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Bulls near five-year max extension with Derrick Rose


With all due respect to that guy trying to sell you on refinancing your mortgage, this is the biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind.

The Chicago Bulls are nearing a max extension with Derrick Rose, reports the Chicago Tribune.

General manager Gar Forman said the formality of Rose’s five-year, $94 million extension is being finalized with Rose’s agents, Arn Tellem and B.J. Armstrong.

“Derrick is the centerpiece of what we’re putting together here,” Forman said. “We want Derrick to be a Bull for a long, long time. It’s very important that we put the right pieces around Derrick.”

Thanks to the new “Derrick Rose Rule,” Rose will get a larger percentage of the Bulls revenue. Most players can get a max extension to their rookie deal of 25 percent of the salary cap, but if that player has been named MVP (or started to All-Star games) he can get up to 30 percent. Rose was named league MVP last season.

And he’s worth every penny to the Bulls, on the court and at the gate.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.