Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors

LeBron James wants to silence the rumors

LeBron James briefly emerged from his silence on social network Tuesday to ensure he was not behind the rumors of a forthcoming Kyrie Irving departure.

“No info, people! Booo, find another source, I take advantage of the summer, do the same, “he tweeted in reference to two articles.

In the first article, Slam magazine ensures that “King James” wants the Cleveland Cavaliers to meet Irving’s request to be exchanged.

The second cites information from the ESPN television channel that the triple champion of the NBA would like to “correct” Irving if the two players meet face-to-face in the same room.

Irving, the Cavaliers’ star-studded playmaker, created a huge surprise by asking to be traded to another team where he would have more responsibilities because he does not want to play with James, who is ubiquitous on the field and outside.

The information, revealed last week by ESPN, has not been confirmed by the Cavaliers or Irving, but since then, other newspapers and media have revealed that Irving had made this request soon after the end of the season.

The Cavaliers prepared for the eventuality of Irving’s departure by recruiting for a season and a $2.1 million contract Derrick Rose, the former Chicago star, whose career is disrupted by repeated injuries since receiving the NBA Best Player Trophy (MVP) in 2011.

Irving, 25, has played the last three NBA finals with Cleveland against Golden State and won the NBA title in 2016. He spent his entire career in Cleveland, which had him sign a five-year contract guaranteeing him $94 million dollars in 2014 before announcing a few days later the return of “King James”.

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Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks

The Brooklyn Nets take on cross-town rival New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday evening (Enter Contest). The Nets will be facing the second night of a back-to-back, which began with a 119-110 home-victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

ABOUT THE NETS (3-4)

Brook Lopez led the way for the Nets with 26 points. Trevor Booker continued his solid play with 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Sean Kilpatrick added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, in 28 minutes off the bench. The Nets were missing Jeremy Lin, who remains out with a strained hamstring but had six players score in double figures in a full team effort. The Nets have been a bit of a surprise to start the season but have earned every inch of their success so far with hard work and pose a threat to any opponent.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (2-4)

The Knicks (2-4) will look to earn their second home-win of the season against an opponent that they need to beat if they want to be taken seriously in the East. They have shown flashes this season, with a nice win against the Bulls last Friday but that was followed up with a home-loss against the Jazz on Sunday. The Knicks do have a lot of new faces and deserve more time before they are judged too harshly. Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis both tallied 28 points, while Derrick Rose chipped in 18, in the loss versus the Jazz but even with those solid performances they were still out-done. The Knicks will need to tighten the screws on defense as they look to bounce back from losing three of their last four games.

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New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls Preview

The city of Chicago is electric after the Cubs won the World Series on Wednesday, but the baseball fever won’t keep basketball fans from anticipating the return of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. The two former Chicago stars will take the United Center floor for the first time in visitor’s uniforms when the Bulls host the New York Knicks on Friday (Enter Contest).

Rose and Noah helped lead Chicago to its best post-Jordan records but never managed to take the team to the NBA Finals before injuries and ineffectiveness marred the end of each of their respective tenures with the team. While the Bulls don’t seem to be missing the two former stars much on the court, the Knicks aren’t exactly surging to new heights with the two in the lineup. New York dropped three of its first four games, with all three losses coming by double figures, and is struggling on both ends. The Knicks allowed at least 32 points in each of the first three quarters at home on Wednesday before the Houston Rockets took their foot off the gas and breezed to a 118-99 win.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (1-3)

New coach Jeff Hornacek is trying to institute team president Phil Jackson’s triangle offense into the attack, but it doesn’t look like the system of play was well received. Point guard Courtney Lee was vocal about this system not working among the team. The Knicks have scored over a 100 points in a single game since the beginning of the season; a 111-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Rose is averaging 16.3 points but recorded almost as many turnovers (eight) as assists (nine) in the first four games while Noah was held scoreless in two of the first four contests. Kristaps Porzingis averaged 18.3 points in the first three games but slumped to three points on 0-of-4 shooting Wednesday. New York took three of the four meetings last season behind 24.3 points on 50.6 percent shooting from Carmelo Anthony in the four contests.

ABOUT THE BULLS (3-1)

The team picked a good time to suffer its first loss on Wednesday, with much of the print and internet real estate in the Chicago area dominated by the Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908. Anyone in the area that did tune into the Bulls broadcast saw Rajon Rondo, Rose’s replacement at point guard, collect 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the 107-100 setback at Boston. Rondo is having no trouble fitting between wings Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler while center Robin Lopez, who came over in the Rose trade from New York, is proving to be a solid fit in coach Fred Hoiberg’s system. Doug McDermott is in the league’s concussion protocol and is questionable for Friday.

