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Bulls’ future awaits end of Phil Jackson’s motorcycle trip

July 3, 1997

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago Bulls are waiting for coach Phil Jackson to end a long motorcycle trip before resuming contract talks for the 1997-98 season, team owner Jerry Reinsdorf says.

Reinsdorf said Wednesday night on WTTW-TV’s ``Chicago Tonight″ that negotiations would resume after Jackson calls from his Montana cabin

``I will call him the first chance I can and when we have something to announce, we will announce it,″ he said. ``This is the last update I’ll give concerning him. The next time I speak regarding him, it will be because we have agreed to a deal or have agreed not to agree.″

Jackson, who has coached the Bulls to five NBA titles in seven years, is the major puzzle piece to keeping the championship team intact for another season. Michael Jordan has said he won’t be back if Jackson doesn’t return. He has also said he wanted fellow All-Star Scottie Pippen and league rebounding leader Dennis Rodman to remain Bulls. Rodman is a free agent.

Pippen, who becomes a free agent at the end of next season, had complained earlier in the week that the Bulls never said a word about trying to trade him before the NBA draft last week.

But Reinsdorf denied there was any chance of a deal.

``We’ve never tried to trade Scottie Pippen,″ Reinsdorf said. ``We just listened to offers.″

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