Player News - Bulls

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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said there will "absolutely" be opportunities for Cristiano Felicio to earn minutes as the season progresses.

"We were ready [to play Felicio] when we played Charlotte just because of their size," Hoiberg said. "We’re confident in Cris." For his part, Felicio admitted that he has to be "a lot better offensively ... I think that’s going to help me get more minutes." Robin Lopez could eventually be traded, but until then Felicio belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dec 18 - 12:03 AM

Zach LaVine will not practice on Sunday due to back spasms.

This is why the Bulls are going to be extremely cautious bringing LaVine back, as it's going to take a lot of time to build his strength back up. His timetable to return is in January, so he's worth stashing if you have an I.R. spot.
Dec 17 - 12:15 PM

Lauri Markkanen (back) will be limited at practice on Sunday.

Coach Fred Hoiberg said there's a good chance that Markkanen will return on Monday vs. Philly if he goes through practice without any setbacks, but they want to see how his back responds in the morning first. If the rookie can't play, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis will continue to see extended minutes.
Dec 17 - 12:13 PM

The Bulls have recalled Cristiano Felicio from the G-League.

Bobby Portis has been getting the backup center minutes behind Robin Lopez lately, pushing Felicio completely out of the rotation.
Dec 17 - 11:50 AM

The Bulls have recalled Kay Felder from the G-League.

Felder had some nice moments earlier this season, but he's irrelevant with both Kris Dunn and Jerian Grant active.
Dec 17 - 11:49 AM

Cristiano Felicio was sent to the G League.

He's basically the third-string center and the only four minutes he's played in the last six games were during garbage time. Felicio has no fantasy value in even super deep leagues while Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis are healthy.
Dec 16 - 3:43 PM

Kris Dunn finished with 17 points, seven assists and two steals across 25 minutes in Friday's win at Milwaukee.

Dunn was a very efficient 7-of-12 from the field, too. If fantasy owners are going to complain it is because he finished with zero rebounds while going 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. That's splitting hairs, however, as he has posted double-digit point totals in a season-high seven straight while dishing out five or more assists in nine of the past 10 outings.
Dec 15 - 11:53 PM

David Nwaba ended up with 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals across 35 minutes off the bench Friday in Milwaukee.

Nwaba hit 5-of-9 from the floor, including 1-of-1 from the 3-point line, as he outplayed Denzel Valentine again. The former Michigan State star has faded in the month of December, while Nwaba routinely outplays him. It might be just a matter of time before a change is made and Nwaba is plugged into the starting five, but Nwaba has said he likes to come off the bench. He's almost too hot to leave on the wire in competitive leagues.
Dec 15 - 11:50 PM

Denzel Valentine ended up with just two points, four rebounds and an assist with a minus-13 rating across 18 minutes on Friday at Milwaukee.

Valentine was outplayed again by David Nwaba, who finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals across 35 minutes. It might not be a bad idea to swap Valentine for Nwaba if the latter is available off your waiver wire as it seems only a matter of time before a switch is made in the starting five.
Dec 15 - 11:31 PM

Justin Holiday finished with eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists over his 38 minutes in Friday's win at Milwaukee.

Holiday has had a rough time shooting in the month of December, hitting just 34.1 percent (27-of-79) from the field in eight games. Despite the shooting woes he had hit at least one 3-pointer in each of his previous seven games, but he was 0-of-4 from behind the arc in this one. Despite the struggles on offense, he continues to chip in on rebounds assists and steals to help his fantasy owners.
Dec 15 - 11:26 PM

Bobby Portis finished with a team-high 27 points, 12 rebounds and a steal across 29 minutes off the bench in Friday's win in Milwaukee.

Portis hit 9-of-16 from the floor, 2-of-5 on 3-pointers and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. It was his first double-double since he has Nov. 10. He has been able to co-exist with Nikola Mirotic so far, although the two have yet to mend fences after their dust-up earlier this season cause Mirotic to land on the Injured List with facial fractures. Portis was seeing plenty of minutes with Lauri Markkanen (back) on the shelf.
Dec 15 - 11:22 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 22 points with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal across 29 minutes Friday at Milwaukee.

Mirotic was a solid 7-of-16 from the floor while hitting 3-of-7 from behind the 3-point line. He has been hot since returning Dec. 8, and the Bulls have rattled off five straight wins since he made his way back. He is averaging 23.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over the past four outings.
Dec 15 - 11:16 PM

David Nwaba started the third quarter for Denzel Valentine on Friday.

Nwaba is clearly the better player right now, but he likes to come off the bench. Valentine has really faded this month, so Nwaba could start seeing 30 minutes on a regular basis. He's worth a look in standard leagues.
Dec 15 - 9:31 PM

Lauri Markkanen (back) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Bucks.

As always, we have to clarify that listed as out is not the same as out. Although, Nikola Mirotic sounded confident he'll be ready to take over. "I got it," Mirotic said. If the rookie is indeed out, Mirotic will be in a good spot to produce while we see more small-ball lineups off the bench.
Dec 15 - 5:22 PM

Lauri Markkanen (back) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Bucks.

Coach Fred Hoiberg did say that the rookie is feeling better, so hopefully he's ready to return after a two-game absence. He's not going to take contact at Thursday's practice, so we'll have to see how he feels after the morning shootaround. With Nikola Mirotic playing really well, Markkanen's minutes could be in danger.
Dec 14 - 1:15 PM


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