Player News - Bulls

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The New York Knicks are reportedly an option for Joakim Noah, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

Noah will likely have multiple suitors as an unrestricted free agent, but Noah has a rapport with Phil Jackson according to Beck and his New York roots could help push things in the Knicks favor. There's always the chance Noah returns to the Bulls, but he's a risky fantasy pick no matter where he signs due to his recent injury troubles.
May 26 - 9:23 AM

The Bulls are reportedly having a "positive dialogue" with impending free agent Joakim Noah.

It was recently reported that Joakim told teammates he was ready to leave Chicago due to concerns about the team's front office. His agent quickly refuted that report, and now, "Those close to Noah ... are still hopeful that he will be able to work out an agreement to stay in Chicago long term." A lot of this is posturing and we won't know which way Noah is truly leaning until free agency begins in earnest.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 12:47 AM

Joakim Noah has reportedly been telling his Chicago teammates that he's done with the organization and will be looking to go elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Noah reportedly has no faith in Bulls' GM Gar Forman being able to put the pieces together to turn the Chicago franchise around, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of offers he can secure on the open market after his previous two seasons have been cut short due to injury. Noah will likely sign a one-year "show-me" deal in order to reestablish his value as a free agent, but the injury concerns will make him a tough guy to target prior to the final few rounds on draft day.
May 25 - 1:30 PM

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune said that Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler will likely both be on the roster next season.

Johnson argues that the Bulls' offseason priority should be to trade either Rose or Butler, which makes some sense because they didn't play well together last season. A trade still seems unlikely because the Bulls' asking price for Butler is very high and Rose doesn't have much value around the league and is entering a contract year, so Chicago may have to give their starting backcourt another chance. Coach Fred Hoiberg did mention that he may stagger their minutes more next season, so that could give both players a slight boost in value.
May 22 - 9:35 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol said he'd like to return to the Bulls in free agency, but is open to other offers.

While Gasol said he'd like to return to the Bulls, he also said he'd like to be in a position where he can win. "I have to wait for offers," Gasol said. "I try to keep an open mind about this. The good thing is this summer the offers can be very attractive and there’s going to be a lot of teams that can pitch interesting proposals." With the Bulls potentially rebuilding, it's very possible that we see Gasol with a new team next season.
Source: Marca.com
May 19 - 10:03 AM

Jimmy Butler said that he wants to train with Derrick Rose this offseason so that they can improve their chemistry.

"We've got to get in the gym together," Butler said of Rose. "We have to get used to each other's games and our tendencies. That's only going to help and give us extra time." The Butler and Rose dynamic hasn't really worked out, and it's interesting that Butler is saying they still need to get used to each other considering that Rose has been in Chicago for Jimmy's entire career. It wouldn't be all that surprising to see Rose sent away in a trade this offseason.
May 18 - 10:57 AM

Jimmy Butler said that he "definitely" believes he'll be wearing a Chicago jersey when the 2016-17 season begins.

"Yeah, I think so," Butler said when asked if he thinks he'll still be a Bull when training camp opens up. "I definitely do." Butler went on to say that it's fair to question whether or not he truly helps the team win after the Bulls missed the playoffs, which really isn't a fair thing to say at all. The two-time All-Star is fresh off signing a five-year, max-extension, and it would be absolutely shocking to see the Bulls move in another direction after just barely missing the playoffs. The same cannot be said about Derrick Rose.
Source: ESPN
May 17 - 5:55 PM

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is confident that his relationship with Jimmy Butler is strong.

"We do have a very good relationship," Hoiberg said. "It was great to see him. He was back in town for a few days. I was able to see him in the office [Thursday] morning and then sit here and watch a game with him at the combine." The two have been spending some time together this summer and Butler also appeared in good spirits while talking with GM Gar Forman and executive vice president John Paxson. Butler's name has popped up in the rumor mill recently, but this report should quiet the trade rumors for a while. Butler will also represent the Bulls at the NBA draft lottery on May 17.
May 13 - 9:53 AM

Jimmy Butler will represent the Bulls at the NBA draft lottery on May 17.

This should quell the Butler trade rumors for the time being, as Jimmy Buckets representing the Bulls at the lottery is a fairly large statement from the Bulls' management that they are committed to Butler as the future of the Chicago franchise. As for Chicago's chances in the lottery, they have just a 0.5 percent chance of securing a top pick, and a 1.8 percent chance of moving into the top-3. The last time the Bulls were in the draft lottery was 2008, when they overcame 1.7 percent odds to land the No. 1 overall selection, which eventually turned into Derrick Rose.
May 11 - 9:49 AM

The Chicago Tribune confirmed that the Bulls will try to re-sign Joakim Noah this summer.

Noah will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, but the Bulls will have some work to do to repair their relationship with the big man due to his reduced role this season. The Wolves may try to pry Noah away from Chicago, but the Bulls may have some extra motivation to get a deal done because their chances of re-signing Pau Gasol don't look too good. Noah is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, but he should be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.
May 8 - 10:38 AM

According to the Chicago Tribune, some comments made by GM Gar Forman didn't sit well with Jimmy Butler.

When asked directly about committing to Butler as a franchise centerpiece last month, Forman said the Bulls will "have to explore all options." Butler wasn't happy with Forman's answer and he also still feels "slighted" from his failed negotiations on his rookie extension earlier in his Bulls' career. The Bulls' stance regarding Butler hasn't changed since February and while the chances of a trade are slim, they would be willing to move him in exchange for a high-profile player and several first-round picks. The Celtics did try to engage the Bulls in trade talks at the deadline, but their offer centered around reserves and picks wasn't nearly enough.
May 8 - 10:27 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Pau Gasol said that the Spurs would be an "interesting option" in free agency this summer.

"There’s talk about passing of the torch with San Antonio and a hypothetical passing of the torch with [Tim] Duncan," Gasol said. "For starters, nobody knows if Tim is retiring and he’s somebody whom I have maximum respect for. In closing, I have to admit the Spurs would be an interesting option for me." The Bulls took a massive risk by not dealing Gasol at the trade deadline, and there's a good chance that he leaves Chicago this summer in the pursuit of another ring. To be clear, a move to San Antonio wouldn't be great for his fantasy value.
Source: Hoopshype
Apr 29 - 12:11 PM

The Timberwolves may try and go after Joakim Noah as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Noah's agent Bill Duffy also represents Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, and given the mutual respect between Noah and newly appointed head coach Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota could be on the radar for Noah. If Noah does wind up in Minnesota, that wouldn't be great news for Gorgui Dieng's fantasy outlook.
Apr 28 - 4:45 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Marc Gasol said his advice for Pau Gasol would be for him to go to San Antonio at this stage of his career.

Interesting. The Bulls are looking less likely to re-sign Pau and could see some changes. If Gasol does go to the Spurs, they would be loaded up front, assuming Tim Duncan hangs around. Gasol would lose fantasy value with a change.
Apr 25 - 2:29 PM

Jimmy Butler took the blame for the Bulls failing to make the playoffs.

"I'm the reason that we did not make the playoffs," Butler said. "I'm fine with that. I'm not happy with it, but I'm fine with it. Because it's only going to make me stronger and better." Butler had a really strong start to the 2015-16 season, but a knee injury slowed him down after the All-Star break and he wasn't the same player during the crucial stretch of the season. He will now have the full offseason to get his knee right and he still finished as a top-15 player in standard leagues, so maybe he will be available at a slight discount in fantasy drafts this coming season.
Apr 23 - 10:37 AM


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