Player News - Bulls

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An MRI confirmed that Jimmy Butler has sprained thumb ligaments, and he'll be re-evaluated after Chicago's preseason finale on Friday.

This leaves Butler somewhat iffy for the Bulls' season opener, but at least the MRI didn't reveal more serious damage. Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy should absorb a few extra minutes until Butler is ready to return, and Hinrich may be the favorite to start at SG in Friday's exhibition.
Oct 21 - 6:25 PM

Derrick Rose looked explosive as he scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and three assists in just 24 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

So much for Rose flying under the radar now. He did not have a steal or block and his non-scoring numbers weren't great, but the important part is that he had the same type of explosion we've seen in the past (including last preseason). With ADP around the turn between the second and third rounds, he's still a big time risk and it's uncertain what his ceiling will be playing on a team with strong complementary players.
Oct 20 - 10:04 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol played through his minor back issue in Monday's exhibition against the Cavs, scoring 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

It's a great sign that Gasol played so much in a game that was more competitive than your average preseason game, but we don't want to read into things too much since Pau was the only starter to get extended run. He's currently being taken in the middle rounds and 'if' he plays close to starter's minutes that will obviously be a bargain.
Oct 20 - 9:53 PM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. Cleveland.

Butler sprained his left thumb during Sunday's exhibition vs. the Hornets, and he's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday when the team returns to Chicago. The injury is not considered serious, but Butler is likely to sit for the remainder of the Bulls' preseason games. Kirk Hinrich will draw the start in Butler's place.
Oct 20 - 6:38 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol (back) finished Sunday's exhibition victory with 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five turnovers.

His back injury was never serious and the veteran big man will be ready to start alongside Joakim Noah on opening night. Whether he's on the court to finish games during the regular season is another question -- Gasol said recently that he wants to play in the fourth quarter, but coach Tom Thibodeau has shown a preference for the defensive pairing of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Either way, Gasol's current ADP of 60.7 gives him considerable upside in fantasy leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:39 PM

Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic was poked in the eye during practice on Saturday, but he finished Sunday's game with two points, two assists, three steals and one block in just 13 minutes of action.

The injury won't limit Mirotic going forward, but it's still unclear how big a role he'll have in Tom Thibodeau's bench rotation. Fellow rookie Doug McDermott added seven points and one 3-pointer with no other stats to his credit in 18 minutes off the bench.
Oct 19 - 10:39 PM

Mike Dunleavy (sore knee) returned to action on Sunday, notching seven points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes as a starter.

Dunleavy averaged 32 minutes per game last season, including 61 starts, while appearing in all 82 games. He did enough to accrue top-80 value on a cumulative basis, but faces renewed competition for playing time and shot opportunities, which takes him out of the equation in typical 12-team leagues.
Oct 19 - 10:38 PM

Kirk Hinrich caught fire in 32 minutes off Chicago's bench on Sunday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting with two 3-pointers.

Captain Kirk added two assists, one steal and zero turnovers to round out a phenomenal evening, but he's a marginal fantasy player with Derrick Rose healthy and Aaron Brooks soaking up backup PG minutes. As a point of reference, Hinrich didn't score 20 points in a single game last year, even though he started 61 games. You've gotta love the preseason.
Oct 19 - 10:37 PM

Joakim Noah (knee) started Sunday's game vs. Charlotte and scored four points with seven rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.

"I feel a lot better than I did two weeks ago," said Noah, who had offseason knee surgery. "It’s a work in progress, but overall I’m very happy. I have no swelling in my knee and I can keep building." We've repeatedly warned that his scoring and assists may dip this year with Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol leading the offense, but that shouldn't prevent Noah from being a top-50 fantasy option and a low-end No. 1 center.
Oct 19 - 10:36 PM

Jimmy Butler will not return to Sunday's game after spraining his left thumb in the first half.

He hurt himself during an attempted steal and was initially able to continue playing, but the Bulls pulled the plug in the second quarter. He's one of the toughest guys in the league and shouldn't miss significant time, so he's a near-certainty for Chicago's season opener unless tests reveal something more serious than a sprain.
Oct 19 - 9:04 PM

Mike Dunleavy (knee) will return to the starting lineup on Sunday.

He was questionable coming into the game so it is good to see him back, especially in a preseason game which bodes well for the status of his knee. Dunleavy isn't worth owning in standard leagues and is really just a 3-point specialist.
Oct 19 - 6:34 PM

Joakim Noah is very happy with where he's at physically, and he's experienced no swelling in his knee.

Noah isn't going to be asked to do as much this season with Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose helping out with the offense, but he'll still be worthy of an early-round selection.
Oct 19 - 2:06 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol stated during a recent interview that he does not want to be benched during the closing minutes of games.

"You always like to be in the last minutes of a game when the game is on the line,’’ Gasol said. "It’s good to be put in that position, and it makes you feel like your coach trusts you to do the best things out there on both ends of the floor... Obviously I would like to be on the floor when the game is on the line. That’s what I’ve been getting paid for my entire career, and that’s what I will continue to do." It'll be interesting to see who plays during the final minutes of games for head coach Tom Thibodeau, but it's worth noting that Gasol is much better defensive player than Carlos Boozer. Taj Gibson was Thibodeau's guy last season, and his value will take a hit if he's no longer closing out games for the Bulls.
Oct 19 - 11:31 AM

Bulls waive G Ben Hansbrough.

He didn't have much of a chance to make the team. Hansbrough is a little too undersized to make an impact in the NBA.
Oct 18 - 4:54 PM

Bulls waive F/C Solomon Jones.

He basically had no chance to make the team. Jones might be heading back to the Chinese league.
Oct 18 - 4:52 PM

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