Moore waived by Rockets, Bulls interested


Moore waived by Rockets, Bulls interested

The Houston Rockets announced this morning they had waived guard E'Twaun Moore, who came to the team in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics for shooting guard Courtney Lee.
The Rockets also acquired forward JaJuan Johnson, Sean Williams and a future second round draft pick, while the Rockets signed the 25-year-old Lee to a four-year, 21.5 million contract.
The move is noteworthy because Moore has long been linked to the Bulls. The 6-foot-4 East Chicago native reportedly has interest in signing with Chicago once he clears waivers.
Last year, the 23-year-old Moore appeared in 38 games for the Celtics, averaging 2.9 points in 8.7 minutes per game as a second round draft pick (No. 55 overall).
Moore led the Celtics with 14.0 points per game in five Summer League games in Orlando earlier this month. He then averaged 17.0 points per game in two Summer League games in Las Vegas, including a 25-point, 7-rebound performance in a 79-74 win over the Bulls.
The Bulls have been active in recent weeks filling out a back court that lost C.J. Watson (Brooklyn), John Lucas III (Toronto), Ronnie Brewer (New York) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).
Guard Kirk Hinrich officially signed with the Bulls Monday, and shooting guard Marco Belinelli signed Tuesday. Stretch-forward Vladiminr Radmanovic signed last Thursday. The Bulls also used their first round pick on freshman point guard Marquis Teague, while Rip Hamilton remains in a back court looking for answers while Derrick Rose continues his left knee rehabilitation.

Trubisky tired of comparisons to Wentz, Goff

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Trubisky tired of comparisons to Wentz, Goff

Mitch Trubisky is a believer in the Chicago Bears new offense heading into 2018. He's been jacked up about coach Matt Nagy and his arsenal of new skill players all offseason, and on Thursday he gave reporters at Bears training camp an even greater description of what's to come.

"We're going to create our own identity and it's going to be something the Chicago Bears haven't seen for a while," he said.

That identity is expected to be something similar to what was seen in Kansas City last year when Nagy was calling plays. It was an offense that featured efficient quarterback play, the NFL's leading rusher, a high-flying playmaker at receiver and an All-Pro tight end. 

Not bad at all.

But don't ask Trubisky about comparisons to other teams, or, more specifically, comparisons centered around him and other young quarterbacks in the NFL.

"I'm tired of it all," Trubisky said of being compared to Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. "All the doubts, all the comparisons, tired of waiting, and excited that camp is here and ready for year two. All I can do is control my attitude & effort.

"I know who I am. I know what kind of player I can be. And I know my role on the team. I'm looking forward to proving that."

The weight of a city and a lot of jobs in the front office are on Trubisky's shoulders. He has the mental makeup to handle it, but he also hasn't been tested like he has this offseason when whispers questioning his long-term potential have begun in far corners of football media.

Trubisky has been set up for success in 2018. He's in a quarterback-friendly system with receivers who can make him a star. He should have little trouble proving his doubters wrong and finally showing Bears fans what it means to cheer for a fun and exciting offense.

Allen Robinson: 'I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go'

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Allen Robinson: 'I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go'

The good news about Allen Robinson continues to pour in.

This time, it's from Robinson himself, who declared Thursday at Chicago Bears training camp that he's 100 percent healthy and ready to go for practice, which gets underway Friday.

"I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go," he said. "It was all about getting ready for this time right here."

Robinson, who GM Ryan Pace signed to a three-year, $42 million deal in free agency, said his responsibility is to make Mitch Trubisky's job easier.

"I want Mitch [Trubisky] to go out there and play free and it's my job to make his easy."

Robinson certainly made Blake Bortles' job easy in 2015 when he went off for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. It's that kind of elite production that has Trubisky very excited about what the duo can do in Chicago. If Robinson can have that much success with a player like Bortles, who isn't exactly known for his accuracy, he should thrive with Trubisky whose throws hit the mark more often than not.

Coach Matt Nagy said the Bears are starting training camp healthy and that no players are expected on the PUP list. That's great news all around, but mostly for Robinson, whose long road to recovery finally appears behind him.