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Bulls Disappointed in Playoff Performance

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“It’s very disappointing to get in a hole like that,” coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Playing without the suspended Nene, the Wizards scored Game 4’s first 14 points, led by as many as 23, withstood every charge and walked off the Verizon Center court amid strewn confetti with a 98-89 victory.

“It’s really disappointing,” Joakim Noah said.

If troubling trends — slow starts, turnovers, below-average defense — aren’t fixed by Tuesday’s Game 5, the disappointment will linger into the offseason. The Bulls have never rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series in franchise history.

“It’s just disappointing,” Kirk Hinrich said. “We thought the mistakes we’re making, we could correct them.”

via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune

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Sources: Jimmy Butler Prefers Trade to Clippers, Interested in Knicks, Nets

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After registering a trade request with the Minnesota Timberwolves, All-Star Jimmy Butler is most interested in pursuing a future with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN.

Butler’s ability to partner on the Clippers with a second star player in a deep summer free agency market holds a strong appeal to Butler, league sources said.

The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July, and are emerging as a front-runner for Toronto’s All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a free agent in July, league sources said.

Butler told Minnesota president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday and prefers the possibility of the Clippers — as well as the New York Knicks, league sources said. Butler told the Timberwolves that he planned to leave the franchise in free agency next summer, sources said.

The Brooklyn Nets’ ability to sign two max free agents in the summer will keep them in consideration for Butler, but he has prioritized the Clippers and Knicks over them, league sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Brandon Knight Had ‘clean up’ Procedure on Left Knee

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On @theathleticnba @watchstadium: Houston’s Brandon Knight underwent surgery on his left knee, considered a “clean up,” and will miss some time, per league sources.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Pelicans Waive Emeka Okafor

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has requested waivers on center Emeka Okafor.

Okafor, 6-10, 252, appeared in 26 regular season games last season with New Orleans after signing with the team on February 3, 2018 and finished the season with averages of 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

Source: New Orleans Pelicans

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