Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol will reportedly be a free agency priority for the San Antonio Spurs.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Gasol is at the top of the Spurs free agency wish list after he decided not to pick up his player option with the Bulls. While the Spurs will likely have competition for Gasol, they offer the 35-year-old an opportunity to win so it wouldn't be a huge shock to see him sign with San Antonio. We'll keep an eye on Gasol when free agency begins on July 1, but joining the Spurs wouldn't necessarily be a great thing for his fantasy value.
Jun 28 - 10:49 AM

Jimmy Butler thinks the Bulls need to add more players who can help the team.

While Butler is now the franchise player in Chicago, he knows he can't do it alone. "I can't do this by myself. I need four other guys out there with me," Butler said. "We need guys coming off the bench to help us win games. All that talk about who's team it is, we need to have a team full of guys who think it's their team and help us win." The Bulls 2016-17 offense will primarily run through Butler and he should have no problem returning first-round value for his fantasy owners.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 10:04 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol will not pick up his player option and will be an unrestricted free agent.

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time. Gasol is likely to be targeted by the Knicks, which would be a great landing spot for him. He likely won't be back with the Bulls with the team looking to change its identity.
Jun 27 - 4:13 PM

Cristiano Felicio is expected to play on Chicago's summer league team.

Felicio showed some intrigue in short bursts with the Bulls last season, but he's going to have to show a whole lot more if he wants to enjoy a real role in the rotation in 2016-17. There is intriguing potential here, but it may be a while before it could be fully realized.
Jun 27 - 1:28 PM

Bobby Portis is expected to play in summer league.

If Chicago winds up moving on from Taj Gibson, the Free Bobby Portis movement is about to be restarted with an exclamation point. We could be looking at a breakout season from Portis, but he needs to work on enjoying sustainable success at this level.
Jun 27 - 1:25 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to play for Chicago's summer league team.

Dinwiddie was just acquired by the Bulls not even two weeks ago, so Chicago will want an early look to assess what they have in their newest player.
Jun 27 - 1:22 PM

The Bulls view re-signing E'Twaun Moore as a priority in free agency.

The Bulls have Jerian Grant, Jose Calderon, Spencer Dinwiddie and not a whole lot else at the point guard position, and Moore is also attractive because he can play both backcourt spots. After enjoying some sustained success in Chicago last season, Moore seems likely to be back in the Windy City.

Doug McDermott is not expected to play in summer league.

McDermott will practice with Chicago's summer league squad, but he will not participate in any games. Assuming the Bulls find a taker for Mike Dunleavy's contract—something the team will undoubtedly explore—McDermott could soon find himself with a starter's role and a copious amount of playing time.
Jun 27 - 12:33 PM

Jimmy Butler is "excited" about Chicago's future and recently spent time with head coach Fred Hoiberg in Los Angeles.

Hoiberg and Butler have been in "constant communication" since the season ended with Hoiberg stating that Butler is in a "great frame of mind." We still don't buy that Chicago wasn't shopping him on draft night, but it appears both sides are prepared to move forward with one another while harboring no ill will.
Jun 27 - 12:29 PM

Fred Hoiberg praised Robin Lopez's ability to "rim roll" and play defensively.

Lopez should serve as Chicago's new Joakim Noah, and right now he doesn't have a lot of competition for minutes with Pau Gasol also out of the picture. Even if the Bulls add a backup behind Lopez—which Chicago should do despite Cristiano Felicio's presence on the roster—the "other" Lopez projects as an underrated, under-appreciated fantasy asset ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Jun 27 - 12:27 PM

The Bulls are excited by Denzel Valentine's on-court versatility.

"He checks a lot of boxes. He can shoot with range and we love his ability to handle and pass the ball," GM Gar Forman said. Coach Fred Hoiberg added that he could play Valentine "all over the court" because "he's a facilitator." It sure sounds like Valentine is going to have every opportunity to make an immediate impact in his inaugural season. Additionally, Valentine is expected to play on Chicago's summer league team, so we'll get our first look at him early in the process.
Jun 27 - 12:22 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat are discussing Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard as alternatives to Hassan Whiteside if the big man departs in free agency.

There really isn't much to take away from this report until if and/or when Whiteside actually makes a decision. If Miami loses him, they'll go back to the drawing board to determine which—if any—of the aforementioned big men could be the best fit for the new team they're (again) trying to build.
Jun 27 - 11:01 AM

The Knicks and Joakim Noah have a mutual interest in one another, sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Noah and New York flirting with one another is the worst kept non-secret of the NBA offseason so far, so expect the reports to continue flowing until a resolution comes to light. Per Berman, the Knicks have a "very high interest" in Noah, while Joakim is "eager for at least a sitdown with the Knicks." At this point, it appears Phil Jackson's new-look starting five could very well include Noah as Robin Lopez's replacement.
Jun 27 - 10:27 AM

Joakim Noah isn't interested in re-signing with the Bulls, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to the report, Noah has "no trust in the direction of the [Bulls'] front office," and his priorities are being on a winning team, having the opportunity to start and finish games, and finding a franchise that will support his charity work with the Noah's Arc Foundation. The 31-year-old center will have plenty of suitors this summer but fantasy owners should be wary of him following two disappointing, injury-riddled seasons.
Jun 26 - 11:21 PM

According to the New York Post, Joakim Noah is the Knicks' top target in free agency.

We already know that Derrick Rose is going to recruit him, and New York obviously needs a starting center after trading away Robin Lopez to the Bulls. Noah has also been linked to the Wolves, but the Knicks have plenty of cap space and it sounds like they are going to aggressively pursue him on July 1.
Jun 26 - 10:57 AM


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