NBA news round-up: Shock Timberwolves sacking, Bulls contract extensions and more

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers plays defense against LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers on January 27, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in...

With NBA practices starting next week ahead of the new season on October 3, there has been brief news updates aplenty across the league’s 30 teams. Players, coaching staff and front offices are making moves hoping to get incrementally better in a field of fine margins…
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Lonzo Ball, Dennis Schroder among Chicago Bulls’ free agency guard targets

Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass under pressure from Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center on February 10, 2021...

After falling two games shy of the postseason play-in tournament, reports claim Chicago want a starting point guards in the upcoming free agency period to bolster their offensive repertoire alongside All-Star duo Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. Pelicans’ RFA Lonzo Ball and Lakers guard Dennis Schroder are linked, while Kyle Lowry and Spencer Dinwiddie are also named.
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Trail Blazers 108-111 Chicago Bulls: White, LaVine key as visitors rally down 20 to win

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, dribbles around Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) AP

The Portland Trail Blazers started hot and had a 20-point lead over the Chicago Bulls early on, but watched their lead disintegrate in an contrasting second-half display before Zach LaVine’s step-back three gave them a four-point deficit with 10.7 seconds remaining. Despite their best efforts, they failed to force the game into overtime and have fallen to 3-4 to start the season. Continue reading

NBA Previews: Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls, struggling Wizards travel to Timberwolves

Milwaukee Bucks: 3 takeaways from 144-97 win over Miami Heat

Read on for two NBA previews as the action continues in what has been an unpredictable start to the new season. Milwaukee target an emphatic response following their defeat in Miami when hosting the Chicago Bulls, who snapped their struggles with successive wins against a dismal Washington Wizards (0-5) side. Can Scott Brooks’ men finally prevail away in Minnesota? Continue reading

NBA Previews: Pacers-Cavaliers, Wizards-Bulls and Magic-76ers on New Year’s Eve

3 observations: Joel Embiid heroics pushes Sixers past Raptors at home

Read on for three NBA previews ahead of New Year’s Eve, as the 2020-21 season continues. Philadelphia will hope for another big performance by their star center Joel Embiid away to the unbeaten Orlando Magic (4-0), while Indiana and Washington target responses after suffering preventable defeats in their respective games against the Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls next. Continue reading