Monday, September 29, 2008

Report: Gordon to Sign Qualifying Offer!

By Sean Mackey

Finally, after an offseason of failed contract negotiations, Ben Gordon has caved. In a report by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Ben Gordon has verbally agreed to except the one year, $6.4 million qualifying offer which will keep him in a Bulls uniform until at least the end of the 08-09 season. After the season is over, BG will be an unrestricted free agent. He has acknowledged via a text message that he will be reporting to training camp tomorrow.

This is good news considering this has dragged on WAYYYY too long. The Bulls are now expected to add a veteran big man (cough Juwan Howard) to fill out their roster. I have a hunch that they'll also start operation: dump Larry Hughes sometime here in the near future.

A demo for NBA 2K9 with the Bulls facing the Thunder surfaced on youtube (link below) with the projected starters Rose, Hinrich, Deng, Gooden & Noah. The gameplay looks a lot like 2K8 but slightly smoother. The scoreboard is now located on the top of the screen which might take sometime to get use to. They also have interspliced real life footage of the players at the beginning of the game and ingame standout plays in a montage style at the end of the quarter which will make it look like more of a real tv broadcast. The only complaint I have so far from viewing this footage is the addition of Clark Kellogg as an announcer but that's pretty minor. I have a good feeling that this game is going to be pretty tight. Only 8 more days until the release! Very excite.

Bulls vs. Thunder (2K9 Beta Footage)


NBullsAbasketball said...

You guys are doing great work, keep it up. I admire how you find interesting Bulls-related topics to post on even when there's no real new Bulls news out there.

The Bulls would love to dump Larry Hughes but nobody is going to take him. The only reason any other team took Ben Wallace's awful contract is because they could give up Hughes' terrible one in return. Good luck Bulls in that regard though because I think Hughes is clubhouse cancer.

Where did you see the Juwan Howard to the Bulls rumor? I haven't seen that yet.

Cameron Watkins