Player News - Bulls

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Dwyane Wade said the Bulls are "Jimmy Butler's team."

"This wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Jimmy Butler," Wade said. He said he's just going to play his game, so it doesn't sound like he'll be adding many 3-pointers to his arsenal. Wade ranked in the top five for usage rate among qualifiers in the last two years, so it'll be interesting to see how the shots are distributed in the Chicago offense. Wade will be a risky mid-round pick.
Jul 29 - 3:24 PM

Jimmy Butler believes that he will be a good fit next to Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.

"There are multiple ways to score the basketball. I don’t get into analytics and the numbers," Butler said. "I think D-Wade has put the ball in the basket for a lot of years. He’s a great player because of the way he scores the ball. I don’t think you can call him a non shooter because he can definitely shoot the ball. Rondo, call him what you want, but he’s effective at what he does." Butler's usage rate will likely drop playing next to Wade and Rondo, but he's still locked in as a solid target in the second round.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 29 - 10:00 AM

The Bulls have officially signed G Spencer Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie will be competing for reserve minutes with Jerian Grant, meaning that his fantasy value will be non-existent in most leagues.
Jul 28 - 5:50 PM

Jimmy Butler said that he feels he no longer has "too much to prove."

"I don’t think I have a chip on my shoulder. I don’t think I have too much to prove like back in the day," said Butler. "That doesn’t mean I don’t work hard or anything. I just think I go about things a little differently." Butler also credited his former coach Tom Thibodeau for his development, and said he's got a lot of "love and respect" for Thibs. Derrick Rose is no longer in Chicago to dominate the rock, but Jimmy Buckets will still be fighting for touches with both Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
Jul 28 - 3:30 PM

Cristiano Felicio has emerged as the "strong favorite" to replace Anderson Varejao on Brazil's Olympic roster, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

About six months ago, Felicio was a non-factor in the NBA. However, he had an eye-catching April with averages of 7.9 points, 5.9 boards, 1.1 assists, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 turnovers. Felicio also looked great for the Summer League champion Bulls with 11.4 points per game on a remarkable 78.4 true shooting percentage. The 24-year-old center is already on the radar in very deep leagues.
Jul 27 - 4:48 PM

Doug McDermott said the Bulls second unit should fit coach Fred Hoiberg's style.

"People have been questioning bringing in D. Wade and [Rajon] Rondo, saying they don't fit Fred's style," McDermott said. "But we have four or five guys coming off the bench who really do fit Fred's style and we can gel with those other guys." Earlier in the interview, he also mentioned Bobby Portis, Cris Felicio, Denzel Valentine and Jerian Grant. In other words, chances are those five will be coming off the bench while Nikola Mirotic gets the start. Just keep an eye on McDermott for now.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 20 - 6:47 PM

Bobby Portis said that his primary focus this offseason will be improving his defense.

"Last year, almost everyone kind of criticized my defense," said Portis. "I think that was my criticism from day one. I’ll be working on that the most out of anything this summer—just my lateral quickness, me getting down in a stance and me holding my own in the post, too." Portis added that he's also been working on expanding his range and improving his low-post game, but defense is going to be his main priority. Portis has a ton of talent, but his upside is capped by the presence of Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic.
Source: NBPA
Jul 20 - 10:24 AM

Jerian Grant said that he's excited to play in Fred Hoiberg's uptempo system.

"We had a spread, fast-paced offense at Notre Dame with a lot of pick-and-rolls. That’s what I’m used to, so I think I can definitely thrive in this offense," Grant said. "[Hoiberg] has been telling me in practice and games that he wants me to push the pace. Me being a bigger, quicker guard, I think I can really help out." While Grant is excited for a new opportunity in Chicago, his fantasy value will be irrelevant in most formats as long as Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are healthy.
Jul 19 - 5:28 PM

Jerian Grant won Summer League Finals MVP in a win over the Wolves on Monday, scoring 24 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He got it going early and was very active in his 34 minutes. Grant was not playing well before this game, making just 31.3 percent from the field in his previous six games. Unless Rajon Rondo needs to miss time, there won't be much run available for Grant this season.
Jul 18 - 11:20 PM

Bobby Portis scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, four steals, three turnovers and four 3-pointers on Monday.

He played extremely well and his improved conditioning went a long way. Portis still is a little bit raw as a play-maker, but his shooting touch could help him get decent minutes out of the gate. After a disappointing finish to his rookie year, Portis could be a sneaky late pick.
Jul 18 - 11:15 PM

Denzel Valentine hit a game-winning jumper at the overtime buzzer to propel the Bulls to a Las Vegas Summer League title, finishing with five points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, four turnovers and one 3-pointer.

He actually had a terrible game up until the last minute of the fourth quarter and didn't even score in the first three quarters. On the stat sheet, Valentine had a somewhat disappointing trip to Las Vegas, averaging 12.3 points, 6.5 boards and 2.7 assists in his previous Vegas games. He'll be coming off the bench and could be someone to watch if Dwyane Wade needs to miss time.
Jul 18 - 11:10 PM

Jimmy Butler said he expects to play for the Bulls next season.

"Whoever I play for is gonna get my best effort," Butler said. "If it's the Bulls, which I think it will be, I'm coming at everybody." The Bulls were getting a lot of calls on Butler on the night of the NBA Draft, and chances are the rumors will still be out there. Regardless, Butler is worth a look as a top-20 pick in fantasy.
Jul 18 - 7:00 PM

Denzel Valentine posted 13 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and only one turnover during the Bulls' 85-79 win vs. the Cavs on Sunday.

Valentine isn't shooting well at Summer League (5-of-14 tonight) but he's still contributing across the board with 12.2 points, 1.6 threes, 6.2 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 27 minutes per game. He was great down the stretch tonight and has shown a tendency to warm up in the second half of games in Vegas, a trend we'll keep an eye on during the preseason.
Jul 17 - 10:08 PM

Bobby Portis finished Sunday's semi-final game in Vegas with 16 points (5-of-16 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), nine rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 35 minutes.

Portis came in averaging 15.8 points in Summer League action, and his 9.4 boards per game trailed only Cheick Diallo, Thon Maker and Alan Williams. Portis was 1-of-4 from deep tonight but he came in a combined 5-of-13 in his previous five games (38.5 percent), which is an encouraging sign for his fantasy outlook.
Jul 17 - 10:07 PM

Jerian Grant shot 3-of-11 from the field on Sunday, but he made 6-of-6 free throws to finish the Bulls' semi-final victory with 13 points, three assists and two steals.

Grant's fantasy prospects tanked when Rajon Rondo signed with the Bulls, though he's still the favorite to earn backup minutes ahead of Spencer Dinwiddie (10 points, two rebounds). Neither guy is worth drafting outside of very deep leagues.
Jul 17 - 10:07 PM


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