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Could Bulls, Celtics revisit Jimmy Butler trade discussions?

Could Bulls, Celtics revisit Jimmy Butler trade discussions?

As the Bulls attempt to move on after one of the craziest weeks in franchise history, the future of the team is still murky.

The biggest question that still needs to be answered is what the Bulls intend to do with Jimmy Butler.

A report from K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune suggests the Bulls and Boston Celtics may revisit their trade talks with Butler as the central figure.

The two teams spoke over the summer and could pick up where they left off before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, Johnson writes.

The Celtics own the Brooklyn Nets' first-round picks in both 2017 and 2018 plus players like Jae Crowder, Butler's former college teammate at Marquette.

Butler still has two years left under team control after the 2016-17 season and a player option of $19.8 million for the 2019-20 season.

[SHOP: Gear up, Bulls fans!]

The Celtics woke up Tuesday morning second in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the sinking Cleveland Cavaliers and one game up on the Toronto Raptors.

The Bulls, meanwhile, sit at the No. 7 seed with a 24-25 record, only a half-game above the eight-seed Charlotte Hornets. The Milwaukee Bucks are just two games behind the Bulls and forcing Fred Hoiberg and Co. out of the playoffs altogether.

The Bulls are about to embark on a big test — a six-game road trip beginning Wednesday night against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Bulls and Celtics play Feb. 16 in the final game before the NBA trade deadline.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Coby White get a chance to start and Boylen's late game timeouts

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Coby White get a chance to start and Boylen's late game timeouts

NBC Sports Chicago podcast producer Tony Gill fills in for host Jason Goff and is joined by Bulls writer for NBC Sports Chicago Rob Schaefer and Bulls beat reporter for the Chicago Tribune Jamal Collier as they discuss Coby White's hot streak, the Kobe Bryant memorial service and Jim Boylen's late game timeout usage.

(2:12) - Kobe Bryant's memorial service was a reminder that he's gone

(10:30) - Jamal Collier's first impression of the 2019-2020 Bulls

(21:18) - Should Coby White start the remainder of the season?

(33:48) - Jim Boylen's timeouts and Zach LaVine's reaction to those timeouts

(47:06) - The 2019-2020 Milwaukee Bucks are one of the greatest teams in NBA history

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Michael Jordan delivers heart-wrenching eulogy for Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan delivers heart-wrenching eulogy for Kobe Bryant

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were more than competitors, more than peers... More than even friends. Jordan made as much clear in eulogizing Bryant at a public memorial for him and his daughter Gigi at Staples Center on Monday.

Amid a beautifully numbing overall ceremony, Jordan’s comments struck the perfect balance between reflective, hilarious, heart-warming and gut-wrenching. My words couldn’t possibly do it justice. Here are Jordan’s, in full:

 

“Maybe it would surprise people that Kobe and I are very close friends,” Jordan said. “Kobe was my dear friend, he was like a little brother. Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I. I just wanted to talk about Kobe.”

And so he did. Highlights included a perfectly-timed ‘Crying Jordan’ meme quip and Jordan recalling countless late-night (and early-morning) conversations with Bryant about everything from basketball to business to family. On a day meant to be a celebration of life, Jordan delivered a deeply intimate look into his and Bryant’s relationship, and all the ways Bryant inspired him. It was incredibly powerful.

 

“He wanted to be the best basketball player he could be. As I got to know him, I wanted the best big brother that I could be,” Jordan said.

That manifested in those aforementioned conversations, which Jordan said turned from an “aggravation” to a deep passion over the course of knowing Bryant.

“He knows how to get you in a way that affects you personally, even if he’s being a pain in the ass,” Jordan said. “But you always have a sense of love for him, and the way he can bring out the best in you. And he did that for me.

“I remember maybe a couple months ago, he sends me a text. And he said ‘I’m trying to teach my daughter some moves, and I don’t know what I was thinking or what I was working on, but what were you working on as you were growing up trying to work on your moves?’ I said ‘What age?’ He said: ‘12.’ I said, ‘At 12 I was trying to play baseball’... And this was at 2 o’clock in the morning. But the thing about him is we could talk about anything related to basketball and anything related to life.” 

Jordan’s most emotional moments of speaking came when he detailed Bryant’s passion for basketball and family, and his unwavering desire to make those around him better. Those are the things that will endure.

“When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died,” Jordan said. “I promise you, from this day forward, I will live with the memories of knowing that I had a little brother that I tried to help in every way I could.” 

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