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ICYMI: Matt Nagy named Coach of the Year; Blackhawks asked Seabrook about waiving no-movement clause; Bulls willing to hear trade offers


ICYMI: Matt Nagy named Coach of the Year; Blackhawks asked Seabrook about waiving no-movement clause; Bulls willing to hear trade offers

Matt Nagy was named the 2018 NFL Coach of the Year, the Blackhawks reportedly asked Brent Seabrook if he would be willing to waive his no-movement clause and the Bulls are reportedly open to listening to trade offers for most players on their roster. Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:


Matt Nagy enjoyed a successful debut season in Chicago and put the NFL on notice. Saturday, Nagy was named the 2018 Coach of the Year at the NFL Honors following a 12-4 season and division championship. Former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was named the AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year on Saturday as well.

While the 2018 NFL season just ended, it's not too early to look ahead to 2019. According to a report, the Bears and Packers will play in the NFL's 2019 Thursday Kickoff Game in Chicago. 2019 is the NFL's 100th season and the Bears-Packers rivalry is the league's oldest.

Former Bear and Packer Julius Peppers announced his retirement on Friday after a 17-year career. 

Bears super-fan Don Wachter, aka "Bearman," was one of three fans elected into the "Hall of Fans" over the weekend.


According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Blackhawks asked defenseman Brent Seabrook if he'd be willing to waive his no-movement clause. Seabrook respectfully declined, though no trade was guaranteed had he said yes.

The Blackhawks won on Friday and Saturday to extend their winning streak to a season-high of four games. 

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Slavko Bekovic and Charlie Roumeliotis discuss their trip to Rockford, where they caught up with several Blackhawks prospects.


According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, the Bulls will listen to trade offers for anyone other than Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 7.

The Bulls made several moves on Friday, acquiring forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Thunder for a second round draft pick. In a corresponding move, the Bulls waived forward Carmelo Anthony 11 days after acquiring him.

On the latest Bulls Outsiders Podcast, Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 125-118 loss in Charlotte and the report that the team is open to trading Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn.


The Cubs made another low-key addition to their bullpen in former Rangers reliever Tony Barnette. Plus, Michael Kopech is optimistic about his Tommy John surgery recovery and future with the White Sox.

ICYMI: Cubs, White Sox go in opposite directions to start the first half


ICYMI: Cubs, White Sox go in opposite directions to start the first half

The Cubs swept the Pirates to open the second half while the White Sox went the other direction, getting swept in Oakland. Here are some Chicago sports stories from the weekend that you may have missed.


The Cubs beat the Pirates on Friday and then crushed them with seven runs in the first inning on Saturday. Jon Lester even got in the act with a home run. The win locked up the team's first series win in over a month.

On Sunday, the Cubs finished off the sweep behind a quality start from Jose Quintana. After the sweep, the Cubs had a simple explanation for why the team played better over the weekend.

White Sox

Oakland remains a house of horrors for the White Sox. The Sox began the second half with a 5-1 loss at the A's on Friday. Ivan Nova took the loss and A.J. Reed debuted at DH.

The next day, Dylan Covey returned from the IL. Covey's start did not go well in a lopsided loss.

Oakland finished the sweep off with a walk-off win on Sunday, but Reynaldo Lopez didn't allow an earned run in six innings.


The Bulls wrapped up Summer League play on Saturday. Coby White showed some glimpses of his playmaking ability in the finale against the Magic.

ICYMI: White Sox trending in the right direction; Cubs confident best is yet to come; Bulls rookies shine in Summer League


ICYMI: White Sox trending in the right direction; Cubs confident best is yet to come; Bulls rookies shine in Summer League

Here are some of the Chicago sports stories you may have missed from the weekend. 

White Sox

The White Sox have had a truly amazing first half of the season when compared to last year's struggles. Whether or not their overall record ends up being closer to last season's, the progress that the White Sox have seen from their young talent is real.

They notched a win over the Cubs in the fourth game of the Crosstown Classic series on Sunday, tying the series at two games apiece. Despite some continued struggles against the Cubs from All-Star Lucas Giolito, the Sox have overall played well the past week.

As Rick Hahn has stated before, the White Sox win total isn't as important as clear-cut development among the core players. Fortunately for White Sox fans, winning games and focusing on player development have gone hand in hand these days. 


The Cubs have had an up-and-down season so far but still, sit in the driver's seat in the NL Central.

The North Siders were in the midst of a four-game losing streak before bouncing back with consecutive wins over the Pirates and White Sox. The Cubs' win over the White Sox on July 6 contained a great six-inning outing from Jon Lester but the team still had their fair share of avoidable mistakes. The Cubs dropped the fourth game of the Crosstown Classic series, but still received a solid offensive contribution from rookie Robel Garica, who has been an awesome story for the Cubs.

There is an overall sense of optimism in the clubhouse, as the team feels the best is yet to come.


Summer League is not a major indicator of long-term success but it does help us get an idea of how a rookie's game will translate to the NBA. And so far, the Bulls have gotten to see how effective Coby White and Daniel Gafford can be as a duo. Jim Boylen has been very pleased with the overall direction of the team and with good reason after a solid offseason.

White has shown off a variety of nice step-back shots and been a true asset in the pick-and-roll game. Gafford has been a monster around the basket, blocking shots and moving his feet well when defending in the pick-and-roll. There is legitimate excitement surrounding the Bulls.

Between the return of Denzel Valentine and Chandler Hutchison, the free agent additions and another expected leap from Zach Laine and Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls are poised for a (within reason) bounce-back season in a weakened Eastern Conference.