Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

Top priority for Chicago Bulls: Ink Rose to new deal

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Yes, the Bulls need to give some consideration to a two guard (Arron Afflalo is the perfect fit but Denver won’t let him go) and some depth up front.

But those are not the biggest priority.

Job No. 1 — keep Derrick Rose happy. He is the franchise cornerstone, the MVP, the guy who fills the seats and who sponsors pay to be associated with. He’s the meal ticket.

Which is why the Bulls are working on the framework for a new maximum extension for Rose, according to ESPNChicago.com.

Rose’s new deal will start at $17.4 million (next season), a figure he gets thanks to the “Derrick Rose” rule. As part of the new labor agreement, the rule lets rookies heading into their second contract who have made two All-NBA teams or won the MVP (as Rose did) get up to 30 percent of the salary cap (other rookies can get no more than 25 percent, meaning Rose gets about $3 million a year more).

Rose told CSNChicago.com he is flattered by and likes the rule. Ya think?

No real drama here, the Bulls will offer the deal and Rose will sign it. As it should be. There are a handful of cornerstone NBA players and when you have one you do whatever it takes to keep them.

Report: Donatas Motiejunas no-shows physical after Rockets match Nets’ offer

Donatas Motiejunas, Kenneth Faried
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The Nets’ signed Rockets restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet. Houston elected to match.

Case closed?

Hardly.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Houston has a right to demand Motiejunas undergo a physical within two days of exercising its matching rights, which it did yesterday. Motiejunas is requires to answer questions truthfully and supply requested medical information.

If Motiejunas fails to meet those requirements, he hangs in limbo until the Rockets decide his fate.

At any time between now and March 1, they could elect to undo their offer-sheet match. That would invalidate Motiejunas’ offer sheet and make him a restricted free agent again, and the Nets couldn’t sign him for a year. On March 2, the same effect will become automatic.

I don’t see what Motiejunas gains by not reporting. If he fails his Houston physical, he’d go to Brooklyn on the terms of the offer sheet.

By not undergoing the physical, he goes nowhere.

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant team up for floor-is-lava alley-oop (video)

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Klay Thompson might have had the huge game for the Warriors, but Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant teamed up for the Warriors’ most spectacular play against the Pacers.

Once Green released his long outlet pass, the ball travelled three-quarters of the court and into the basket without a player touching it and the floor simultaneously.

Here’s another angle:

Dwight Powell obliterates Cody Zeller on alley-oop (video)

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Andrew Bogut patting Cody Zeller on the head, even if unintentional, was the perfect response to Dwight Powell dunking on the Hornets center.

There, there, Cody. It’ll be OK.

At least Charlotte got a 109-101 win over the Mavericks.

Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)

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Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.

So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.

That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.