Vučević Talks About Playing on an Expiring Deal, a Ridiculous Trade Idea, Best NBA City Editions, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Vučević Talks About Playing on an Expiring Deal, a Ridiculous Trade Idea, Best NBA City Editions, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Good morning, Bulls fans! Eli has the day off today so I’ll be handling the morning bullets as well as anything that may pop up throughout the day. With the Bulls in the middle of a much needed three-day break before they square off against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night, today is one of those days where we’re going to take a look at some things happening around the league.

  • But first, happy Veteran’s Day to all who have served our country.
  • We’ll move from our men and women in uniform to the uniforms of our favorite NBA stars this morning. The Bulls — along with the rest of the league — rolled out their new Nike City Edition threads, and while there’s nothing wrong with the Bulls’ latest installment, they lack the flavor of previous renditions.
  • The new Bulls threads pay homage to Chicago’s Municipal Y, which has helped symbolize the three branches of the Chicago River since 1917, which is cool. I like the subtle nod to the historical aspects of the city, don’t get me wrong. I’m just left underwhelmed by the overall design. But maybe we’ve just been spoiled in the past.
  • I guess we should be happy that the Bulls have enough history to point to in their designs to keep them from looking like some of the albatross Adidas Reverse Retro jerseys that the NHL dropped in recent weeks.
  • By the way, you can get your own City Edition gear on Fanatics with free shipping, and support Bleacher Nation in the process.
  • At first glance, I thought some of the City Edition releases for other teams were pretty ugly, but I made sure to do my homework on them, and I guess that fans of those teams and locals of those cities probably enjoy the regional and cultural threads far more than you or I would.
  • Some really snazzy ones stood out from the rest of them, though. Houston’s throwbacks are pretty sharp and serve as a nice callback to the late 90s era of the NBA.
  • After the Rockets won the NBA Finals in the summer of ’95, they decided to raise the banner the following fall with a fresh look. The Rockets rocked these threads through the end of the 2003-04 season, and some NBA names of yesteryear like Sam Cassell, Clyde Drexler, Robert Horry, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley donned this look. Heck, even Scottie Pippen wore these in his first post-Bulls stop.
  • Another really cool look is the Fiesta themed Spurs threads that callback to one of the best NBA All-Star Game uniforms we’ve seen.
  • Mike Vorkunov (The Athletic) spoke with Nike’s product director of men’s basketball Jesse Alvarez about some of the designs:
  • Why is Joe Cowley the way that he is?
  • If you’re wondering why Cowley chose violence this morning, his poll question stems from a Chicago Sun-Times poll that asked Bulls fans who their favorite guard off the bench was. Alex Caruso is winning the poll in a landslide, with Goran Dragic in second place and Coby White in last place with just 10 percent of the vote.
  • So, Cowley decided to play with the old ESPN trade machine and got the green light on a Coby White for Grayson Allen swap, which he shared on Twitter, and then followed up with that poll question regarding whether or not Bulls fans could embrace Allen in a Chicago uniform.
  • Couple things here: 1. No. 2. Hell No.
  • If we forget that Grayson Allen’s dirty hit directly affected the Bulls last season when he broke Alex Caruso’s wrist — the far and away fan favorite guard in the original Sun-Times poll, mind you — he’s still a massive turd. I would never be able to root for him. But we shouldn’t expect Cowley to understand how fans feel since he’s never been good at reading the room.
  • K.C. Johnson spoke with Nikola Vučević about what it’s like to play a season on an expiring contract, which Vooch has done before. Vooch played in a contract year with the Magic during the 2018-19 season, and he did pretty well for himself that time around, posting then-career-high averages of 20.8 points, 12 rebounds, and 3.8 assists and earning an All-Star Game nod. Vučević’s performance that season earned him a four-year contract worth $100 million, and now he’s in the same boat with the Bulls.
  • Vooch is averaging 16.5 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists while shooting 47.3 percent overall and 39.7 percent from 3-point range for the Bulls this season, and while he does not have the career year he had the last time he was searching for a new deal, he’s playing well enough to make the idea of him walking after the season for nothing — Wendell Carter Jr. and two first-round picks to the Magic near the 2021 trade deadline — is tougher conversation than it was at times last year when some wanted to run him out of town.
  • You can check out K.C.’s full conversation with the Bulls big man, here:
  • You might have seen that the Bucks got a huge performance from an unlikely name in a double-overtime victory over the OKC Thunder this week, but you might not know much about Jevon Carter, who scored a career-high 36 points in that game.
  • Carter is a local kid who grew up in west-suburban Maywood and played his high school hoops at Proviso East High School before heading to West Virginia for college. Carter was taken in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and has made multiple stops around the league before landing with the rival Bucks.
  • Hopefully, he can stick in Milwaukee, but it’ll stink to have to root against him multiple times a year.
  • Anyways, Happy Friday, enjoy the weekend!

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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