Bernucca: NBA’s Largest Pay Raises Show It Pays To Be Patient

Jimmy Butler

It pays to be patient. That is the financial lesson of the NBA’s offseason, which saw the biggest pay raises go to players who turned down contract extensions and gambled on themselves. Among the top 11 pay increases this summer, five went to players who felt like they were being lowballed by their teams — and proved it when they cashed in with bigger deals as restricted free agents this summer. Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Orlando’s Tobias Harris, Detroit’s Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City’s Enes


Jimmy Butler turns 26: A look at the Bulls’ star


Butler recorded 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season. In franchise history, only three other players have reached Butler’s 2014-15 points, rebounds and assist averages in a single season – Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Artis Gilmore. Each of those players was later enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.   [Read more…]


Bulls Offseason Review

WELCOME HOME FRED: The Bulls will open the 2015-16 season with Fred Hoiberg taking the head coaching reigns. He is one of 14 current head coaches to have played in the NBA. Hoiberg, Jeff Hornacek (PHX), Doc Rivers (LAC), Byron Scott (LAL) and Scott Skiles (ORL) are the only coaches who played for the team they currently coach.   Playing and Coaching for Current Team Active NBA Coaches Games Played Fred Hoiberg, CHI        247 Jeff Hornacek, PHX     468 Doc Rivers, LAC           59 Byron Scott, LAL 


Salary Cap at $70 Million, Tax Threshold at $84.7 Million

quincy pondexter extension

The salary cap rose to $70 million for the 2015-16 season, an increase of 11 percent and nearly $7 million from a year ago, the NBA announced Wednesday night. The cap for next season originally was projected around $67.1 million. Shortly before free agency began, however, CBS Sports reported that the number would be at least $1 million higher and perhaps as much as $2 million higher. In fact, it is $3 million higher, the sort of anecdotal information that will