Player News - Bulls

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

Pau Gasol said the Bulls should play with a "better flow offensively" with Fred Hoiberg as head coach.

Gasol is simply pointing out the obvious. More interestingly, however, is that Gasol revealed he has no idea if he'll be starting or coming off the bench under Hoiberg in his first year. "It's not that I see myself starting, I have to work and earn that," he said. "I don't know if my role is going to change at all, specifically," Gasol added. After averaging 18.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks on 49.4 percent shooting in his debut season with the Bulls, it's hard to see Gasol coming off the bench.
Aug 3 - 9:28 AM

Joakim Noah said that last season was "humbling" for him.

"Last year was very humbling," Noah said in regards to his health. "I feel hungrier than ever and ready to prove I can help this team win big." Noah appeared in 67 games last season and managed to stay active for the most part, but that's because the Bulls kept his minutes to around 30 per game. That trend could continue, and there has even been a report from Bulls writer Sam Smith that he could come off the bench next season. Noah's value would obviously take a hit with a move to the bench, but that is just speculation for now and head coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't indicated what his lineup or rotations will look like yet.
Aug 2 - 1:05 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol said that he didn't know why the Bulls fell short in the playoffs last season, but he admitted that there were some instances in which his team wasn't ready to play.

"It’s hard to pinpoint the specific reasons," Gasol said. "There was definitely an inconsistency throughout the year. We were kind of a very up-and-down team even though we finished third in the conference. We still had a lot of games that we just weren’t ready to play, just too many games we gave away against teams that we were supposed to beat." The Bulls will have a fresh start with Fred Hoiberg at the helm, but it's still unclear if there will be any lineup or rotation changes. Gasol's role should be safe, but his minutes could dip slightly with Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah all fighting for minutes.
Aug 2 - 9:17 AM

Derrick Rose is still undecided about attending Team USA minicamp.

He is weighing the benefits of taking time off before the start of training camp. Rose's injury history suggests that time off could be a good thing. He's also going to have to learn a new system and will likely play at a faster tempo. Rose wasn't even in the top 175 for per-game value in standard fantasy leagues last year, so he's not someone fantasy owners should target aggressively.
Aug 1 - 5:11 PM

According to Bulls writer Sam Smith, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are unlikely to start together next season.

To be clear, new Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't revealed his plans for the upcoming season, but we do know that he wants his team to play at a faster pace. The pairing of Gasol and Noah wasn't an ideal combination last season, and it's possible that Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic could be candidates to start at PF, with Gasol having the upper hand on Noah for the starting center slot. This is all speculation, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on heading into training camp because Noah's value would take a hit with a demotion to the bench.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 31 - 9:28 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol believes that the Bulls have a very strong team and that they can build off what they did last season.

"We have a very strong team. There are very few changes made as far as our roster. We can build on what we had last year." Gasol said. "I think with Fred [Hoiberg] we’re going to have more freedom to play in transition and explore our abilities as individuals and as a team." The Bulls roster as a whole should benefit in Hoiberg's up-tempo system, but it's still going to be hard for Gasol to match his 2014-15 season averages of 18.5 points, 11.8 boards, 2.7 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.
Jul 30 - 3:06 PM

Doug McDermott is expecting more minutes this season and said coach Fred Hoiberg wants him to move more without the ball.

The Bulls are going to change their offensive identity and it should help McDermott. Still, he was out of the rotation last year and he might have to fight off rookie Bobby Portis for minutes. Fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to drafting McBuckets.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:45 PM

Nazr Mohammed is contemplating retirement.

Mohammed said that is body feels "great," but he's only willing to suit up for 8-9 NBA teams. Mohammed is at the point in his career where he's only willing to play for a championship caliber squad, and it'll be interesting to see if the feeling is mutual. Mohammed could be described as a glue guy in the locker room, but his career averages of 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds tell you about all you need to know of his non-existent fantasy value.
Jul 21 - 3:01 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful Derrick Rose will benefit in an up-tempo style.

"I think he and Jimmy Butler have the ability to be as good a backcourt as any in the NBA," Hoiberg said. "They can play off of each other. That's what we'll try to do, get that thing moving, get that thing up the floor, and get our guys playing unselfish basketball." Rose isn't used to playing in an up-tempo style, but being in the open floor could cut down on his contested mid-range jumpers. There should be more fantasy goodness to go around in Chicago.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 20 - 6:57 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said he thinks Doug McDermott can play both forward spots.

Former coach Tom Thibodeau basically thought McBuckets couldn't play either forward spot. Hoiberg likes that McDermott can space the floor, which will really help Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler on the offensive end. Still, the Bulls are loaded at forward and even rookie Bobby Portis could pass McBuckets on the depth chart soon.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 20 - 6:52 PM

New Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg wants Doug McDermott to be more aggressive.

"I think the biggest thing with Doug is to go out and aggressive," Hoiberg said. "He didn't shoot the ball great this week, but he did everything else well. ... The one thing I know he can do is shoot," Hoiberg added. Expect McDermott to play a larger role under Hoiberg than he did under former head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Jul 20 - 8:42 AM

Bobby Portis was tremendous in a loss to the Suns on Saturday, scoring 25 points with 15 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes.

He was great on both ends, especially becoming a complete weapon on offense. Portis has been able to hold his own against bigger guys on the low block on defense and his only glaring hole so far has been a lack of production on the offensive glass. The rookie from Arkansas has the potential to do it all on the stat sheet, but he's buried on the depth chart.
Jul 18 - 9:57 PM

Jimmy Butler firmly denied that there was any tension between him and Derrick Rose last season.

"I think he's always been supportive of me being aggressive, especially on offense," Butler said of Rose. "We all know that I'll be the aggressor on defense. So from what I can tell, the guy's always been in my corner." Butler has already downplayed this story before, so it's clear that there isn't much to see here. After averaging 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.1 3-pointers and just 1.4 turnovers per game last season, Butler should be an option at the end of the first round in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Jul 18 - 12:15 PM

Doug McDermott scored 25 points on 11-of-25 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds and one steal in Thursday's Summer League win over the Raptors.

McDermott has looked good during Summer League but he's a total question mark heading into the regular season. Factor in a fantasy game that is lacking in a number of areas -- he's somebody owners don't have to watch too closely for now.
Jul 16 - 11:53 PM

Bobby Portis started at center and hit 7-of-13 shots for 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks on Wednesday.

This was a much better showing than Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting performance, but it's still hard to see Portis getting a lot of minutes behind Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic.
Jul 16 - 12:44 AM


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