Player News - Bulls

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Taj Gibson, who added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame over the summer, says he's disappointed at not winning last season's Sixth Man of the Year Award (won by Jamal Crawford).

"It was great to be amongst the names of guys like J.R. Smith, Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom," Gibson said. "I was kind of disappointed I didn't win it, but that's more fuel for my fire to push forward." Gibson should still see solid fourth-quarter minutes this season, but we'd like his chances for fantasy success a lot more if he wasn't playing behind Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
Oct 1 - 8:09 PM

Joakim Noah (left knee) scrimmaged without any setbacks on Wednesday, and said afterward that he felt better than he did on Tuesday.

Noah wore a large brace to protect his knee but it didn't seem to bother him. He had arthroscopic surgery in May and is anticipating a "grueling season," but the fact that he's playing without restrictions bodes well for his season outlook.
Oct 1 - 1:19 PM

Tom Thibodeau downplayed the role that rookie Nikola Mirotic might play this season.

"I know there's a steep learning curve [for rookies]," said Thibs. "You can't do it at the expense of winning or losing games ... But shooting is one of the areas we wanted to address, and I think we've done that." Fantasy owners should avoid Mirotic as long as Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson are healthy, but he's already impressed Derrick Rose during training camp. "We already know he can shoot, but he's good," Rose said.
Oct 1 - 10:48 AM

Derrick Rose reiterated his desire to avoid unnecessary contact this season, which could mean he'll choose his spots when driving at the rim.

"If I have an open shot, shoot. If I have a pull-up, shoot it. Shoot a lot more floaters so that people won’t touch my body like they did in the past throughout the entire game," Rose said. "I think that [constant contact] really hurts you I think as an athlete — you need your years." Rose's shot attempts have slowly shifted toward the 3-point line throughout his five-year career, a change which may be accelerated this season -- hopefully an increase in 3-pointers will offset any loss in FG percentage.
Oct 1 - 9:45 AM

While Taj Gibson isn't expected to start for the Bulls, he could still see solid minutes, especially in the fourth quarter of games.

"You can’t overlook Taj [Gibson]," Thibodeau said. "Taj was probably our best fourth-quarter player last year. We’re going to finish with the guys who give us the best chance to win. ... We have three guys [Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Gibson] that I know we can finish with. I’m going to ask them all to sacrifice." Thibs also said he's not going to play all three bigs together much, if at all, but Gibson's value could see a spike if he's playing heavy fourth-quarter minutes. But unless there's an injury to Gasol or Noah, Gibson is going to be a tough player to use in most fantasy leagues.
Sep 30 - 10:16 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said that he doesn't like playing Taj Gibson next to Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.

"The jumbo lineup? We tried that last year. I don’t see that working in today’s NBA," Thibodeau said. Gibson is just going to be a backup and he's backing up a better player in Gasol than Carlos Boozer, so his outlook is a little more ominous this year despite his terrific performance in 2013-14. Fantasy owners in 12-team leagues can probably shoot for higher upside unless they want to handcuff Gasol or Noah.
Sep 30 - 9:26 PM

Derrick Rose is healthy and ready to get the preseason going as soon as possible, he said on Tuesday.

"When you miss two years you want games right away," Rose said. "I wish we had a game tomorrow, but we’ve got to wait a couple of more days." It will be interesting to see how many games Rose plays in this season, as well as if he gets the night off on back-to-backs, along with routine rest during practices. His shot was broken this summer in FIBA play and he hasn't really played in the NBA in two years. But if he has a good preseason and enters the year fully healthy, he could be a steal on draft night, as he's not going until Round 3, at the earliest, in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 9:06 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol worked with the first unit on Tuesday.

It would have been a shock to see Taj Gibson start over Gasol, but it's still worth a mention. Pau will likely be a point forward for the Bulls and could be an underrated asset in fantasy leagues. He's a bit boring to draft since his role will likely be less on a slower-paced Bulls team, but that's fine.
Sep 30 - 7:23 PM

Mike Dunleavy worked with the first unit in Tuesday's practice.

There was some buzz that Doug McDermott or Tony Snell could unseat Dunleavy, but that seems unlikely at this point. Coach Tom Thibodeau usually leans on his veterans more than most coaches, which makes it tough to get excited about drafting McDermott in fantasy leagues. Dunleavy is a low-upside target late in deeper formats.
Sep 30 - 7:21 PM
Tony Snell - G/F - Bulls

Tom Thibodeau said on Tuesday that Tony Snell "needs to be more consistent," according to beat writer K.C. Johnson.

Thibs "doesn't sound high on Snell" and this bodes poorly for his season outlook, as Thibodeau isn't afraid to run his starters for heavy minutes at the expense of backups. With Jimmy Butler locked into the SG position and both Mike Dunleavy and Doug McDermott at SF, there isn't currently much upside for Snell.

Joakim Noah hopes to be without limitations following arthroscopic surgery he underwent in early May on his left knee.

"It's going to be a grueling season," said Noah. "This is the first time I've had surgery on my knee. I'm hoping there are no limitations." Noah added that he is going to be cautious with his knee, but all reports up to this point have been positive and he's expected to be ready for training camp after a relatively minor procedure. Noah has struggled with health throughout his career, but he was able to make it through 80 games last season on his way to career-high averages of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. While he's not likely to return to his 5.4 assist per game average this year with a healthy Derrick Rose orchestrating the offense, he's still going to be worth an early-round selection in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 6:22 PM

Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau hinted during media day that rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic will not be rotation players during their rookie season.

"You don't see championship teams with two rookies in rotation," said Thibodeau. "There will be a period of adjustment." That statement pretty much kills the fantasy value of these rooks, however, it's possible if McDermott can impress during preseason he can earn himself some minutes as the Bulls are in need of 3-point shooting. On the other hand, Mirotic will be playing behind Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol, and it just doesn't seem likely he'll be able to carve out a big enough role to be an impact player during his introductory season.
Sep 29 - 5:19 PM

Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau said that he expects Derrick Rose to play without restrictions for the 2014-15 season.

Bulls GM Gar Forman also added he feels Rose has complete trust in his knee, and he saw "reactivity and explosiveness" during Rose's games at the FIBA World Cup. Bulls management from top to bottom has been very positive with all reports regarding Rose, despite his struggles shooting the ball (25.4 percent from the field) during the FIBA tournament. Rose will be asked to be a focal point of the Bulls offense this season, but remains an extremely risky early-round selection in re-draft leagues.
Sep 29 - 5:10 PM

The Chicago Bulls are hoping to sign Jimmy Butler to an extension before Oct. 31 to prevent him from becoming a restricted free agent.

He had a terrific 2013-14 season and the Bulls are hoping that their young star continues to improve. It is an easy decision for the Bulls to re-sign him, as he has quickly become one of the best defenders in the league. Expect the Bulls to continue to overload him with minutes and enjoy the ride. Target him near the middle of your draft.
Sep 27 - 8:31 PM

K.C. Johnson reported that Derrick Rose should see around 30 minutes per game as the bulls try to be conservative with their superstar.

Rose saw around 30 minutes per game the last time he went down so this is a pretty safe estimate. Rose demonstrated the same athleticism that we were used to during the FIBA World Cup but his jump shot was downright awful. He is going to be a very risky pick near the first few rounds of standard drafts, and it would also not be surprising to see him held out of some back-to-backs at some point.
Sep 27 - 8:16 PM

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