Player News - Bulls

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The Bulls reportedly are considering waiving Michael Carter-Williams or Isaiah Canaan in order to free up the logjam at the point guard position.

Interestingly, the Bulls reportedly will not be waiving Rajon Rondo, as they feel he's a fit with the second unit and they believe they'll be able to use his contract as a trade chip during the offseason. MCW probably won't have much fantasy value regardless of where he winds up, and the same can be said for Canaan.
Feb 27 - 3:08 PM

Cameron Payne practiced with the starters and the reserves during Monday's practice.

Payne came off the bench in his Chicago debut on Saturday, but it looks like Hoiberg is at least toying with the idea of bringing him into the starting five. However, with three other point guards on the roster, it'll be tough for Payne to get enough minutes to make an impact in standard leagues.
Feb 27 - 2:04 PM

Paul Zipser (ankle) did not practice on Monday and will miss Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

This will be the rookie's seventh game in a row on the shelf. With Zipser out, Denzel Valentine will continue to soak up more minutes on the wing and is averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 3-pointers, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals over his last two games.
Feb 27 - 1:47 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (patellar tendinitis) did not practice on Monday and will miss Tuesday's game vs. Denver.

He still has some pain in his knee and doesn't have a timetable to return right now. With MCW expected to miss more time, Cameron Payne will get a chance to earn a larger role and Denzel Valentine will continue to be relevant in deeper leagues. MCW is a drop candidate in most leagues.
Feb 27 - 1:43 PM

Jimmy Butler posted his first triple-double of the season during a 117-99 win in Cleveland on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

Sure, LeBron James (illness) did not play, but the Bulls will take it to put them on a four-game winning streak -- they are now sixth in the Eastern Conference. Butler looks to be over his troublesome heel issue from earlier this month with 40.0 minutes per game in his last four. His fantasy owners can start feeling good about him being a first-round player in standard leagues during his career year.
Feb 25 - 11:53 PM

Dwyane Wade scored 20 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

He just missed the triple-double in hilarious fashion on the last play of the game. A missed shot came softly off the rim and right to Wade, but Cristiano Felicio went for it to knock it away from Wade to leave him at nine boards. Clearly, Wade knew he missed the trip-dub based on his reaction (video in link below). Wade is coming out with a head of steam with a 23-point game on Friday and has his Bulls in the sixth seed. He'll likely be managed at some point, but keep rolling Wade out there. He gets a great matchup against the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Feb 25 - 11:46 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

Two good games in a row? Is this real life? Mirotic was in a serious slump heading into the break and was even a DNP-CD in the last game before the All-Star break. Plus, the Bulls said they traded Taj Gibson because they wanted to get a look at Bobby Portis. Well, maybe this is a wakeup call for Mirotic and he can keep it going. He's far from a must-add guy, but coming out hot after the break makes him worth a pickup for anyone needing treys.
Feb 25 - 11:42 PM

Jerian Grant made another start against the Cavs on Saturday with six points, three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

He probably had his chance to be the starter and he only played 21.8 minutes per game in his previous starts anyway. Grant isn't really worth owning in any league right now with the arrival of Cam Payne. Michael Carter-Williams was also out for this game.
Feb 25 - 11:39 PM

Cameron Payne made his Bulls debut on Saturday with six points, one rebound, one assist and two turnovers in 12 minutes.

The Bulls could eventually start Payne, but for now it doesn't look like Rajon Rondo is going away. That means Payne will likely be capped at around 24 minutes and there really won't be many chances to produce with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade soaking up all the usage. Payne is really just a deep flier right now.
Feb 25 - 11:35 PM

Rajon Rondo scored 15 points with two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 25 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

After a goose egg in his final game of the first half, Rondo has turned in two solid games after the break. In case you missed it yesterday, coach Fred Hoiberg said he wants to keep Rondo in the rotation to have some veteran balance to go with the youth at the one. He doesn't have a very fantasy-friendly game, so there's no need to add him.
Feb 25 - 11:29 PM

Denzel Valentine scored 11 points with two rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday.

He's batting 1.000 in productive games since the front office had his back and said they wanted to get an extended look at him following the trade deadline. Valentine's play will make him a viable DFS punt when the Bulls don't have all of their veterans, but it's tough to own in in most leagues with only 20 minutes.
Feb 25 - 11:26 PM

Cameron Payne is available to play against the Cavs on Saturday.

With Jerian Grant starting and coach Fred Hoiberg saying he wants to keep Rajon Rondo in the rotation, it's tough to tell where Payne will get his minutes. He hasn't played too well this year, so most fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
Feb 25 - 7:07 PM

Jerian Grant will start against the Cavs on Saturday.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said he wanted to keep Rajon Rondo in the rotation, so Grant may not get many minutes in the start. He's not a fantasy option.
Feb 25 - 7:03 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (patellar tendinitis) is not with the team and will not play Saturday vs. the Cavs.

Despite starting on Friday night, MCW played just eight minutes. This injury may have been a reason for his lack of playing time and production. Either way, Carter-Williams is averaging just 5.5 points and 2.7 assists over the Bulls last six games, five of which he started. If you were looking for an excuse to cut him lose, this latest injury should be it. With MCW out, Cameron Payne, making his Bulls debut, and Denzel Valentine should see additional minutes.
Feb 25 - 1:06 PM

Dwyane Wade remains noncommittal about next season and says he is focused solely on making the playoffs this year.

Wade has a $24 million player option he can exercise this summer for the 2017-18 campaign. When asked if he thought Chicago management wanted him to pick up that option, Wade said he was unsure. "I haven't had that conversation about next season with the guys... I just want to play basketball. And do my best job as a player that I can do." Wade played well on Friday night, finishing with 23 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.
Feb 25 - 10:12 AM


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