Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:
Tony Snell - G/F - Bulls

Tony Snell scored 10 of his 13 points during the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Clippers, adding three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 33 minutes of action.

Snell was forced into action when Jimmy Butler went down with an elbow injury early in the third quarter, but he's been playing well lately, averaging 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers during the month of February. With Butler's status for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards uncertain at this point, Snell is worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Mar 1 - 6:37 PM

Joakim Noah put up a double-double during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, scoring 13 points on 2-of-8 shooting (9-of-14 from the stripe), with 11 rebounds, six assists and one turnover through 35 minutes of action.

Noah's been struggling with his shot since the break, knocking down just 41.2 percent of his attempts. However, the other numbers are there with 13.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.0 block per game since the break, so owners can expect his scoring numbers (7.2 points per game) to jump once his shot starts falling.
Mar 1 - 6:30 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol was cleared limited by his illness during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, scoring just four points on 2-of-13 shooting, to go with 15 rebounds and four assists through 33 minutes of action.

Tom Thibodeau acknowledged after the game that Gasol is still very sick, and he gave him credit for going out there and giving it everything he had. The Bulls don't play again until Tuesday, so hopefully that gives him enough time to fully recover from his illness. If Jimmy Butler (elbow) is unable to go on Tuesday, Gasol is going to be busy on offense.
Mar 1 - 6:10 PM

Aaron Brookes scored 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, adding two 3-pointers, one rebound, three assists and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

Brooks hasn't done much since entering the starting lineup, averaging just 10.0 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 three-pointers per game. The minutes are there, but the production hasn't come around yet. He's still worth holding onto in standard leagues given the Bulls' dire need for offense, especially with Jimmy Butler (elbow) going down on Sunday.
Mar 1 - 6:01 PM

Nikola Mirotic was fantastic on Sunday, scoring a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting, to go with nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

Taj Gibson (ankle) was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot, so it looks like Mirotic is going to get some additional time to produce for Chicago with Derrick Rose (knee) out, and Jimmy Butler's (elbow) status up in the air for Tuesday. What makes Mirotic's line even more impressive is that he was the only Bull to score a field goal during the entire fourth quarter, and he's well worth a look in standard leagues.
Mar 1 - 5:54 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot following Sunday's loss to the Clippers.

Gibson did not play on Sunday, and we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Nikola Mirotic stepped up in a big way on Sunday, scoring 29 points (setting a new career-high), and he's worth a look in standard leagues.
Mar 1 - 4:09 PM

Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

We'll continue to track Butler's status closely, and we're considering him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Tony Snell will likely draw the start if Butler is unavailable on Tuesday, and he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues with averages of 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers through the month of February.
Mar 1 - 3:55 PM

Jimmy Butler (left elbow sprain) will not return for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

Butler will finish Sunday's game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers, two assists, two rebounds, and one turnover. The Bulls play again on Tuesday vs. Washington, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Tony Snell stepped up when Butler went down, scoring 10 points in the third quarter, and he'll be worth a look in deep leagues if Butler is forced to sit out on Tuesday.
Mar 1 - 2:55 PM

Updating a previous report, Jimmy Butler has been diagnosed with a left elbow sprain and his return is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but the fact he's dealing with a sprain and not something more serious can be seen as a positive. Tony Snell will be the primary beneficiary if Butler is forced to miss any time.
Mar 1 - 2:45 PM

Jimmy Butler was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the Clippers with an apparent left arm injury, and his return is questionable.

Butler injured himself running into a hard screen set by DeAndre Jordan, and was forced to immediately exit the game while clutching his left arm. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but Tony Snell will be in line for a healthy heaping of minutes if Butler is forced to miss any time. Stay tuned.
Mar 1 - 2:27 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol (illness) is good to go for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

He missed just one game due to illness, but with Taj Gibson sidelined with an ankle injury, Gasol should see his normal allotment of minutes vs. the Clippers. Even if he isn't quite 100 percent, Gasol has been an animal this season and is obviously a must-start option in all leagues.
Mar 1 - 11:20 AM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Clippers.

He was limping pretty severely when he left Friday's game and he still can't put weight on his ankle which suggests that he will see some more time on the sidelines. Pau Gaol is returning from an illness, so the Bulls should be able to cope without him for a game or two. Nikola Mirotic is loaded with upside, and is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value.
Mar 1 - 11:17 AM

Head coach Tom Thiodeau said that he is confident Derrick Rose will return this season.

"He'll get past this hurdle," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He has made it through two tough rehabs. This one will be much shorter, and he'll get back to being who he is." Rose is expected to be sidelined for anywhere from 4-6 weeks, and while it would be great to see him back in time for the NBA playoffs, he likely won't return quick enough to impact fantasy leagues. Aaron Brooks hasn't exactly been lighting it up, but he is still worth owing in most leagues as long as he continues to start in Rose's absence.
Mar 1 - 10:40 AM

Derrick Rose (knee) started his rehab on Saturday.

His surgery wasn't nearly as severe as last time, so he's obviously not going to need five months like he did back in the 2013-14 season to allow his torn meniscus to heal. For what it's worth, Metta World Peace needed less than two weeks to return from a torn meniscus earlier in his career, so Rose's 4-6 week timetable is doable. Still, he's not worth owning because the Bulls will likely take it easy on him until the playoffs. Aaron Brooks has been a letdown, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 2:24 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol (illness) is ready to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

He missed Friday due to an illness, but he should be right back up there with his normal playing time. The Bulls used a combination of Nazr Mohammad and a lot of small-ball lineups on Friday, so there wasn't a great pickup after Taj Gibson (ankle) went down. Gasol owners should have him back in their lineups.
Feb 28 - 2:20 PM


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