Tuesday brought another busy day for the Bulls, who kept the door open with the Timberwolves about disgruntled All-Star forward Kevin Love while formally announcing the signings of Doug McDermott and Aaron Brooks.
The Bulls’ roster now stands at 12 and has fulfilled general manager Gar Forman’s oft-stated offseason goal of becoming deeper.
Nevertheless, the Bulls continue to monitor the Love trade talks that were placed firmly on the back burner during their free-agent pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. ESPN.com first reported the Bulls’ re-engagement, which a team source described as unlikely to trump the Cavaliers’ offer.
The Cavs could package two straight No. 1 overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins and future first-round picks. Yahoo Sports reported the Cavs are seeking additional trade pieces from other teams to comprise salary relief for the Timberwolves.
It’s believed the Timberwolves initially asked for All-NBA center Joakim Noah when the Bulls had preliminary talks regarding Love before the NBA draft in June. The Bulls highly value Noah and consider him a centerpiece.
The Bulls lost tradable assets when they waived the non-guaranteed contracts of Mike James, Ronnie Brewer and Lou Amundsen when the NBA opened its fiscal year July 10. They also packaged two first-round picks to move up to acquire McDermott’s rights.
The Tribune reported two weeks ago that Nikola Mirotic sought assurances for a long-term commitment from the Bulls before completing his buyout from Real Madrid.
Thus, the only logical remaining assets for the Bulls to trade are Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, the expiring contract of Mike Dunleavy, future picks and McDermott, who now can’t be traded for 30 days.
While Butler is due an extension that may prove too lucrative before the 2015-16 season, trading multiple wings would thin the Bulls further at that position. The Cavaliers are in the lead for Love.
As for McDermott, he signed his rookie scale contract.
“We’re very excited about the addition of Doug. We love the versatility of his game and his ability to shoot,” Forman said in a statement. “He’s a fit for our team and organization on many different levels.” Brooks signed a veteran’s minimum exception.
“We’re excited to add a player as experienced and talented as Aaron to our group,” Forman said.
Practice makes perfect: Butler joined McDermott on the 13-man roster for the USA Basketball Select team that will train with the national team at next week’s minicamp in Las Vegas. It’s McDermott’s second straight summer of participation.
“USA Basketball’s Select teams are critical for getting some of the game’s brightest and most promising young players experience at the USA National Team level, and getting them into our pipeline,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball National team director, in a statement.
Derrick Rose will be training with the national team in the hopes of making the 12-man roster that will compete in September’s FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain. Tom Thibodeau is Mike Krzyzewski’s assistant coach.
Gibson has previous experience, though not this summer, on the Select team. Rose also served as a previous Select team member before making the national team that won gold at the 2010 World championships in Turkey.
Harrison Barnes, the Warriors forward who was a high school teammate of McDermott’s in Ames, Iowa, is also on the Select team.
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