Player News - Bulls

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Taj Gibson tweeted on Friday night that he likes coming off the bench.

There was a report that he likes coming off the bench earlier this week, which has been a big storyline all offseason. Gibson was probably going to start in Chicago after his breakout season in 2013-14, but the addition of Pau Gasol put the kibosh on that idea. He will probably have less fantasy value this year compared to last year.
Sep 20 - 9:18 AM

Taj Gibson is not thrilled with the possibility of coming off the bench next season.

Gibson, along with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will make up one of the best front courts in the NBA. However, when it comes to the starting lineup, there will be an odd-man out. Aggery Sam of CSN Chicago reports that Gibson is not happy with a reserve role. "Privately, Gibson isn’t too thrilled with the prospect of continuing to be a reserve, according to multiple people familiar with the situation, but the upbeat, team-first player values winning and chemistry too much to make it an issue or distraction." Potential fantasy owners should not shy away from Gibson; he still holds a ton of fantasy value as a favorite of coach Tom Thibodeau.
Sep 18 - 5:24 PM

The Bulls have signed E'Twaun Moore to a two-year contract, with the first year 50 percent guaranteed.

The guaranteed money makes it likely that Moore will stay on Tom Thibodeau's regular season roster. He won't have fantasy value with Derrick Rose healthy and both Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich supporting the PG position, but he's a solid insurance policy in case injuries strike Chicago's backcourt.
Sep 16 - 2:34 PM

Tom Thibodeau focused on the positive aspects of Derrick Rose's participation in the FIBA World Cup, including his ability to play five games in six days.

Rose stayed healthy and helped Team USA to the gold medal, though he averaged only 4.8 points on 25.4 percent shooting and was a combined 1-of-19 from downtown. He also had 18 turnovers to go along with his 28 assists, and will need to scrape off a few more layers of rust before Chicago's season opener vs. the Knicks on Oct. 29.
Sep 14 - 6:21 PM

Derrick Rose said he would give his FIBA World Cup performance an "A" grade.

He must not have had many difficult classes in his day. Rose is sitting at 27.3 percent from the field and is 1-of-17 from beyond the arc, which gives him an effective field goal percentage of 28.2 in eight FIBA games. As a reference point, Michael Carter-Williams finished last among qualifiers with a 43.1 effective field goal percentage last season. Despite what he says, Rose really needs a strong game in the final to help his confidence.
Sep 14 - 9:19 AM

Derrick Rose said he's in the best shape ever before training camp.

"I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish but win this championship. That’s tomorrow," Rose said. He's saying all the right things, but his performances are speaking much louder volumes. Rose's jumper seems to be broken right now, and maybe he'll get it figured out before the regular season starts.
Sep 13 - 10:40 AM

Derrick Rose said he's not worried about his jump shot at the FIBA World Cup.

He gets bonus points for his unwavering confidence, but Rose has somehow shot just 1-of-17 from downtown in the tournament, and looked horrible against Lithuania on Thursday, making just 1-of-8 from the field. He's only had one good game in FIBA and will look to make it two in the final on Sunday.
Sep 12 - 9:52 AM

Derrick Rose's abysmal FIBA World Cup continued on Thursday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and three turnovers against Lithuania on Thursday.

Well, so much for that 6-of-10 shooting line on Tuesday carrying over into the semifinal. Rose is now just 1-of-17 from beyond the arc in the tournament and his jumper has been useless. He's still getting around people with his dribble, but he's now had eight games to shake off the rust, and it's becoming even more difficult to give him a pass. Fantasy owners should just let someone else deal with him at this point.
Sep 11 - 5:02 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol's World Cup run ended with a 17 point, eight rebound effort in Spain's 65-52 loss to France.

Gasol made 7-of-12 field goal attempts, notching 17 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and three blocks. He has been one of the MVP's of the tournament so far, but could not get Spain to the medal round. It's a disappointing end for Gasol, but he reminded the basketball world he still has plenty of skill and talent left heading into his 14th NBA season.
Sep 10 - 5:53 PM

Derrick Rose has shot 1-of-13 from beyond the arc through seven games at the FIBA World Cup.

He's averaging just 5.6 points in the tournament, but to his credit he's adding 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in just 18 minutes per game. He looked sharper and more aggressive vs. Slovenia during Tuesday's quarterfinals, scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. With any luck his 3-point drought is temporary -- he was hitting 1.6 triples on a career-high 34.0 percent shooting from deep in 10 games last season.
Sep 9 - 5:29 PM

Derrick Rose said he think he's figured out what's wrong with his shot and said everyone will see his improvements against Slovenia on Tuesday.

ESPN's Marc Stein added that a source told him that Rose's jumper looks a little different. He is shooting a pathetic 21.6 percent from the field in FIBA while the rest of Team USA is shooting over 55 percent. We'll let you know how he fares on Tuesday.
Sep 8 - 9:14 AM

Tom Thibodeau emphasized that it will be a process for Derrick Rose to return to his MVP-form, and that there's not much to read into his uninspiring stat-lines through the FIBA World Cup.

"If you look at the missed layups, those are ones he usually makes, so that will come,’’ Thibodeau told reporters. "As he finds the rhythm of the game, it will get better and better for him... He’s not playing a lot of minutes, so that’s different for him, but he’s finding his way." Rose also said that he was "laughing" about going scoreless in USAB's game vs. Mexico, and added that it's hard to come into games aggressively looking to score when your team is up by 20 points. Rose has not had a good tournament, struggling to score against weak defenses (21.6 percent from the field), but some rust is to be expected after only playing in 10 games over two years. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs during preseason when he’ll be asked to score as the team’s number one option on offense. Rose remains an extremely risky selection come draft day.
Sep 7 - 8:48 AM

Derrick Rose said he can still be a dominant scorer for the Bulls this upcoming season.

"Oh, hell yeah; c’mon, man," Rose said when asked if he's capable of being an elite scorer. "I’m definitely ready for that. But right now [for Team USA], I don’t have to, so what’s the need?" Coach Tom Thibodeau added that the World Cup has been "all positive" for Rose. Hopefully, he can get one good game in before he comes back to the states, because his 21.6 percent from the field right in his six FIBA games would not be a positive for fantasy owners.
Sep 6 - 6:45 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol continued his MVP-like run at the FIBA World Cup during Spain's 89-56 victory over Senegal on Saturday, scoring 17 points with five boards, one assist and three blocks on 8-of-10 from the field.

He made all eight shot attempts from inside the arc and absolutely had his way in the paint. Spain has looked fantastic the entire tournament and they'll get to face France in the quarterfinals. They already beat France 88-64 in group play on Sept. 3, so this could get ugly again. As for Pau, the Bulls have to be pleased with his performance. He's a bit of a forgotten man in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts and could be a steal.
Sep 6 - 6:01 PM

Derrick Rose went scoreless on his five attempts from the field vs. Mexico on Saturday, adding two rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.

This has not been a great week for Rose. He's had some positives with his lateral quickness, but he isn't elevating like he used, he's turning the ball over too often, and now he's shooting an abysmal 21.6 percent from the field. There's no reason to overreact, but this is even tougher to swallow considering how great his teammates have looked.
Sep 6 - 11:38 AM


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