Player News - Bulls

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Jimmy Butler hinted that he wants Fred Hoiberg to coach him harder this season.

"I told Fred, 'As much as you can, use me as an example,'" Butler said. "I want you to really get on my tail about every little thing because if Doug [McDermott] or Tony [Snell] or whoever it may be, if watching coach talk to me like that he's going to be like 'If he can talk to Jimmy like that I know he's going to come at me a certain way.'" Butler said something similar last season which put him in some hot water, but the difference this time is that he spoke directly to his head coach as opposed to the media. Their relationship has evolved in a good way and Butler is embracing his leadership role on the new-look Bulls. He's an easy second-round pick even with the additions of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 27 - 9:51 PM

Jimmy Butler said that Rajon Rondo has impressed him early on in camp.

"He’s super-smart. He really sees things before they even develop out there on the basketball floor, so it makes everybody’s job a lot easier," Butler said. "And not only is he leading the team on offense, but he’s constantly talking on defense, so he’s letting everybody know where they have to be." Rondo's numbers in Sacramento were impressive with 11.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, but the Kings led the NBA in pace last season and he will now have to share the ball with Butler and Dwyane Wade in Chicago. Some regression seems inevitable, but he's still an option in the middle rounds if you don't mind his shooting percentages.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 27 - 9:42 PM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't decided who will start at power forward this season.

Hoiberg simply called it an "open competition" and hinted that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will all spend some time with the first unit during the preseason. Mirotic is viewed as the favorite to start because the Bulls will need him to space the floor, but all three bigs should have a role. However, it's worth noting that Gibson will be a trade candidate this season because he is in the final year of a deal that will play him nearly $9 million, a bargain in today's NBA (ask Timofey Mozgov).
Source: Bulls Blog
Sep 27 - 9:32 PM

Jimmy Butler said he enjoyed playing with Robin Lopez at camp on Tuesday.

"I got a wide open layup because he sealed everyone off," said Butler. "The way he’s crashing the boards, sets incredible screens, and he can shoot it a little bit. He has great hands, nice footwork. He’s going to be big. Everyone is going to love him.’’ Coach Fred Hoiberg wouldn't commit to Lopez as the starting center, but that just means he's keeping an open mind. He's still the heavy favorite to start and is a solid mid-round pick after averaging 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season.
Source: Bulls Blog
Sep 27 - 9:22 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that Bobby Portis spent time this offseason working to extend his range.

With a backcourt featuring Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler, getting another shooter on the floor going to be paramount for the Bulls this season. During his rookie year, Portis shot just 42.7 percent from the field, and only managed to connect on 25.0 percent of his attempts from 10-15 feet out, so it's nice to hear he's focused on improving that aspect of his game. However, as long as Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson are on the team, Portis' upside will be capped.
Sep 27 - 2:44 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that the starting power forward position in Chicago is an "open competition."

Hoiberg said that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis all spent time running with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so this is likely an issue that won't be resolved until we're much closer to the regular season. Mirotic should have a bit of an edge given that his ability to spread the floor with his 3-point shot will give the Bulls some much needed spacing, so he makes for the most attractive late-middle round target out of the group. Additionally, Mirotic is fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during Spain's bonze medal game at the Olympics.
Sep 27 - 2:30 PM

General manager Gar Forman said Dwyane Wade's minutes restriction is expected to be "fluid" this season.

"First of all, we’ve talked to him – our medical team and our athletic-performance team, we’ve visited some with him," Forman said. "I don’t know that any definitive have come from that yet, but it’s obviously something that we’ll watch in regards to Dwyane being a little bit older but really to a number of our players." Wade surprisingly played 74 games last season at 30.5 minutes per outing. The Bulls are not new to managing players on playing time, so they might treat Wade a little like Derrick Rose last season.
Sep 26 - 11:10 PM

Thomas Walkup has signed a training camp deal with the Bulls.

The 23-year-old SG averaged 18.1 points and 6.9 rebounds for Austin State University last season, but the Bulls have good depth at SG which will make it difficult for Walkup to make the team.
Source: Sportando
Sep 23 - 9:45 AM

Bulls sign F Vince Hunter.

Hunter has accepted a camp invite with the Bulls and will not attempt to make their final roster. Even if he's able to do so, Hunter won't have any fantasy value.
Sep 20 - 12:42 PM

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera signed a training camp deal with the Bulls.

The four-year guard out of Georgetown put up 16.2 points per game during his senior season with 4.5 dimes and 2.2 treys. The Bulls only have 13 guaranteed contracts at the moment, but Smith-Rivera will likely end up on their new D-League squad.
Sep 16 - 10:09 AM

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf believes Dwyane Wade will be an invaluable addition to the team.

"It's a tremendous addition," Reinsdorf said. "Not only as a player but to our culture. Right off the bat, he wanted to know what he could do in the community. He has his own plans. So does Rajon [Rondo]. These guys are going to be a real plus." We still think it will take some time for the kinks to be worked out between Wade, Rondo and Jimmy Butler, but there's no question Chicago will be a fascinating team to watch.
Sep 10 - 2:38 PM

Nikola Mirotic tweeted that his knee is fine.

Mirotic had a knee-on-knee collision with Aron Baynes during Spain's bronze medal game, but he played through the injury and was in good spirits after the contest, so it doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything all that serious. While we still haven't heard official word on Mirotic’s test results, it sounds like he’ll be good to go for training camp.
Aug 23 - 3:27 PM

Nikola Mirotic doesn't think that his knee injury is serious.

He banged his right knee in a collision with Aron Baynes on Sunday, but was able to return to the game after a brief stint on the bench. "I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to play. I was hot in that moment too, so I didn’t feel a lot of pain," Mirotic said. "Right now, I’m feeling hurt. But it’s OK. We won the medal. That’s the most important thing. Hopefully, this is nothing. I need to do some tests now and I expect it’s all good." We should hear the results of the tests today, but the good news is that he doesn't seem too concerned about his knee. The Bulls need his floor spacing, so he could be poised for a huge role this season.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 10:07 AM

Nikola Mirotic banged his knee during the Bronze medal game on Sunday and will have "some tests" done.

He was down in obvious pain after colliding with Aron Baynes, though he did check back into the game down the stretch. Mirotic said that the pain got worse after the game ended, but we should get an official diagnosis soon. Mirotic finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three treys.
Aug 21 - 12:52 PM

Nikola Mirotic was locked in during a 92-67 victory over France on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, no turnovers and five 3-pointers.

The Bulls could definitely use this version of Mirotic. He's playing much better these days and now sits on a pristine 65.6 true shooting percentage in his six Rio games. With the Bulls really lacking 3-pointers from their three primary ball-handlers in the first unit, there is tremendous pressure on Mirotic to knock down jumpers for spacing. He's a very interesting fantasy target after a strong post-break run last year.
Aug 17 - 3:22 PM


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