Throughout the team’s Monday clinic in Santa Monica, Robin Lopez made a competitive play Kris Dunn, directing both to exchange words. Lopez, seemingly mad, left clinic for fifteen minutes to cool before returning.
While tough, chippy clinics aren’t out of the ordinary from the NBA, the Bulls are at a particularly rousing circumstance. Chicago has lost seven consecutive games, for example a 37-point loss to Golden nation and it’s to find its identity under coach Jim Boylen, that took over form Fred Hoiberg at December.
“We had a very, very competitive practice,” Boylen explained. “I felt like we had some guys that are sick of not winning matches “
Dunn agreed, adding that as the team is staying convinced, being tied to second to last in the league is draining.
“It is frustrating to be on a losing streak,” Dunn explained. “We’re working to find out ways to get that monkey off our back”
Lopez politely declined to talk with colleagues on Monday, but Boylen said Lopez told him his discontent comes from not playing as many minutes as he had in previous seasons.
“I’m going to play some distinct individuals,” Boylen explained. “He has got pride and he wants to play, but he is all for the team and he understands. That you do not always expect guys to be more content with their situation or their minutes or anything. That’s part with this team, what’s section with this league would be that you have to do what’s best for the team. Rolo has ever done that.”
The Bulls work to get at least a second-round choice at a transaction for Lopez and his $14 million expiring contract. If teams sense that Lopez is going to be bought outside, there is less of an incentive to give a draft asset before the deadline.
Even the Bulls may likely only accept a second expiring contract right back to him in a transaction, and getting the amount of money to fit Lopez’s salary presents a challenge. For now, the Bulls standing is they intend to maintain Lopez for that season, barring a transaction, because of the veteran leadership he provides on a young team. But the situation appears fluid.
“He said it is not wearing him on ,” Boylen said of buy-out conversations. “Rolo can be a competitive person, he is a wonderful teammate, and I am grateful he is on this team. If something happens, then something happens”
Bulls general manager Gar Forman and Lopez’s representatives with Wasserman Media Group experienced a few conversations on the issue. Meanwhile, Boylen has tried to show that the Bulls examples of their moves of play during the losing streak.
“Our aim is to play competitive basketball and break ,” Boylen explained. “And that I think perhaps maybe not breaking through is some of the frustration comes”