Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) does not have a target date for his return.

It was previously reported that Mirotic was targeting just after All-Star weekend, but that timeline sounds like it will get pushed back. Fred Hoiberg reported Mirotic was feeling better and is starting to eat again after being forced to a liquid diet, but admitted it will take time to build up his conditioning and stamina in order to get back on the floor. Mirotic could still get back on the court in late February, but it may not come right after the break. While he's out, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will see increased minutes.
Feb 8 - 1:07 PM

Jimmy Butler (knee) is feeling "a lot better," but there is still no timetable for his return.

Butler will not play on Monday and is extremely doubtful to return on Wednesday vs. the Hawks, leaving his status for Sunday's All-Star Game up in the air. The good news: It sounds like Butler has a very real chance of resuming fantasy production on the other side of the break, so those with Jimmy on the roster just have to sit tight for now. In the interim, E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, Doug McDermott and Mike Dunleavy will all be in the mix for extra run.

Fred Hoiberg wants Derrick Rose to play "with pace and his push" moving forward.

With Jimmy Butler (knee) likely out through the All-Star break, Rose's usage rate figures to climb in the upward direction. Rose has been playing better over his last six games, averaging 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.0 steals on 42.9 percent shooting. He's better in DFS and points formats than standard leagues because Rose doesn't hit threes, steal the ball or block any shots.
Feb 8 - 9:00 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol is dealing with soreness in his injured left hand.

Gasol returned on Saturday with a bang, scoring 25 points to go along with eight boards, three dimes, two blocks and two triples, but his hand injury isn't quite behind him just yet. "Once I went out and got a feel for the ball and took some shots and warmed up and saw how the hand felt, I knew I'd be a little limited, a little sore at times, but I knew I could be effective and compete," he said. Gasol will likely continue to play with a pad on his injured area, but he'll be out there so long as he doesn't suffer a setback.
Feb 8 - 8:50 AM

Mike Dunleavy, who made his season debut on Saturday, is confident that his conditioning will improve sooner rather than later.

"It's going to be a progression, build it up slowly," Dunleavy said. "I think [game condition] will come sooner rather than later. I put a lot of work in, feel pretty good about it. I'll be good." Dunleavy played just 14 minutes in his inaugural game, but his playing time will creep up so long as he doesn't have any setbacks after offseason surgery. When it does, he'll take minutes from Tony Snell, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott.
Feb 8 - 8:48 AM

Jimmy Butler (strained knee) will not play Monday and he will "likely" miss Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

Butler met with a team physician on Sunday but the Bulls have not provided an update on his status, and it's unclear whether he'll suit up for the All-Star game. Barring a positive update after Monday's shootaround, owners in weekly leagues should keep Butler on their benches heading into the break. E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, three 3-pointers and seven assists as a starter on Saturday, and he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS.
Feb 7 - 8:21 PM

Derrick Rose handed out a season-high 10 assists against the Wolves on Saturday during a 112-105 loss, adding 18 points, five rebounds and one steal.

He has been horrible in back-to-back sets and made just 6-of-20 from the field tonight. Rose is going to be really busy and could be an option in DFS while Jimmy Butler (knee) is out, but he doesn't get a big bump in standard leagues.
Feb 6 - 11:59 PM

Doug McDermott scored eight points with three rebounds and no turnovers in 26 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

The minutes were there, but the shots were not with McBuckets going just 3-of-8 from the field. While he does benefit from Jimmy Butler (knee) missing time, it's not enough to grab him in most leagues.
Feb 6 - 11:58 PM

Bobby Portis scored 15 points with three rebounds, one block and one steal in 28 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

The athletic Minnesota bigs gave Taj Gibson some problems, so that opened the door for Portis. This was really his first encouraging game in about a month, so we'll need to see him do it again.
Feb 6 - 11:55 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol returned from a hand injury and scored 25 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

His hand injury wasn't a problem tonight. Gasol should be locked in for minutes as long as the Bulls are in the playoff mix. Surprisingly, they are just one game up on the eighth seed.
Feb 6 - 11:52 PM

E'Twaun Moore scored 17 points with two rebounds, seven assists and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

He's playing his best ball in a very long time. Moore looks like he's the beneficiary of Jimmy Butler (knee) missing time, but he hasn't been consistent and Butler could be back after the break. Unless you have dead weight, there's no need to be aggressive on Moore. Although, if you have Butler and need insurance, he's worth a look in 16-team leagues.
Feb 6 - 11:49 PM

Mike Dunleavy made his season debut on Saturday with five points, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 14 minutes against the Wolves.

It wasn't a bad game for a guy who hasn't played in an NBA game in about nine months. Dunleavy is still only worth a look in deep leagues, especially with Jimmy Butler (knee) not dealing with a serious injury.
Feb 6 - 11:45 PM

Taj Gibson scored seven points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 32 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

He did not play down the stretch tonight in favor of Bobby Portis. Gibson couldn't really handle the athleticism of the Wolves bigs, which isn't unusual because even the elite Utah tandem struggled against them last week. Gibson should still be owned in all leagues.
Feb 6 - 11:43 PM
Tony Snell - G/F - Bulls

Tony Snell will start in place of Jimmy Butler (knee) on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

Butler could miss a few games because of his knee, but Mike Dunleavy (back) will be making his debut tonight which dampens the appeal for Snell. For now, leave Snell on the wire outside of the deepest of leagues.
Feb 6 - 7:57 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol (hand) will play on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

He was in good spirits during the warmups so it sounds like his hand is good to go. His return to the lineup will send Cameron Bairstow to the bench, while Bobby Portis will also lose several minutes with this report. Gasol should be activated in all lineups.
Feb 6 - 7:32 PM


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