Bulls GM Marc Eversley on Lonzo’s knee: ‘All reports are good’

Per Eversley, Lonzo has been working out and rehabbing back home in Los Angeles.

Lonzo Ball’s first season in the Windy City didn’t necessarily go as planned, which makes this offseason important for the fifth-year guard out of UCLA.

Following Thursday night’s NBA draft, Bulls GM Marc Eversley spoke to the media about their selection of Dalen Terry along with Zach LaVine’s pending free agency and an update on Lonzo Ball’s knee injury.

“All reports are good,” Eversley said.

Ball underwent surgery in late-January to repair a small meniscus tear in his left knee, which forced him out for the remainder of the season after being unable to ramp up his rehab due to discomfort in his knee. Lonzo’s father, LaVar, felt that the Bulls ramped up Lonzo’s rehab too soon and were ‘training him the wrong way.’

Eversley followed up with stating that he ‘certainly hopes’ that Lonzo will be ready for training camp.

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Bulls GM Marc Eversley has ‘every intention’ of resigning Zach LaVine

LaVine is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Zach LaVine has a career altering decision to make this offseason.

The two-time All-Star is set to become an unrestricted free agent and will have several suitors to attempt to sign him away from the Chicago Bulls.

Following the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday, Bulls GM Marc Eversley spoke to the media, which included his thoughts on LaVine’s pending free agency, stating that the team has ‘every intention’ to resigning LaVine.

“We’re prepared to do what it would take to bring Zach back,” Eversley said.

In exit interviews, LaVine spoke highly of his relationship with the front office and his love for Chicago and his teammates but also stated his excitement to partake in free agency for the first time.

Though in recent reports, LaVine is expected to return to the Bulls.

Check out Eversley’s full media availability from Thursday below.

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Dalen Terry says he’s ‘willing to do anything to win’ with the Bulls

Chicago’s first-round selection at No. 18 wants to win in a Bulls uniform.

The Chicago Bulls are trying to get back to their winning ways, and their first-round draft pick is ready to help them do so.

With the No. 18 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Bulls selected Arizona wing Dalen Terry.

Speaking to the media following the selection, Terry spoke on his fit with the Bulls and his willingness to help this team win.

“I feel like I fit in perfectly. I’m a lengthy guard willing to do anything to win.”

Terry said once he worked out for the Bulls, he knew he wanted to be in the Windy City.

The former Wildcat brings a versatile skillset to the Bulls with his ability to move without the basketball and cut on offense while defending multiple positions with his athletic ability.

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Bulls pick Arizona wing Dalen Terry at No. 18 in the 2022 NBA draft

Chicago adds to their wing depth with the versatility of Terry.

The Chicago Bulls added some much needed wing depth with their first-round pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Chicago selected Arizona wing Dalen Terry with the No. 18 pick in the middle of the first-round.

Terry brings a versatile skillset to the Bulls with his ability to move without the basketball and cut on offense while defending multiple positions with his athletic ability. The former Wildcat will be able to contribute off the bench alongside 2021 draft pick Ayo Dosunmu for head coach Billy Donovan.

In his sophomore season at Arizona, Terry averaged 8.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 36.4% from 3-point range.

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ESPN’s latest mock draft has Bulls picking Ohio State’s Malaki Branham

The Bulls hold the No. 18 pick in the first-round.

With the NBA draft set for Thursday, fans around the world are checking the latest mock drafts to see who their favorite team is projected to pick.

For the Chicago Bulls, they hold the No. 18 pick in the first-round.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony released his latest mock, which had the Bulls select Ohio State freshman Malaki Branham with the No. 18 pick.

Givony on Branham:

“Rival teams say the Bulls aren’t in love with their options here, and they are open to trading the pick, potentially in a package with combo guard Coby White. If they stand pat, the upside offered by Branham could be attractive, as he has a strong case to be considered the most talented prospect on the board. Branham’s combination of size, frame, length, scoring instincts and shot-making prowess off the dribble (44% FG%) and with his feet set (43%) look seamlessly translatable to what the NBA is looking for at his position. He plays with a unique combination of aggressiveness and poise for a player who just turned 19, and his impressive strides as the season moved on, facilitating more for others and showing competitiveness defensively one-on-one, give him a high ceiling as a prospect.”

With rumors circling that the Bulls are dangling Coby White and the No. 18 pick, the likelihood that Chicago keeps their pick is up in the air but if Branham was the pick, as Givony said, the Buckeye would give Billy Donovan another versatile threat on the offensive end with the competitive chops on the defensive end to be an above average two-way player.

In his freshman year at Ohio State, Branham averaged 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 41.6% from 3-point range.

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Stein: Bulls are ‘at the front of the line’ to acquire Rudy Gobert

Adding the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year would drastically bolster Chicago’s defense.

The Chicago Bulls are one of the more fascinating teams to watch this offseason.

As two-time All-Star Zach LaVine is set to hit unrestricted free agency, most signs point to him remaining in the Windy City.

But, if the Bulls want to make a serious playoff push next season, bringing back the same troops won’t cut it.

In comes the Rudy Gobert rumors.

NBA Insider Marc Stein and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor hopped on Spotify Live on Monday to discuss all things free agency and the NBA draft, which included some talk about the Bulls and their interest in the Jazz big man.

Stein:

“Like I said, they are the team that people talk about most with Utah but I can’t sit here and handicap it…Chicago is certainly near or at the front of the line but I don’t think we can say it’s for sure going to happen at this point.”

