Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Lauri Markkanen (right elbow) is out of his elbow brace for good, says coach Fred Hoiberg.

Markkenen is still on the same timetable to return, but is now without his brace. This is a positive development and it's good to hear he's still on the same schedule without any setbacks. Markkanen may be out until late November. Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker will continue to man the power forward spot in his absence.
Oct 21 - 1:04 PM

The Bulls announced that they have signed guard Shaq Harrison.

Harrison had a nice preseason with the Suns before being released after they signed veteran Jamal Crawford. Shaq could press Cameron Payne for backup minutes, which puts him on the deep league radar.
Oct 21 - 12:14 PM

The Bulls officially announced that they have waived center Omer Asik on Sunday.

This move was first reported on Saturday, with the Bulls using the roster spot created by Asik's waiving to sign guard Shaq Harrison. Asik is not expected to play this season.
Oct 21 - 12:11 PM

Zach LaVine made 12-of-21 from the field for 33 points with three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pistons during a 118-116 loss on Saturday.

He is not messing around with two 30-point games to start this season. On the year, LaVine has a 32.3 usage rate and a 67.0 TS% for his 31.5 points per game. The most impressive part is that he's 12-of-14 at the rim in these two games, which was also a trend for him in the preseason. Just about every stat on LaVine suggests he is on his way to 25 points per game this year, but the question will be whether or not he can add other stats to go with the high-volume scoring.
Oct 21 - 12:27 AM

Bobby Portis made 2-of-12 from the field for six points with 14 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 29 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

Crazy Eyes never met a shot he didn't like and he'll keep taking them no matter how cold he is, so games like this will happen. It's not like Jabari Parker is threatening his playing time, so Portis should have another opportunity to post a big line against Dallas on Monday.
Oct 21 - 12:20 AM

Cameron Payne scored 17 points with three rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 28 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

He had to improve from the brutal start on Thursday, but his solid game is likely a moot point with Kris Dunn likely back for the game on Monday. He's a drop candidate.
Oct 21 - 12:19 AM

Wendell Carter Jr. scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 18 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

He's off to a slow start, but the matchups really couldn't have been any worse against Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid. He was a little better on the fouling tonight, but he just couldn't establish position in his second NBA start. He's a great buy-low option and should be owned in all leagues.
Oct 21 - 12:17 AM

Jabari Parker scored 13 points with six rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

He is pressing a bit and the second unit is having tough time on defense. Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't sound like he'll be making any changes with Parker, and him not playing well while Lauri Markkanen (elbow) is out doesn't bode well long term.
Oct 21 - 12:14 AM

Omer Asik is set to be waived by the Bulls to clear a roster spot, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.

Asik is currently out indefinitely due to inflammatory arthritis and might not play in the NBA again. Asik is owed $11.2 million this season and is under contract for 2019-20 at $11.9 million, but only $3 million of next year’s salary is guaranteed. The Bulls are adding Shaquille Harrison with the roster spot created by this transaction.
Oct 20 - 7:02 PM

The Bulls are planning to sign Shaq Harrison.

The Suns let him go to get a look at Elie Okobo and De'Anthony Melton, but Harrison outplayed them in the preseason. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him leapfrog Cameron Payne, who looked awful in the opener. Just keep an eye on him in super deep leagues.
Oct 20 - 7:01 PM

Kris Dunn has been away from the team due to the birth of his son but he's expected to join the Bulls in Dallas before Monday's game.

Dunn will miss shootaround, but is still expected to be in the lineup come gametime. Cameron Payne will likely head back to the bench with Dunn back in the fold, which is a welcomed sight for Bulls fans. Ryan Arcidiacono will move back to the third point guard role. Get Dunn back in your lineups.
Oct 20 - 6:24 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Denzel Valentine (left ankle) is out at least two more weeks.

Valentine initially hurt his left ankle back in late September and has not been able to shake the injury. If you are still rostering him, he can be dropped for a hot pickup, especially in leagues that don't have an IR spot. Justin Holiday and Antonio Blakeney both logged 27-plus minutes in the Bulls season-opener on Thursday and should continue to soak up extra playing time.
Oct 20 - 1:01 PM

Cameron Payne will start in place of Kris Dunn (personal) Saturday vs. the Pistons.

Payne was awful in his start Thursday night, finishing with zero points, one rebound, five assists, one steal and one turnover in 22 minutes. Ryan Arcidiacono played 28 minutes off the bench. This is a situation to avoid until Dunn returns on Monday.
Oct 20 - 12:59 PM

Kris Dunn (personal) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Pistons but will rejoin the team for Monday's game vs. Dallas.

Dunn is on the east coast with his family following the birth of his son. The good news is that he will make his season debut on Monday night. Cameron Payne will start Saturday vs. Detroit. Payne also started Thursday's game but logged just 21 minutes. Ryan Arcidiacono played 28 minutes off the bench.
Oct 20 - 12:54 PM

Denzel Valentine (left ankle) did not practice Friday morning and will have ankle re-evaluated Friday afternoon.

Valentine initially injured his left ankle back in late September. He missed all of the preseason and also sat out Thursday's opener vs. Philly. Justin Holiday started and played 27 minutes on Thursday. Antonio Blakeney logged 30 minutes off the bench. Both players would soak up extra playing if Valentine is unable to play Saturday.
Oct 19 - 2:01 PM


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