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Disaster struck near Chicago on Monday as a mass shooting killed six people and injured 24 more in Highland Park. The shooter opened fire a little after 10 a.m. on the city’s annual Fourth of July parade from atop a rooftop on Central Avenue.

Those that were wounded in the shooting ranged from ages 8 to 85.

Five of the six that were killed were adults and details about the sixth victim are unknown according to CNN.

The shooting suspect, 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, was arrested later in the day after a short chase and was unharmed. Less than 200 days into this year there have now been over 300 mass shootings.

Bulls Issue Statement

Highland Park has ties to the Chicago Bulls organization as many players and staff members have lived there over the years including Michael Jordan. The team also used to practice in nearby Deerfield, Ill.

Given the ties to the community, it’s no surprise that the Bulls were quick to deliver a statement on the shooting on Twitter.

“What happened today in Highland Park was horrifying and senseless,” the Bulls’ statement began. “Over the years, Highland Park has been home to many members of Bulls nation, including a number of Bulls players and staff. Our connection with the community is personal, and it holds a particularly special place in our hearts. We are grieving with the community and everyone affected, and we support them as we all mourn this tragedy.

“Gun violence inflicts pain on our friends, neighbors, families, businesses, and communities,” the statement continued. “This situation is one that we’ve been in too many times, saying what feels like the same words and expressing the same sentiments. The Chicago Bulls are committed to change and using the resources in our power to make a different and help solve this epidemic of gun violence.”

According to NBC Sports Chicago, the Bulls joined forces with the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, and White Sox to start the Chicago Sports Alliance.

The alliance has provided $4 million in grants since its inception to READI Chicago (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative) and the University of Chicago Crime Lab, supporting solutions to address gun violence. These grants have been augmented by $1.5 million in matching grants from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

It’s good to see the Bulls and other Chicago pro teams put their money where their mouth and try to help in the fight against gun violence.

Offseason Notes

The Bulls have been pretty busy since free agency got underway on June 30. First, the team was able to re-sign Zach LaVine to a max contract of five years $215 million.

Besides that, the Bulls have also been able to add some contributors in key areas like Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic. Drummond and Dragic were both signed on cheap contracts and will be able to help with the teams’ depth in the upcoming season.

The question now will be if the Bulls will look to add more pieces or if they are content with what they’ve done. The team could still use some more three-point shooting but only time will tell if they’ll be able to find help in that category.

 

 

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Proposed Bulls Trade Brings Back Demolition Man & Son of Former All-Star

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At some point, you’d have to think the Chicago Bulls will trade Coby White.

The team has an abundance of guards with Lonzo Ball (if healthy), Zach LaVine, Goran Dragic, Ayo Dosunmu, and Alex Caruso.

If Chicago is healthy (a big if), there just isn’t a ton of minutes available for White. The 22-year-old is too talented and valuable for the Bulls not to get something back for him. Early attempts to move White didn’t render attractive offers. Perhaps the Bulls could find a fit for him on a young team looking to clear as much salary as possible.

White can be a free agent after this season, though his deal has a team option following the 2022-23 campaign. The Houston Rockets might be the right fit for such a deal. Here is a proposed deal that works financially and makes sense for both teams.

  • Bulls Get: Kenyon Martin Jr., David Nwaba, and a 2024 second-round pick
  • Rockets Get: Coby White and second a 2025 second-round pick
What’s In it For the Bulls?

Martin would be the biggest potential get for the Bulls. The 21-year-old son of former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin is a budding stretch-4 with impressive athleticism and a developing three-point shot.

Martin recently asked to be traded after the Rockets drafted Smith as he may see himself in a situation similar to White in Chicago. In Martin’s second NBA season, he played in 79 games (2 starts) he averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and made just under 36% of his threes. Martin is a little smallish for the 4 spot at 6-foot-6, but that appears to be the style Chicago wants to go after for the power forward position.

There’s a chance Martin could be a solid fit to back up Patrick Williams. As of now, the Bulls don’t have a strong candidate to back up Williams. Derrick Jones (6-foot-5) is even smaller than Martin, and Javonte Green is even shorter at 6-foot-4.

Nwaba is a throw-in to make things work financially, but the ever-scrappy was a bit of a fan favorite during his first stint with the Bulls. He was affectionately referred to as “Demolition Man” by Bulls announcer Stacey King.

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The 29-year-old’ athleticism and strength allow him to defend and play bigger than his 6-foot-5 frame. Nwaba doesn’t back down from anyone, and he had arguably the best season of his career with the Bulls during the 2017-18 season. Nwaba played 70 games that year with 21 starts, averaging 7.9 points per contest.

If he could provide some minutes at either forward spot, toughness, and veteran leadership, Nwaba could be an excellent addition to the Bulls’ bench.

Both Martin and Nwaba are set to be free agents after the 2023-24 season.

What’s In It For The Rockets?

The Rockets have an extremely young core with Jabari Smith, Jalen Green, and perhaps Kevin Porter Jr. Like the Bulls, the Rockets have a lot of guards, but White would be arguably the most accomplished of the bunch. Still, he figures to be in a reserve role on this team.

The Rockets want to clear as much cap space as possible as they continue to rebuild. White coming off the books at the end of the season should be attractive to the Rockets. Houston could shed the additional salary owed to Martin (partially guaranteed) to Martin and Nwaba while getting a motivated White for a season without disturbing their rebuilding plans.

Houston could sign and trade White if he has a strong season to procure even more assets from the deal once everything is said and done.

This trade may not light the lamp for Bulls fans today, but it is the kind of realistic trade that could help fill out the roster while allowing Chicago to add a youthful, athletic player with some upside like Martin.

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