Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Hassan Whiteside said he would embrace a Dwyane Wade return.

"It'd be great," Whiteside said. "It's a three-time NBA champion coming back, coming in and really helping a team out. It would be great." With the Bulls rebuilding, a buyout between the All-Star veteran and Chicago almost seems inevitable. The shut-down risk would be high if Wade stayed in the Windy City, so a move away would likely be a good thing. If you draft Josh Richardson or Dion Waiters this season, keep in mind that a potential Wade return would hurt their value.
Aug 20 - 9:40 AM

Udonis Haslem said his advice to Dwyane Wade is to take it "one day at a time."

"We kind of understand the direction that Chicago is going in," Haslem said. "We kind of understand the direction that Dwyane wants to go in the last couple of years of his career. The business side of things sometimes doesn't always allow both sides to co-exist." Wade is expected to be bought out at some point during the season and he could wind up going back to the Heat.
Aug 17 - 4:00 PM

Dwyane Wade and the Bulls are "expected to reach a buyout agreement at some point in the next few months," according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said in early July that he didn't expect Wade to be bought out this summer, but that doesn't rule out an early-season maneuver. Chicago is rebuilding after trading Jimmy Butler to the Wolves, and Zach LaVine is the franchise's SG of the future, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Wade hit free agency after a buyout in the coming months.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 7:55 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls are hopeful they can get Zach LaVine to play shortly after the start of season.

With his February ACL tear, this would be an aggressive target. That coupled with how the Bulls are rebuilding, it makes little sense to bring him back before December. Still, LaVine is a bit of a freak a la running back Adrian Peterson, so maybe he can come back earlier than most players with ACL tears. He would still only be worth a look as a stash late in drafts.
Aug 4 - 8:38 PM

The Bulls announced on Tuesday that the team officially signed guard Ryan Arcidiacono to a two-way contract.

Arcidiacono was not overly impressive during summer league action, averaging 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 24.0 minutes per contest. However, he apparently did enough to impress the Chicago coaching staff. Arcidiacono averaged 11.1 points, 2.3 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals during his stellar college career at Villanova. He can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as Arcidiacono will likely spend the majority of next season in the G-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 1 - 1:03 PM

Nikola Mirotic won't play for Spain at Eurobasket this summer.

The report adds that Mirotic is still negotiating with the Bulls over a new contract, but nothing is imminent for now. He's a restricted free agent, but we haven't heard of much interest from other teams. If he does re-sign in Chicago, Mirotic will compete with Bobby Portis for the starting power forward role, but Lauri Markkanen could be in the mix as well. While he has great upside in fantasy, he's also very volatile and known for giving his fantasy owners headaches.
Jul 27 - 1:27 PM

Ryan Arcidiacono has reportedly signed a two-way contract with the Bulls.

Arcidiacono suited up for the Bulls' summer league squad in Las Vegas, compiling averages of 5.8 points, 3.2 boards and 2.8 assists per contest on 41.7 percent shooting, and now he'll try and prove his worth during training camp. However, with three point guards already on the roster on guaranteed deals, Arcidiacono will more than likely be G-League bound once the season begins.
Jul 24 - 5:11 PM

Denzel Valentine looked great on his way to 21 points in win over the 76ers on Friday, adding five rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

The Bulls are fixed! Kidding aside, this was an encouraging game for Valentine after he didn't do too much in his previous outings in Vegas -- it looked a little worse with the other rotation players not being out there, too. Valentine will be in the rotation and should have a floor of 22 minutes per game this season, so he's a possible deep-league target.
Jul 14 - 10:08 PM

The Bulls claimed David Nwaba off waivers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Besides how he can't really shoot, it makes sense for the Bulls. They're a little thin on the wings right now and there's certainly a chance Dwyane Wade is bought out at some point this season. Nwaba is still more about defense and he makes most of his money on back-cuts, but he'll have a chance to get minutes on his new team.
Jul 14 - 5:12 PM

Bulls sign G Antonio Blakeney.

It's a two-way contract for the LSU product, so he'll likely be getting most of his run with the G League Windy City Bulls.
Jul 14 - 3:40 PM

Lauri Markkanen (bruised left big toe) won't play on Wednesday.

Beat writer Mike McGraw describes it as a "minor toe injury" and this feels precautionary. Chicago has every reason to coddle their No. 7 pick, whose outside shooting is one of his biggest assets as a seven-footer.
Jul 12 - 9:59 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) said he's ahead of schedule and he will be ready for training camp.

His agent had a similar statement, but the Bulls may also have their say in his recovery. Considering the Bulls are going through the rebuild, they won't be in a rush to play the two-time dunk champ. For now, expect LaVine to have limitations for a good portion of the 2017-18 season.
Jul 12 - 6:55 PM

The Lakers have waived G David Nwaba.

The Lakers needed to make this move in order to create the cap space to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, so this isn't all that surprising. Nwaba might be able to snag a deal with a club seeking some depth at the two or three, but if not, he'll likely go back to the G-League.
Source: NBA
Jul 12 - 12:34 PM

Lauri Markkanen had his best game of the Summer League in a 82-73 win over the Wizards, scoring 20 points (6-of-17 FGs) with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

The rookie has had two strong performances and one dud so far in Vegas. Markkanen attempted a whopping 10 treys in the win, so it's clear that he's going to have the green light on a Chicago team that needs floor spacing in the worst way -- the Bulls were 28th in the NBA in 3-pointers made last season. The Bulls are rebuilding which helps Markkanen's outlook, but it's tough to project his role until they decide what to do with restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic.
Jul 11 - 8:07 PM

The Bulls announced on Tuesday that Cameron Payne (family reasons) has left Summer League and will not return.

Payne is the second Chicago guard to leave Las Vegas this week, as Kris Dunn had to fly home on Monday to attend to a family situation as well. It's unfortunate for the Bulls, as both players could have benefited from extra reps and playing alongside each other. More importantly, hopefully all ends well for the Dunn and Payne families.
Jul 11 - 1:19 PM


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