Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

The Bulls will extend a qualifying offer to Joffrey Lauvergne.

That will make him a restricted free agent next year, so the Bulls could match any offer on the French forward. Lauvergne didn't really do too much on his new team last year, averaging just 4.5 points per game in his 20 outings with the Bulls. He won't have much fantasy value.
Jun 28 - 5:54 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) said that he's "feeling really good" but he remains without an official timetable to return to the court.

"I’m feeling really good,’’ LaVine said. "Attacking this injury like I do everything in life. Working my butt off for it every day. In the gym doing as much as possible. There’s always that base timeline of nine to 12 months. I feel like with my ability I’m always able to come back early, but I really haven’t set a timetable for that." LaVine will be right around the nine-month mark in November, but the Bulls will likely exercise some caution in bringing him back considering they've begun their rebuild.
Jun 27 - 4:06 PM

Bulls executive John Paxson said that Chicago is "working under the impression" that Dwyane Wade will play for the Bulls next season.

Wade has stated he will pick up his $24 million player option for the 2017-18 season. Subsequently, there have been rumors that Chicago will look to buyout Wade's contract. However, Paxson said on Tuesday that buyout talks would have to be "advantageous" to the team in order for Chicago to consider going that route. Thus, we'll have to see if Wade and is agent are willing to leave some money on the table to sign with a contender.
Jun 27 - 12:50 PM

The Bulls will not submit a qualifying offer to Michael Carter-Williams, enabling him to become unrestricted free agent in July.

The Bulls traded Tony Snell to Milwaukee in exchange for Carter-Williams last summer, but MCW struggled mightily during his lone season in Chicago, averaging career-lows in points (6.6), assists (2.5), FG percentage (.366) and assist rate (.200). The qualifying offer would have been worth approximately $4.2 million. With plenty of point guards on the roster, including the recently acquired Kris Dunn, it was an easy decision for Chicago to pass.
Jun 27 - 12:23 PM

Vice president John Paxson said the Bulls will use Lauri Markkanen to create space for the guards.

Many basketball people are taking shots at the Bulls for the way they're rebuilding. Plus, they continue to roster point guards who can't shoot, which certainly doesn't fit with how the NBA is changing. It sounds like they're hoping they can open up the floor enough to let guys like Kris Dunn have better success in the lane -- Dunn can be really good when he's not facing traffic in the paint. Markkanen should be doing most of his work off the ball, so his upside doesn't figure to be too high in his rookie season.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 24 - 7:08 PM

The Bulls will "err on the side of caution" with Zach LaVine (knee) next season, according to vice president John Paxson.

LaVine tore his ACL on Feb. 3 and an ACL recovery can vary anywhere from 8-12 months, so that would put him highly doubtful for the start of the season. Plus, the Bulls could be tanking next year, so they may not want the former dunk champ out there to help them win games. While he was in the midst of a breakout season before his injury, LaVine will be tough to stash in fantasy.
Jun 23 - 2:46 PM

The Bulls remain interested in re-signing Nikola Mirotic.

Well, their interest probably dropped on Thursday with their selection of Lauri Markkanen at No. 7. Mirotic is also 26 years old, so he's not quite as young as the rest of this rebuilding team. Mirotic was also in coach Fred Hoiberg's doghouse for his defense, so the Bulls drafting another stretch four with even more size is worrisome.
Jun 22 - 8:54 PM

After trading Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves the Bulls used Minnesota's No. 7 pick to take Arizona big man Lauri Markkanen in the NBA Draft.

This seven-foot Finnish big man gets the Dirk Nowitzki comparisons for his shooting touch. Markkannen lived on catch-and-shoot scoring, making 42.3 percent of his treys with 94.2 percent of those coming off an assist. While he didn’t do much damage around the basket, the Arizona product made 69.5 percent at the rim. The lack of defense sticks out with only 0.9 blocks per game while also being a sub-par rebounder at his size. He'll battle with Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic for minutes as a rookie, so he could have a quiet season this year.
Jun 22 - 8:23 PM

Bulls acquire G Kris Dunn from the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Jimmy Butler blockbuster.

The entire deal will see Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick sent to Chicago in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 overall selection. Dunn should immediately get a chance to start in Chicago, where there is no long-term answer in place at the point guard position. The rebuild has officially begun in the Windy City.
Jun 22 - 7:51 PM

Zach LaVine will reportedly head to Chicago as part of the trade sending Jimmy Butler to the Wolves.

Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft are also headed to Chicago, as coach Tom Thibodeau pulled off a major deal to land Butler, whom he's been interested in since taking over in Minnesota. LaVine should have a massive role once he's fully recovered from ACL surgery, filling in the void left by Butler on the wing. LaVine's fit alongside Dwyane Wade will be interesting, but from a fantasy perspective he should still pull down mid-round value once at full strength.
Jun 22 - 7:46 PM

The Bulls will not make a decision on Rajon Rondo's team option until next week, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago.

This isn't surprising as the Bulls could have their roster look very different in 12 hours. The Bulls could be dealing away Jimmy Butler and would likely come away with either a point guard or a pick to select one, so those will be factors on Rondo.
Jun 22 - 1:44 PM

The Bulls are still undecided as to whether or not they will pick up their team option worth $13.4 million for Rajon Rondo for the 2017-18 season, according to sources of Sean Highkin.

Chicago is reportedly actively shopping Jimmy Butler, which hints that they're eager to begin a rebuild, and if that's the case it wouldn't make much sense to keep the 31-year-old point guard on their roster. The three alphas experiment featuring a Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Butler backcourt didn't go very well last season, so in terms of fantasy hoops, Rondo would be best served wearing a different jersey next season.
Jun 21 - 10:48 AM

Dwyane Wade will reportedly pick up his player option worth $24 million for the 2017-18 season.

The Bulls appear to be headed towards a rebuild with reports coming out that they're actively shopping Jimmy Butler, so Wade opting in does complicate things somewhat. If a Butler deal does go through, perhaps Wade will be included as a part of the package, but if he's not, he could put up big numbers next season as the best player on a pretty bad team.
Jun 20 - 6:56 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson had a dinner meeting with Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen on Monday night in New York.

Markkanen's name had not been attached to the Knicks previously, as president Phil Jackson publically stated that New York was targeting a point guard or a wing in the draft. Shockingly, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that the Knicks are considering the possibility of trading Kristaps Porzingis. Thus, the Knicks view Markkanen as a potential replacement should they move Porzingis.
Source: Yahoo.com
Jun 20 - 12:12 PM

Dwyane Wade is leaning toward picking up his $24 million player option to remain with the Bulls next season, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

From a financial standpoint, opting into the final year of his deal makes the most sense. There is very little chance Wade would get offered anything close to the $24 million he'd make in Chicago. However, with rumors swirling that the Bulls may trade Jimmy Butler and embrace a full rebuild, Wade may choose to hit free agency in order to sign with a team that promises to be competitive, even if it results in a lower salary. Wade has until June 27th to make his final decision.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 9:15 AM


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