with James' emphatic block on Rose the lasting image of the series.

James finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, and added six assists, three steals and two blocks in 46 minutes.

Rose went just 9-for-29, finishing the series shooting 35 percent from the field after being named league MVP over James.

It's probably unfair to say James and James alone shut the Bulls' championship window. Rose's ACL tear the following postseason realistically was the biggest culprit. But these Bulls had won 62 games, had homecourt advantage, had the MVP, the Coach of the Year and all the momentum. And still they couldn't get it done against James.

That win also sent James to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007. He's been there every year since, though that could change as he faces the Celtics on Sunday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson scored 10 of 12 points for the Bulls during a fourth quarter run in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals, the series clincher, and famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch that series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.