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Fantasy Basketball Value Picks Bulls vs Pacers

Dominate your competition with our NBA Fantasy Basketball Value Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Chicago Bulls (36-37) visits the host Indiana Pacers (39-34) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Chicago is really struggling lately and they find themselves on the outside looking in for the playoffs. They come into this game losing four-straight, with three of those losses coming against low ranked teams. One problem has been the road form, as they have an awful 12-23 record away from United Center. The Bulls now are three games out of the eight-seed in the east and that may be too difficult to overcome with less than 10 games left in the season.

The Pacers have won three of their last four and it comes at a important time during the season. Indiana is one of four teams contending for the final two playoff spots in the east, but they are the favorites to take it holding the seventh place. Their strength has been the defense, as they now rank seventh in points given after being an average defense for the first few months of the season.

This is a rivalry match-up and with how much the Bulls have been struggling recently, the Pacers should be a sizable favorite in this confrontation.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls

Daily Fantasy Basketball News – 02-21-16

The Chicago Bulls (28-26) will be hosting the struggling Los Angeles Lakers (11-45) at the United Center. FanPicks has this game on tap for tonight’s DFS action. Come play daily Fantasy Basketball at Fanpicks.com

Projected Lineup

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The Lakers are on a 4 game losing skid coming into this game but are playing much better basketball lately. The last games were all decided in the final seconds and against teams all currently in playoffs. The Lakers are playing very competitive basketball compare to early in the season, exactly what the fans are wanting in Kobe Bryant’s farewell season. Bryant unfortunately dislocated his finger against the San Antonio Spurs in the Lakers’ most recent loss. He will still be expected to dress for this game and hope to continue his good performance, averaging 25 pts, 6 boards and 3 assists over the last 7 games.

The Bulls are currently in a rough spot especially when it comes down to injuries. They’re currently playing now without three big starters: Joakim Noah, Nikola Mirotic and recently Jimmy Butler, all looking to be out for some significant time. The Bulls before their more recent wins against the Raptors were on a 5 game losing streak. Derrick Rose has been stepping his game up averaging 20.8 pts, 5.7 assists and 5.6 boards the last 9 games. The Bulls have been getting great help as well from Doug McDermott, who recently dropped a career high 30 pts against the Raptors.

 

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Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

With the NBA trade deadline passing, and the schedule coming back from hiatus, FanPicks.com presents to you our first edition of daily fantasy basketball picks. You can try this roster, or just take some value pick targets out of this, it’s up to you!

  • My roster

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I went with the most successful basketball technique known to date…a “big three”. Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Lebron James will lead this lineup into battle tonight.

“Bron-Bron” vs “D. Rose” is always a delight, and tonight will be no different. With so much time off, these big guns are well rested and ready to put on a show.

I expect Doug McDermott to be a major beneficiary of Rose’s play, same can be said for Bobby Portis except he creates many of his own chances as well.

Lebron will have a monster game, but it’s Tristan Thompson on the inside that I’m banking on. If the versatile big-man can keep pace with his teammates (James and Irving – who is on fire) that slot in your lineup will get a major boost in value.

Wesley Johnson, Danny Green and Patty Mills will be running the court when the Spurs taken on the Clippers in a late night showdown. Green and Mills will need a big game to counter CP3, Johnson and co. if they want to defeat a Clippers team they’ve had trouble with over the past year.

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Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers – 01/23/16 Preview

Chicago Bulls (24-18) make their way to Quicken Loans Arena in in this primetime crucial Eastern Conference match-up against first place Cleveland Cavaliers (30-11). The Cavaliers are odd favorites to win (line: -10.5). Play in the most exciting NBA daily fantasy basketball , including the newest Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

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The Bulls have dropped 3 of their last 4 games, the latest on Friday night to the Celtics, 110-101. Once again, Jimmy Butler led the charge scoring 28 pts and 14 rebounds. Derrick Rose added 27 points while Pau Gasol had a double-double performance with 18pts and 11 rebounds. With an average of 48.8 boards per game, the Bulls are the number one rebounding unit in the league. The Bulls will return back in Chicago to face the Heat on Monday before embarking in a 9 game stretch in which 8 of them will be away from home. They currently have an 8-10 record away from home.

