Player News - Bulls

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Cameron Payne (illness) said he expects to dress and be available for Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

Payne was prevented from making his Bulls debut on Friday because he was under the weather. The Bulls gave up a lot (Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott) in the trade with OKC, so Payne is expected to see significant minutes the rest of the season in Chicago.
Feb 25 - 9:16 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points with three rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes during a 128-121 overtime win over the Suns on Friday.

He struggled for most of this game, but came through late with a fadeaway jumper to give the Bulls the lead with 10 seconds left. Despite all the trade rumors and the Bulls dumping a good portion of their roster to get Cam Payne, Butler is still the main guy. He should post first-round value going forward and the time off likely helped his injured heel.
Feb 25 - 1:27 AM

Dwyane Wade scored 23 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

He had a dunk in overtime with 42 seconds left to seal the win and Wade raised the roof afterwards like it was the 1990s, which he had to explain after the game. "I don't know. It was an out of body experience," Wade said. "I looked at my teammates, they was jumping up, they was pumped, so I thought I'd give them something." The Bulls are sitting in the No. 7 spot, so maybe Wade won't get too much rest going forward.
Feb 25 - 1:22 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Friday.

With Taj Gibson out of the picture, it's a whole new opportunity for Mirotic now. Back in October, Mirotic was fully expected to start for the Bulls this season, but Gibson thriving and Mirotic flopping caused a change. The Bulls still really, really need a shooter in their first unit, so the chance is there for Niko to start over Bobby Portis. He's on the 2017 Mt. Rushmore of most annoying players in fantasy, but give him a look if you want to see if he can stay hot with added motivation.
Feb 25 - 1:18 AM

Bobby Portis scored nine points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in a start against the Suns on Friday.

The Bulls said they traded away Taj Gibson because they wanted to free Bobby Portis. He didn't have a great game while his main competition for minutes, Nikola Mirotic, was very effective. Portis' inconsistent play makes him more of a 16-team guy until he can string games together.
Feb 25 - 1:14 AM

Denzel Valentine had his best game as a pro against the Suns on Friday, scoring 15 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and five 3-pointers.

That's career highs in steals and assists while matching his best in treys. On Thursday, the Bulls front office said they traded away Doug McDermott because they wanted to get a longer look at Valentine. So far, it's looking like a beautiful view for their 2016 first-round pick. Valentine was hurt to start the year, so that may explain the slow start. He's still not an add in 12-team leagues yet, but he's on the radar and should remain in the rotation.
Feb 25 - 1:11 AM

Rajon Rondo played 29 minutes with six points, four rebounds, nine assists, four steals and one block against the Suns on Friday.

He and Denzel Valentine were the first two Bulls of the bench. Before the game, coach Fred Hoiberg said he wants to keep Rondo in the mix to have a balance of youth and veteran leadership in his rotation. Still, this game is fluky and Cameron Payne's debut should affect Rondo negatively. We wouldn't add him here.
Feb 25 - 1:06 AM

Michael Carter-Williams scored two points with one assist in eight minutes during a start against the Suns on Friday.

Even with the Bulls having little depth on the wing, Carter-Williams still couldn't do much. His chances as a shooting guard figure to fall off with the Bulls wanting to get a look at Denzel Valentine. Drop MCW.
Feb 25 - 1:03 AM

Robin Lopez scored 19 points with six rebounds, one block and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

It looked like Cristiano Felicio was going to push him for minutes, but things are looking up with the Bulls on a three-game winning streak right now. Lopez hasn't really turned heads this season, but he has posted eighth-round value in standard leagues over his last 10. If all the hot adds are gone, he's a fine low-end guy.
Feb 25 - 1:01 AM

Jerian Grant played 13 minutes off the bench against the Suns with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

There's a very good chance he'll be falling all the way out when Cameron Payne (illness) returns for the next one. Grant is a drop candidate just about everywhere.
Feb 25 - 12:58 AM

Cristiano Felicio scored five points with six rebounds and no turnovers in 17 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

He's lost a little bit of his momentum after a strong finish to his first half. Felicio hit the 22-minute mark in three of his previous four games, but he's just too unreliable to use while the Bulls are in playoff contention. It doesn't help that Robin Lopez is extremely durable.
Feb 25 - 12:55 AM

Dwyane Wade (wrist) will start against the Suns on Friday.

He's good to go after a bruised right wrist cost him some time at the end of the first half of the season. Wade is starting to trend down after a solid start, but he's still worth using when he's active. Plus, he gets a great matchup.
Feb 24 - 6:58 PM

Michael Carter-Williams, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Bobby Portis and Robin Lopez will start against the Suns.

MCW should see some decent minutes with the Bulls thin on the wing to go with his starting role. He's still a risky fantasy play with Wade and Butler in the lineup.
Feb 24 - 6:57 PM

Paul Zipser (ankle) will not play Friday against the Suns or Saturday against the Cavs.

We should get a decent amount of Denzel Valentine for this game while Michael Carter-Williams should see decent minutes, as well. With Doug McDermott out of town, the Bulls clearly want to get a look at Zipser once he's healthy.
Feb 24 - 6:31 PM

Anthony Morrow is available for Friday against the Suns.

The Bulls are dying for 3-pointers and maybe they could use Morrow. That said, he's not a lock for playing time and most fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
Feb 24 - 6:22 PM


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