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Who will have the ball in crunch time? Will the minutes of Butler and Wade be staggered?
“I put a lot of pressure on myself,” Hoiberg says.
Fowler and Zobrist have struggled in September, but Joe Maddon is confident they’ll find their rhythm.
After defining an era of Bulls basketball, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah return to the United Center with the Knicks on Nov. 4.
The Bulls will play at the Spurs on Christmas Day, while they host Tom Thibodeau and his Timberwolves on Dec. 13.
In 2015-’16, Wade averaged 30.5 minutes per game, the fewest of his career.
What’s clear is that the Wade experience is going to make for a good show.
Wade wouldn’t have joined the Bulls if it wasn’t for Butler, he said.
“I know it’s a business,” Butler says. “If it happens, it happens. But I’m here.”
“With their winning mentality, I think I can learn a lot from those guys,” Butler says of Wade and Rondo.
With Aroldis Chapman on the team, Hector Rondon will move into a setup role.
“We all just want to win,” Butler says.
Canaan attempted the 11th-most 3-pointers in the league last season (485), hitting at a 36.3 percent clip.
“We definitely need shooters, and I feel like I can bring that to the table,” McDermott says.
“We didn’t want to rebuild where we become possibly a lower-lottery team long term,” GM Gar Forman says.
“Egos go out the window,” Rondo says.
The onus is on coach Fred Hoiberg to adjust to his personnel.
Moore averaged 7.5 points in 59 games last season while starting a career-high 22 times.
“I don’t think anything’s for certain,” Butler says of whether the Bulls will for certain keep him after trade speculation.
“What we got to keep in mind is not only short term but long term,” Forman says.