Guess who’s joining the Bulls? No, guess. No, not him. No, not her. You’ll never guess. Give up? Doug Collins. Yes, way. Nearly thirty years after being replaced as Bulls coach after leading the team to its first conference finals appearance in 14 years, Collins is returning to the organization as Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations. With actually plenty of precedent, both in this era of the NBA and in Bulls history. Collins will serve as a mentor/consultant/advisor to all facets of the Bulls organization, the coaching staff and management as well as sponsorship and marketing. It’s a tribute to Collins’ lifetime in basketball as an Olympian, four-time All-Star player, coach with more than
Forward Dante Cunningham agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Cunningham reportedly received a contract worth $2.3 million. Cunningham became a free agent when he declined a $3.1 million player option with the Pelicans for the 2017-18 campaign. He was unable to obtain a multiyear deal and considered one-year offers from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors before agreeing to return to the Pelicans. Cunningham averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 66 games for New Orleans last season. He owns career averages of 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in eight seasons with Portland, Charlotte, Memphis, Minnesota and New Orleans.
The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday their broadcast schedule for the 2017-18 NBA season with all 82 regular season contests being televised nationally. For the first time, all 41 regular season home games with be aired in 4K. TSN and Sportsnet will each carry 41 games. TSN has the season opener against the Chicago Bulls on October 19 from Air Canada Centre. The network will also broadcast the Raptors’ road debut versus Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs on October 23. Additional key contests on TSN include the first matchup with Chris Paul, James Harden and the Houston Rockets on November 14, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors’ lone visit north of the border January 13, both