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Bulls PG Dunn out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn, who made his season debut Monday, will miss four to six weeks with a moderate MCL sprain, the team announced.

LaVine rises over defenders and slams it home (0:16)

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Bulls sign PG Shaquille Harrison to a two-year minimum contract. His 2018-19 salary has $250,000 guaranteed. His 2019-20 salary has $175,000 guaranteed if he's not waived before 8/15/19, per league sources. Bulls are also leaning toward using the stretch provision on Omer Asik.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Lauri Markkanen is walking around the practice facility this morning without a brace and was not wearing it at the game last night. Fred Hoiberg says the forward is looking at the same timetable for a return (mid-November) but seeing him without a brace is a "relief." He is doing range of motion work.

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Bulls waive Asik, may owe him $14.3 million

Center Omer Asik, who never played for Chicago after he was ruled out indefinitely with inflammatory arthritis in September, was waived by the Bulls on Sunday. The Bulls will owe Asik $14.3 million unless a team claims him off waivers.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Chicago makes it official on the Omer Asik waiver. The Bulls will now incur a $11.3M cap hit this season on the center. Asik had $3M guaranteed for 2019-20 and Chicago will now have the option of stretching that amount over the next three seasons (starting in 2019-20). Cap space for Bulls next summer is fluid based on the $20M team option of Jabari Parker. With Parker on the roster, Chicago projects to have between $25-30M in room. Without the forward and room will increase to $45M. The projected cap space takes into account the $7.5M Bobby Portis free agent hold.

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Griffin, Smith lead Pistons over Bulls 118-116

Blake Griffin had 33 points and 12 rebounds, Ish Smith scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including the game-winning basket, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Bulls 118-116 on Saturday night in Chicago's home opener.

LaVine ties it up in final 30 seconds of action (0:32)

Malika Andrews ESPN 

I asked Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg why Wendell Carter Jr. — one of the stronger defenders — wasn't on the court on the Ish Smith play that would end up being the game winner. He said, "They were small. So we went with a group that we felt got us back into the game and gave us a chance to win."

Carter's first points at home a two-handed jam (0:17)

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Fred Hoiberg says Kris Dunn is going to meet the team in Dallas for Monday's game and will be eligible to play that day. He will miss today's home opener (his girlfriend gave birth this week).

Lopez takes on another mascot (0:22)

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Bulls injury update against the 76ers: Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play tonight. Cristiano Felício (ankle) felt good in practice and if he continues to, he will be in uniform tonight. Lauri Markkanen (elbow) and Omer Asik (inflammatory arthritis) are also out.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Fred Hoiberg says Kris Dunn is excused for tonight's game against the 76ers for a "personal matter." Cam Payne will start in his place. The incident causing Dunn's absence occurred yesterday (Wednesday). Hoiberg said it's too early to determine whether Dunn will return for Saturday's game.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Fred Hoiberg explains why he chose to stick with Portis, Dunn, Carter, LaVine and Holiday — not Parker — as his starting line up against Philadelphia: "In the preseason, I thought we played our best game against Indiana, or certainly our most complete game defensively, it was our best effort. We had three good defensive quarters against Denver. Now, going on the road against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference — very powerful team that's got a couple players that are unlike any other in this league in their home opener — it's going to be a great challenge for us, but just the way we went out early and competed (in the preseason games), I like the way it looked. We got Jabari going a little bit in that last game, running some different things with him as the facilitator, so I just like the look of it and that's most likely how we're going to start tomorrow."

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Agent: Portis, Bulls fail to reach extension

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis will likely become a restricted free agency in July, failing to reach a rookie contract extension before the Monday afternoon deadline, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Zach LaVine on Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins' work ethic: Kat (Towns) and Wigs (Wiggins) are some of my good friends. Wigs just had his newborn baby and congratulations to him on that. And Kat is a really laid back dude, but they are extremely competitive at the same time. They work hard. I feel like they are getting some flack in the media because some people are saying they don't work hard. People in the organization are saying that. But I think they are extremely hard workers. Whenever I am in the gym, they are too. I have seen Wigs go back late night after games that he didn't play well and go get shots up too. So, I think they are proven players in the NBA for sure. I think they will be just fine."

Malika Andrews ESPN 

I asked Zach LaVine if he is paying attention to the events unfolding with his former team in Minnesota. He said: "I feel like everybody is paying attention to it at some point because it goes across your ticker so much right now. But they are in a situation, I feel like that is professional sports though. You get hit with adversity. They are dealing with it the way they feel is best."

LaVine spins in reverse layup (0:20)
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Rebounds Per Game38.029th
Assists Per Game24.014th
Points Allowed120.022nd

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Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-1903.000
2017-182755.329
2016-174141.500
2015-164240.512
2014-155032.610