Player News - Bulls

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Doctors advised Derrick Rose (face) to stay indoors until Wednesday.

This is to allow his sight to heal from the surgery. It was expected to be sooner than Wednesday, but the team is being careful. Rose's two-week timetable still stands, so the Bulls are hoping he'll be ready to start the season. He's a risky target in fantasy leagues and much better in points formats.
Oct 3 - 3:17 PM

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that he liked what he saw from a lineup with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, and he said that he would give that combo a shot during the preseason.

There have been a lot of reports out of Chicago that a change could be coming to the Bulls' starting lineup, but Hoiberg hasn't made up his mind yet. Gasol's spot seems to be a little safer, while Nikola Mirotic deserves a look in the first unit after some stellar play down the stretch last season. This is shaping up to be one of the best position battles of the preseason.
Oct 2 - 3:09 PM

Doug McDermott acknowledged that he'd like to start at small forward for the Bulls on opening night.

"That's obviously the goal," McDermott said when asked if he'd like to be a starter. "I'll do whatever the team wants." With Mike Dunleavy expected to miss the significant time to start the season, McDermott will have every opportunity to land in the starting unit. He'll have some competition from Tony Snell, and there's also the possibility that Jimmy Butler slides over to the three-spot with Kirk Hinrich starting at shooting guard, but if McBuckets does find himself in the starting unit he could at the very least emerge as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.

Derrick Rose (eye) has been advised to have no physical activity for two weeks.

Rose is sensitive to light following his left orbital bone surgery, but the Bulls are hopeful he'll be back in game shape quickly and will be ready for the start of the regular season. While Rose has as much upside as anyone in the NBA, it would be an extreme understatement to say he's a risky pick in fantasy drafts. Fantasy owners would be wise to let someone else roll the dice on the 26-year-old.
Oct 1 - 12:57 PM

Bulls sign G Stefhon Hannah.

Hannah will join the Bulls for training camp after bouncing around the D-League, but he's extremely unlikely to land on Chicago's final roster. Needless to say, the 30-year-old can be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 12:12 PM

Joakim Noah said Bobby Portis is "very polished for his age" and "the sky's the limit for him."

We would agree. Portis tore it up in Las Vegas and showed off the full arsenal. He was a great face-up guy, ran the floor very well, and brought the defense, too. He has some major roadblocks for playing time this year, but he could be a Dynasty beast in a few years.
Sep 30 - 5:45 PM

Derrick Rose had surgery on his left orbital bone and he expected to be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks.

This is an encouraging timetable for Rose and it's unknown if he'll need to wear a mask upon his return. Rose just can't stay healthy and his press conference on Monday was one of the strangest in recent memory. He focused on his 2017 free agency quite a bit and there's a chance he may not want to play at less than 100 percent. He's a very, very risky target in fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 4:53 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol said that the plan for him is to play fewer minutes this season.

Gasol is 35 years old and the Bulls will want to keep him fresh for the playoffs, so this makes a lot of sense. Gasol also revealed that he had sinus surgery over the summer and that he is breathing better. Coach Fred Hoiberg recently said that Gasol would play "a lot" this season, so his minutes probably won't dip too much. He is still a solid early-round pick.
Sep 30 - 1:45 PM

Joakim Noah said that the Bulls should give his ability to play with Pau Gasol "an honest evaluation" since he is healthy this season.

Noah wasn't at 100 percent last season so it's not completely fair to say that pairing him in the frontcourt with Gasol is a bad idea. Nikola Mirotic seems like a much better fit next to Gasol because of his ability to stretch the floor, so it will be interesting to see what head coach Fred Hoiberg does with his lineups during the preseason. Noah added that he has been doing yoga and feels lighter on his feet, but it's hard to imagine him improving on last year's numbers considering how much competition there is in the frontcourt.
Sep 30 - 1:33 PM

Derrick Rose (orbital fracture) had successful surgery on Wednesday morning.

The Bulls haven't released an official timetable for his return. Head coach Fred Hoiberg is hopeful that Rose will be ready for opening night and refused to rule him out, but there is no need to speculate until we get a firm update. The good news is that Rose suffered no structural damage, so he will be good to go once the bone is healed and won't have any limitations. Jimmy Butler will be a monster if Rose has to miss any time, while Aaron Brooks figures to take on a larger role as well. We could hear something on Wednesday afternoon, so we will post an update as soon as we know more.
Sep 30 - 12:46 PM

A day before Derrick Rose suffered his unfortunate eye injury that will require surgery on Tuesday, he made comments suggesting his mind was on his future free agency - which doesn't even happen until after the 2016-17 season.

"This whole summer I had tunnel vision," he said. "Making sure my family is financially stable, as far as seeing all the money that they’re passing out in this league. Just telling the truth. Just knowing that my day will be coming up soon, and it’s not for me. It’s for (son) P.J. and his future, so that’s what I’m thinking about now.’’ Rose acknowledged he was speaking about his impending free agency that's nearly two years out, so that was a pretty strange way to kick off the start of training camp with reporters. And teammate Jimmy Butler's reaction was perfect. "He can talk about unicorns and rainbows for all I care," he said. "Just help us win some basketball games.’’ The good news out of this mess is that Rose is expected to be ready for the start of the season, as of now.
Sep 29 - 11:08 PM

Derrick Rose suffered a left orbital fracture during the Bulls first practice on Tuesday, and he will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

A timetable for Rose's return has not yet been set, but this isn't a great way to start off the year for Rose who is also dealing with some legal troubles as well. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but given Rose's extensive injury history and the fact that through 51 games last season he failed to crack the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues, we wouldn't recommend targeting Rose on draft day. For what it's worth, Mike Conley and Russell Westbrook returned very quickly from facial fractures last season, but everyone is different, so we'll be waiting for an official timeline out of Chicago. Jimmy Butler would be a monster if Rose is forced to miss some regular-season action, while Aaron Brooks would step into a starting role.
Sep 29 - 6:38 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) said that he's feeling much better at this year's training camp after playing through pain for much of the 2014-15 season.

"You play with a torn ligament and you just get accustomed to playing hurt," said Gibson. Gibson will again be playing in a very crowded rotation this season, featuring Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and Nikola Mirotic, so it'll be tough for him to find enough minutes to matter in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 3:58 PM

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Derrick Rose "looked great" during his first practice.

Rose did take an elbow to the face that required some attention, but it doesn't sound like this is anything to worry about. Rose isn't expected to have any rest days this upcoming season, but given how much time he's spent on the sidelines the past few years, he still carries a significant amount of injury risk. Through 51 games last season, Rose didn't even crack the top-150 in standard 9-cat leagues, so we'd recommend letting someone else overdraft him on draft day.
Sep 29 - 2:37 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that he'll put Jimmy Butler in a position to be a "playmaker" for the Bulls this upcoming season.

Butler stated back in August that he sees himself as a point guard, and that he'll be looking to put up some triple-doubles this season, and Hoiberg seems to be putting him in a position to do just that. Hoiberg also said that Butler came into camp in phenomenal shape, and that it's apparent he's added some new elements to his game. After last year's breakout season, Butler will be worth a first-round selection on draft day.
Sep 29 - 2:28 PM

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