A sports editor for CBSChicago.com and 670TheScore.com, Cody Westerlund also covers the Bulls. Prior to coming on board in January 2014, he previously had covered college and high school sports in the Champaign, Ill., and Ames, Iowa areas. Westerlund graduated from the University of Illinois in 2010 and lives on the North Side.
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Jimmy Butler is intent on being the Bulls’ leader and driving force.
“I feel great,” Noah says after knee issues slowed him in 2014-’15.
Rose underwent surgery Wednesday on an orbital fracture.
Health is once again a big worry, and opportunity awaits Doug McDermott and Niko Mirotic.
Rose says he wants to remain in Chicago, but he’s zeroed in on nabbing his fair share of money in a changing financial landscape.
“We don’t feel like there’s going to be any distraction,” Forman says.
Chicago will open the season against Cleveland on Oct. 27.
Butler’s a $95-million man and must carry a larger burden for Chicago.
Chicago will almost certainly have the NBA’s highest-paid backcourt in 2015-’16.
“He’s going to bring his hard hat every single day,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says of Portis.
The Bulls want free agent Mike Dunleavy back.
“Jimmy’s a huge, huge part of what we’re doing,” Forman says.
“He’s a guy we really think fits our team and the makeup of our team,” GM Gar Forman said.
The NBA Draft is Thursday evening, and Chicago is armed with just one pick — No. 22 overall.
How will Hoiberg utilize Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah?
“This is a perfect fit,” Bulls GM Gar Forman says.
Hoiberg wants to add a veteran assistant coach to his staff.
“There has to be a situation where you can have open dialogue,” John Paxson says.
GM Gar Forman admitted the Bulls already have an “informal” list in mind of coaching candidates.
After five successful-but-rocky seasons, Thibodeau’s run in Chicago is over.