Kevin O’Connor followed up with his thoughts on why Chicago should be go ‘all in’ on Gobert. “It’ll be very interesting to see though because he makes a heck of a lot of sense for that roster addresses all of their needs. The Bulls should be all in on Gobert.”

The presence of Gobert in the middle would certainly solidify the defense and rim protection for the Bulls along with the perimeter defense of Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso.

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Aggregate NBA mock draft 7.0: Ousmane Dieng moves into lottery, Jalen Williams top 20; trade talks

The NBA Draft is less than a week away, with more potential big trades on the horizon following the Christian Wood acquisition by the Dallas Mavericks, as noted throughout our new HoopsHype aggregate mock draft. To get a better projection of where …

The NBA Draft is less than a week away, with more potential big trades on the horizon following the Christian Wood acquisition by the Dallas Mavericks, as noted throughout our new HoopsHype aggregate mock draft.

To get a better projection of where all of the projected top prospects stand currently, we compiled mock drafts from ESPN, The Athletic, Bleacher Report, The Ringer, Sports Illustrated, NBADraft.net, CBS Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo, Basketball News, and USA TODAY’s For The Win.

The most notable risers within the projected lottery selections included Dyson Daniels moving up further within the top 10 picks, Ousmane Dieng becoming a projected lottery pick, and Jalen Williams vaulting into the Top 20 range. Jake LaRavia and Dalen Terry, two of the biggest risers throughout the draft process, have moved into the late first round.

Other risers in the second round include Ryan Rollins, Andrew Nembhard, David Roddy, John Butler, Michael Foster, Gabriele Procida, and Dereon Seabron.

The notable name that fell was MarJon Beauchamp, who now is projected outside the top 20 picks despite receiving a green room invite. Josh Minott and Jean Montero were among those whose stock fell in the second round.

NOTE: These rankings reflect the composite score to get a feel for the overall consensus, not our own opinion. For example, if a player was the first pick on a publication’s mock draft, he received 58 points. If a player was second, he received 57 points and so on. We then tabulated the total number of points for each player’s consensus ranking. 

HoopsHype’s Alberto de Roa contributed research to this report

Report: Bulls exploring trade market for Nikola Vucevic and Coby White

Chicago has been rumored to be interested in acquiring Utah’s Rudy Gobert.

The Chicago Bulls are one of the most interesting teams to watch coming into this offseason.

With the pending free agency of Zach LaVine, the Bulls find themselves in a crucial decision making process for their franchise going forward.

Along with LaVine’s decision comes numerous trade rumors. Reported by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the Bulls continue to ‘explore the trade market’ throughout their roster, including upgrading at center.

Fischer writes:

Meanwhile, the Bulls remain invested in finding the optimal frontcourt lynchpin to pair with LaVine and DeRozan. Chicago continues to explore the trade market for two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, sources said. It has registered interest in Rudy Gobert, but the Bulls do not appear willing to include Patrick Williams alongside Vucevic in a trade package for Gobert, sources told B/R.

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Parting with the youth and upside of Williams is a call that the front office will have to decide on, especially if it brings back a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year in return.

Fischer added that the Bulls are ‘actively discussing’ deals revolving around guard Coby White and the No. 18 pick in the 2022 NBA draft. White is set to become a free agent next offseason.

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Report: Zach LaVine expected to resign with Chicago Bulls

Sources say the two-time All-Star is staying in the Windy City.

Despite all the rumors and speculation going into Zach LaVine’s pending unrestricted free agency, it looks like he may be staying put.

Reported by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, once the free agency negotiation period begins on June 30, sources around the league expect LaVine to resign with the Bulls.

Fischer writes:

LaVine’s free agency has generated plenty of conversation among NBA personnel over the past few weeks. But despite rumblings that the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers will make plays for LaVine, the coveted swingman is likely to remain with his current team.

Fischer added that the finishing touches to LaVine returning to Chicago would be ‘centered on the fifth year of the contract,’ which the two-time All-Star is eliginle for a five-year deal worth roughly $200 million.

NBA Insider Marc Stein recently said on a Spotify Live that teams around the league felt LaVine was ‘in play’ this offseason but the situation certainly remains fluid and in Chicago’s favor if they’re offering that fifth year.

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Aggregate NBA mock draft 6.0: Dyson Daniels moves into top 10; Christian Wood trade rumors

Following the withdrawals of several prospects, the aggregate NBA mock draft has shifted noticeably, and more intel on teams have surfaced with the draft nearing. To get a better projection of where all of the projected top prospects stand …

Following the withdrawals of several prospects, the aggregate NBA mock draft has shifted noticeably, and more intel on teams have surfaced with the draft nearing.

To get a better projection of where all of the projected top prospects stand currently, we compiled mock drafts from ESPN, The Athletic, Bleacher Report, The Ringer, Sports Illustrated, NBADraft.net, CBS Sports, SB Nation, Yahoo, Basketball News, and USA TODAY’s For The Win.

The most notable risers within the projected lottery selections included Keegan Murray leaping Shaedon Sharpe into the top five range, Dyson Daniels entering the top 10, and Malaki Branham cracking the end of the lottery. Dalen Terry also vaulted 12 spots since our last aggregate mock draft and is currently positioned as an early second-round pick.

Some of the more notable names that fell slightly included TyTy Washington, Max Christie and Leonard Miller.

NOTE: These rankings reflect the composite score to get a feel for the overall consensus, not our own opinion. For example, if a player was the first pick on a publication’s mock draft, he received 58 points. If a player was second, he received 57 points and so on. We then tabulated the total number of points for each player’s consensus ranking.

HoopsHype’s Alberto de Roa contributed research to this report