 

After the surprising and bizarre firing of their coach David Blatt yesterday, the Cavs will play their 1st game under the guided eye of new Head Coach Tyronn Lue despite being first in the Eastern Conference. Since their debacle against the Warriors on Monday, the Cavs bounced back with 2 straight wins and even halted the red-hot Los Angeles Clippers, 115-102. The team saw all starter in double digits performance with Lebron James posting 22 pts and 12 assists meanwhile Kevin Love had a solid game with 18 pts and 16 rebounds. The Cavaliers will hope to keep their form at home since they will have 9 of their next 12 contest at the Quicken Loans Arena.

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Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics – 01/22/16 Preview

 

The Boston Celtics (22-21) will host Friday Night the Chicago Bulls (24-17) in this Eastern Conference showdown. The Celtics are the odds favorites to win (line: -3.5). Here is the projected lineup for tonight:

Projected Lineup

Starting Lineup

The Bulls, coming back from an embarrassing lost on Wednesday night to the history-making and defending NBA Champions Golden State 125-94 at home. Derrick Rose led the squad with 29 pts, shooting 12 for 22. Rose, currently the 3rd leading scorer for the team this year is averaging 15.4 points/game. Jimmy Butler added 23 points with 5 rebounds while the rookie Bobby Portis came off the bench and added 16 points with 8 rebounds. Chicago only made one 3pts shot out of 20 attempts and shot for 37% all night. With only 1.5 games ahead of the Pacers in the Central Division, Chicago is losing grip of their 2nd place grip slowly before even travelling to face conference leading Cleveland on Saturday before their 7 game road trip next week. Chicago are 8-9 this season on the road.

The Celtics return home on Friday night from a winless 2 road games after their defeat on Wednesday to division rivals, Toronto Raptors,115-109. Isaiah Thomas led the team with 21 points and 10 assists for his 5th double double of the season. Thomas, with an average of 21.7 pts and 6.7 assists is regarded as one of the most underrated NBA players this season. Avery Bradley added 19 pts whereas Kelly Olynyk recorded 18 pts off the bench. Boston could steer things up this upcoming week with a light schedule against the struggling Orland Magic, 76ers, Wizards and Nuggets.

 

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Dallas Mavericks  vs. Chicago Bulls

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Dallas Mavericks (18-20) will be hosted by the Chicago Bulls (23-15) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Mavericks head into Chicago for the second game of three-game road trip, bringing their 11-11 road record with them. The Mavericks are coming off a 108-89 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night. Dallas was extremely short-handed in the contest, as they rested four of their five starters due to the heavy minutes they logged the night before in an overtime win loss to the Cavaliers. J.J. Barea led the team in scoring on Wednesday with 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-3 FT), alongside six assists and three rebounds. All the regular starters should return to the lineup for Friday’s matchup after their night of rest. The Mavericks are 7-9 against Eastern Conference opponents this season. One of those victories came against the Bulls on Dec.26, when Barea led Dallas to 118-111 victory.

The Bulls return home Friday after snapping a three-game slide by the narrowest of margins on Thursday, with a 115-111 overtime victory over the woeful 76ers. One reason for Chicago’s recent skid can be attributed to the health of the team. Derrick Rose sat out of Thursday’s win due to tendinitis in his left knee. The former MVP has already made it clear that he will be available for Friday’s contest. In Rose’s absence, Jimmy Butler took charge of the game, scoring a career-high 53 points (15-30 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 21-25 FT), along with 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. The Bulls look to defend their 16-6 mark at home this season. Chicago is 9-4 against the Western Conference this season.

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Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Author: Aldo Panessidi

The Chicago Bulls (22-15) will be hosted by the Philadelphia 76ers (4-36) on Thursday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Bulls entered the new year riding the wave of a six-game winning streak and putting the pressure on Cleveland for top spot in the East. They have since dropped three in a row, the latest coming at Milwaukee on Tuesday night where they were felled, 106-101, by the Bucks. Jimmy Butler continued his impressive play this season with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assist, including dropping 10 of 12 from the charity stripe. Butler is averaging 22.2 points for his team this season, far and away their biggest offensive threat. Pau Gasol has 10 point and 14 boards while Derrick Rose had a quiet night with only 9 points as Chicago fall to fourth place in the competitive Eastern Conference, with the Indian Pacers hot on their heels. Rose left the game at various points, including in the third quarter with a bout of patellar tendinitis.

The 76ers dropped another game to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, and although the outcome may never have been in question, they still managed to prevent the best team in the East from completely dominating them as the 95-85 loss was somewhat respectable given the fact that they were outclassed at every position. Rookie Jahlil Okafor was the leading scorer for Philadelphia with 21 points and 7 rebounds, shooting 9-for-15 from the paint. Ish Smith continued to impress since landing with the team in December, recording a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. In just nine games played with the Sixers, Smith has emerged as the second-leading scorer with the club, averaging 16.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per match-up.

