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Report: Aaron Brooks reaches one-year deal to remain with Bulls

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He was a guy Tom Thibodeau trusted, now he’s going to have to earn the confidence of Fred Hoiberg.

He’ll get the chance because Aaron Brooks will be back with the Chicago Bulls, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN and now confirmed by Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

Brooks averaged 11.6 points and 3.2 assists in playing all 82 games for the Bulls last season, starting 21 games due to various injury absences. Brooks made the veteran’s minimum last season but he’ll earn more than that in 2015-16.

There was speculation the Bulls would go for a bigger guard who could possess the ability to play both guard spots as opposed to just one, but when the market dried up after a few targets signed above-average deals, it didn’t leave the luxury-tax paying Bulls with many options, and a return engagement with Brooks was an easy choice.

This gives the Bulls essentially the same backcourt as last season, with Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler (who re-signed with the team) as the starters and Brooks with Kirk Hinrich and Tony Snell behind them.

Overall the Bulls roster is largely the same as last year, they are simply counting on health and a more modern offense under Hoiberg to make them more serious challengers to Chicago.

PBT Podcast: Free agency’s winners and losers

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The Winners seem to be mostly located in the state of Texas.

The losers seem to be on the coasts.

All the free agency dust has not settled, but it’s becoming clear who some of the big winners and losers are in free agency. On the plus side of the ledger, you start with the Spurs. On the negative side, the Clippers have dropped from contender status with DeAndre Jordan leaving for Dallas.

But those teams are just the tip of the free agent iceberg, and we get into a lot more teams and players with  PBT’s Kurt Helin and Brett Pollakoff, plus NBCSports’ Dominic Ridgard.

Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

Report: Boston Celtics agree to trade for David Lee for Gerald Wallace

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David Lee played an important role for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, but he was not part of their long-term plans and spent much of the season on the bench. After they had hoisted the trophy, Warriors management appreciated Lee’s taking of a lesser role, and agreed with Lee that they would try to find him a new home for next season .

Like Boston.

The Celtics and Warriors agreed to a deal that sends Lee east and brings Gerald Wallace West. Tommy Dee was first to report this, and it has since been confirmed by CSNBayArea.com’s Monte Poole.

Boston needs to send another player west to make the money work; that player has not been finalized but he will not be on a guaranteed deal.

For Boston, this is a good fit. They can play David Lee this year sort of in the Brandon Bass role (Bass signed with the Lakers). Lee is better offensively, even at this point in career, but a step back on defense from Bass. Maybe a couple steps back. Still he can put up points and should mesh well with their young talent.

The Warriors can keep Wallace and save some money, or trade him, but look for Golden State to use the stretch provision to buy Wallace out of his deal. Former Nets executive Bobby Marks laid out why that would help Golden State against the luxury tax (which with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green’s deal was going to get expensive).

Lee took to Instagram to thank the Golden State fans.

Report: Players union to set up fund to help retired, destitute players medical expenses

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When you read about NBA players of the 1950s and ’60s, one familiar theme comes up: A lot of them had to have other jobs in the off-season to pay their bills. There were not millions of dollars and cushy lifestyles. And while the stories of NBA players who blew ridiculous fortunes are out there, more common is the player who was in and out of the league for a couple seasons and never made that kind of life-changing money.

The NBA players union wants to set up a fund to help those players with their medical expenses.

Adrian Wojnarowski has the story at Yahoo Sports.

The National Basketball Players Association is proposing to use millions of dollars of its share of the NBA’s impending television revenue windfall to cover health-care insurance costs for its former players, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The plan is estimated to cost between $10 million-$15 million a year and a vote on passage of the union’s initiative is set for the NBPA’s July 20 membership meeting in Las Vegas. The union’s 30 team player representatives are expected to pass the plan with ease and start the process of covering the retired players quickly, league sources said.

This is a good move. This is what a union should do — help take care of its members, past and present. These are the guys who helped build the foundation that the very lucrative NBA was built upon; there should be a fund to help those that need it with medical expenses. Good on Michele Roberts for pushing the union this direction.

This is the kind of thing that all that new television revenue should go to, not just to further line the owners’ and players’ pockets.

LeBron James says his legacy “will speak for itself” (also talks “Trainwreck” movie)

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LeBron James is the first NBA superstar of the social media era, and with that has come an odd phenomenon — we have debated his legacy every step of the way. Unlike Bird or Jordan or anyone else, his legacy has been an ongoing discussion since he first dragged a Cavaliers team to the NBA Finals in 2007. Everyone wants to talk about his legacy.

Except LeBron James.

He went on Today here on NBC — along with Bill Hader to promote the movie “Trainwreck” — and Matt Lauer asked him about his legacy.

Here’s the money part. Lauer asks him if he thinks about his legacy.

No, I really haven’t. I think legacy will speak for itself. Who I am as a man and what I do off the floor defines my legacy more than what I do on the court. That’s just how I’ve always thought about it but I don’t really get caught up into it too much.

Do I buy that LeBron doesn’t ever think about his legacy? No. I think that was one of the factors (not a major one but a factor) in his return to Cleveland.

Do I think that LeBron thinks far less about his legacy than fans for the media? Certainly. And he’s right in that it will be what it will be when he’s done, and people will argue about it long after he’s left the game. All I have ever said about LeBron’s legacy is that you can’t compare it right now to Magic or Jordan or Bird or whoever because he’s still playing at the peak of his game. The story is still being written.

As for Trainwreck, if it’s got Amy Schumer in it I will see it.