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Sources: Bulls targeting Hamilton

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Sources: Bulls targeting Hamilton

Updated: 11:26 p.m.

Sources with knowledge of the Bulls free-agency plans confirmed to CSNChicago.com Friday evening that the Bulls are targeting recently waived veteran shooting guard Rip Hamilton. The organization's pursuit of the longtime Piston was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

What appears to be an increasingly imminent addition to the roster coincides with Friday's decision to hold incumbent starter Keith Bogans out of the team's first practice on the opening day of training camp. Bogans was apparently upset with the decision, but in a statement released by the Bulls, general manager Gar Forman didn't rule out the return of Bogans, for whom the team holds a 1.73 million option for the season.

Hamilton was bought out by the Pistons earlier Friday and with other options headed elsewhere -- Caron Butler, who visited the Berto Center this week, signed with the Clippers, and Vince Carter, waived by the Suns, reportedly signed with Dallas -- the veteran might be Chicago's most realistic candidate to upgrade the team's perimeter firepower.

Players such as Jamal Crawford and Jason Richardson could command more money on the free-agent market than the mid-level exception the Bulls would be poised to offer.

Meanwhile, another free agent, Kurt Thomas, also remains in limbo. According to a source, the oldest player in the league is seeking the veteran minimum, which would be 1.35 million for a player with 10 years or more service in the NBA.

While Thomas would prefer to return to Chicago, other teams -- such as the size-deficient Trail Blazers, his hometown Mavericks and the Heat, the team which drafted him out of college -- are interested in acquiring him.

Outside of veteran journeyman Brian Scalabrine (who was invited to camp under a non-guaranteed contract; Chicago native Luther Head, another non-guaranteed invite, was apparently a no-show Friday), the Bulls don't have another big man behind starters Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, and young reserves Taj Gibson and Omer Asik.

Loyola's March Madness hero Donte Ingram will play with Bulls' Summer League team

Loyola's March Madness hero Donte Ingram will play with Bulls' Summer League team

Donte Ingram's 2018 keeps getting better and better.

The March Madness hero, who buried a game-winning 3-pointer in the first round of Loyola's win over Miami, will play on the Bulls' Summer League team.

Ingram, a Simeon Academy graduate, had himself an incredible senior season with the Ramblers, who advanced all the way to the Final Four as a No. 11 seed.

In five NCAA Tournament games Ingram averaged 7.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Ramblers. He also had 18 points in the MVC Conference Championship Game to secure the Ramblers' March Madness berth.

He'll join first-round draft picks Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison on the Las Vegas Summer League team, which will begin play early next month.

Here's why the Bulls didn't take Michael Porter Jr. last night

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Here's why the Bulls didn't take Michael Porter Jr. last night

There was angst and anger among the Bulls fan base following the team's selection of Wendell Carter in Thursday's NBA Draft. Though the team had been linked to Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. - and he was far and away the biggest fan favorite - the Bulls passed on the former No. 1 prospect, opting to play it safe and find a complement to Lauri Markkanen on the frontline.

Porter fell farther than just past the Bulls at No. 7. Cleveland opted for Collin Sexton. The Knicks and Sixers went with wings similar to Porter in Kevin Knox and Mikal Bridges.

Porter didn't hear his name called until the very last selection of the Lottery, with the Nuggets grabbing the 6-foot-10 scorer. It's a dice roll for Denver, but one it can afford after it won 47 games and was Game No. 82 away from making the postseason. They're a team on the rise that doesn't need an immediate contribution from a rookie. And that's good, because Porter might not be contributing at all in his rookie season.

Gar Forman and John Paxson were asked about whether Porter was in consideration at No. 7, and if his medicals played any part in the decision to pass.

And while Forman wouldn't address medical situations, he did say the Bulls were in contact with Porter throughout the draft process.

"We spent time with Mike, he’s a great young man," Paxson said. "We’re not gonna talk about medical things. We go through a diligent process every single year.

"This year we probably had more debate and dialogue as a staff. Varying degrees of opinion were really strong. We wish him the best out in Denver."

Paxson didn't say that "debate and dialogue" necessarily included Porter, but multiple reports said the Bulls weren't interested in Porter when it came down to choosing at No. 7.

And it makes sense. The Bulls are in a position where they're beginning to move along in their rebuild. They needed a contributor, and someone who could play right away. Porter wasn't that player, and he wasn't going to be a great fit with Markkanen and Zach LaVIne anyway.

It'll always be fun to think about what could have been, but the injury risk was simply too high for the Bulls to consider using an important 7th pick on a guy who might not play for 16 months.