 

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Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks

 

The Chicago Bulls (22-14) will be hosted by the Milwaukee Bucks  (15-24) at Bradley Center on Tuesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThe Bulls will be playing on the second half of a back-to-back, having endured a rare home loss Monday night versus the Wizards, 114-100. Derrick Rose led the way for Chicago with 23 points, and is now averaging a solid 18.4 points in the past four contests since his return from a three-game absence due to knee and hamstring soreness. Jimmy Butler continued his outstanding all-around play by pitching in 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals, while Pau Gasol posted a trademark 15-point, 10-rebound double-double. The defeat was a second straight for the Bulls, following a season-high six-game winning streak that included a 117-106 victory over the Bucks on January 5. Butler led the way in that contest with 32 points, but he and the Bulls may be hard-pressed to duplicate their offensive success Tuesday, considering they’ll be playing their fourth game in six nights.

 

The Bucks come in having lost three of their past four games, and firmly entrenched in last place in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division. They fell to the Knicks 100-88 on Sunday, despite an outstanding effort from Greg Monroe. The Bucks’ big man equaled a season high with 28 points, while adding 10 rebounds, two assists and a block. It was notably his third straight game with double-digit boards, and third double-double in the last five games. Khris Middleton (20 points) and Jabari Parker (14 points) made solid contributions as well in the loss. Milwaukee continues to be plagued by the inconsistencies of two of their most potential-laden younger players in Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and remain ranked in the lower half of the league in points surrendered (103.6), points scored (97.6) and point differential (-6.0).

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Washington Wizard  vs. Chicago Bulls

 

The Washington Wizards (16-19) will be hosted  by the Chicago Bulls  (22-13) on Monday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup Washington comes into this matchup losing five of their last seven games and the offense is really struggling. They are regularly scoring under 100 points a game and that’s terrible considering they are one of the fastest-paced teams in the NBA. It’s hard to put a finger on the struggles, but it could be a simple reality that the rest of the Eastern Conference is better this season. They fed off under .500 teams last year and they cant do that in a much improved Eastern Conference. The good news is that Bradley Beal is due back very soon and could even make his return here against the Bulls. He’s a much needed scoring punch and defensive presence that this team desperately needs right now.

The Bulls are playing some of their best basketball of the season right now, as they have won six of their last seven coming into this game. The offense has been spectacular in that stretch, as they are averaging about 106 points per game in that span. What makes this team so scary is their depth, as players like Taj Gibson, Tony Snell and Bobby Portis will be coming off the bench when everyone is healthy. Speaking of health, Joakim Noah may return this game as well, as he’s nearly full recovered from his shoulder injury he suffered last month. This team already has one of the deepest frontcourts in the NBA and it would be scary imaging them getting back an All-Star center.

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Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks

 

The surging Chicago Bulls (22-12) take to the road to meet the Atlanta Hawks (22-15) on Saturday evening in an Eastern Conference showdown.. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup After a shaky December where they had an 8-7 record yet still managed to hold onto second place in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls have won six games in a row, their latest a Thursday night victory over the Boston Celtics, 101-92, at United Center. Chicago are now 16-5 at home after a match-up that saw all five Bulls starters contribute double digit scoring. Jimmy Butler had 19 points and 10 assists, Pau Gasol recorded 17 points and 18 rebounds and Derrick Rose added 18 points and 7 boards as the team seems to be finding their form as the midway point of the season comes into focus. Despite missing Joakim Noah (shoulder) since December, Chicago have remained in top form in the Eastern Conference, yet can’t quite close the gap with the first place Cleveland Cavaliers who are also on a tear at the moment. The team expects Noah to suit up again some time next week.

The Hawks demolished the 76ers in Philadelphia on Thursday night, 126-98, to put a halt to a two-game losing streak and maintain a neck-and-neck fight with the Miami Heat for first place in the Southeast Division. Kent Bazemore led Atlanta in scoring in a game that saw the team get point contributions from 13 players. Paul Millsap and Al Horford each had 18 points, with the tandem also combining for 15 rebounds. Dennis Schroder scored 14 points off the bench, shooting 5-for-8 from the paint and 2-for-3 from long range. Atlanta ranks seventh in the NBA in field goal shooting percentage, averaging 46% per game this season. That trend continued to work in the team’s favor on Thursday, as they shot 53.3%. Despite riding hot hands into the weekend, the Hawks have lost seven of their last nine games to the Bulls.

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