Player News - Bulls

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Ryan Arcidiacono has reportedly signed a two-way contract with the Bulls.

Arcidiacono suited up for the Bulls' summer league squad in Las Vegas, compiling averages of 5.8 points, 3.2 boards and 2.8 assists per contest on 41.7 percent shooting, and now he'll try and prove his worth during training camp. However, with three point guards already on the roster on guaranteed deals, Arcidiacono will more than likely be G-League bound once the season begins.
Jul 24 - 5:11 PM

Denzel Valentine looked great on his way to 21 points in win over the 76ers on Friday, adding five rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

The Bulls are fixed! Kidding aside, this was an encouraging game for Valentine after he didn't do too much in his previous outings in Vegas -- it looked a little worse with the other rotation players not being out there, too. Valentine will be in the rotation and should have a floor of 22 minutes per game this season, so he's a possible deep-league target.
Jul 14 - 10:08 PM

The Bulls claimed David Nwaba off waivers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Besides how he can't really shoot, it makes sense for the Bulls. They're a little thin on the wings right now and there's certainly a chance Dwyane Wade is bought out at some point this season. Nwaba is still more about defense and he makes most of his money on back-cuts, but he'll have a chance to get minutes on his new team.
Jul 14 - 5:12 PM

Bulls sign G Antonio Blakeney.

It's a two-way contract for the LSU product, so he'll likely be getting most of his run with the G League Windy City Bulls.
Jul 14 - 3:40 PM

Lauri Markkanen (bruised left big toe) won't play on Wednesday.

Beat writer Mike McGraw describes it as a "minor toe injury" and this feels precautionary. Chicago has every reason to coddle their No. 7 pick, whose outside shooting is one of his biggest assets as a seven-footer.
Jul 12 - 9:59 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) said he's ahead of schedule and he will be ready for training camp.

His agent had a similar statement, but the Bulls may also have their say in his recovery. Considering the Bulls are going through the rebuild, they won't be in a rush to play the two-time dunk champ. For now, expect LaVine to have limitations for a good portion of the 2017-18 season.
Jul 12 - 6:55 PM

The Lakers have waived G David Nwaba.

The Lakers needed to make this move in order to create the cap space to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, so this isn't all that surprising. Nwaba might be able to snag a deal with a club seeking some depth at the two or three, but if not, he'll likely go back to the G-League.
Source: NBA
Jul 12 - 12:34 PM

Lauri Markkanen had his best game of the Summer League in a 82-73 win over the Wizards, scoring 20 points (6-of-17 FGs) with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

The rookie has had two strong performances and one dud so far in Vegas. Markkanen attempted a whopping 10 treys in the win, so it's clear that he's going to have the green light on a Chicago team that needs floor spacing in the worst way -- the Bulls were 28th in the NBA in 3-pointers made last season. The Bulls are rebuilding which helps Markkanen's outlook, but it's tough to project his role until they decide what to do with restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic.
Jul 11 - 8:07 PM

The Bulls announced on Tuesday that Cameron Payne (family reasons) has left Summer League and will not return.

Payne is the second Chicago guard to leave Las Vegas this week, as Kris Dunn had to fly home on Monday to attend to a family situation as well. It's unfortunate for the Bulls, as both players could have benefited from extra reps and playing alongside each other. More importantly, hopefully all ends well for the Dunn and Payne families.
Jul 11 - 1:19 PM

Denzel Valentine went 1-of-12 from the field during Monday's Summer League loss to the Hawks, finishing with four points, nine boards, three assists, four steals and four turnovers in 31 minutes.

Chicago's No. 7 overall pick, Lauri Markkanen, wasn't much better in the 20-point blowout loss, going 1-of-13 from the field on his way to eight points, nine boards, one steal, four blocks and one turnover in 31 minutes, so this was a pretty poor effort from Chicago even by Summer League standards. That being said, this was Valentine's first time on the court since undergoing minor ankle surgery back in May, so we wouldn't read too much into this less-than-stellar performance.
Jul 10 - 6:36 PM

Paul Zipser (ankle sprain) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition vs. the Hawks.

Zipser sprained his ankle on Saturday, and he might be done for Summer League. Even with Jimmy Butler leaving Chicago, it's unlikely that Zipser will make much noise in fantasy hoops next season.
Jul 10 - 3:58 PM

Kris Dunn flew home on Monday to attend to a "family situation," and he will miss the remainder of Summer League.

First and foremost, our thoughts go out to Dunn and his family, and we hope everything turns out okay there. On Sunday, Fred Hoiberg said that the Bulls' starting point guard position will be "an open competition" at training camp, so it sounds like Dunn will have to fend off Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne for that starting point guard spot over the course of camp and preseason. But considering how Dunn got to Chicago, we imagine he'd be in the lead to land that role.
Jul 10 - 3:39 PM

Paul Zipser sprained his ankle during Saturday's exhibition game, and he's in danger of missing the rest of summer league.

For now, we'll be considering Zipser questionable for Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks, but don't be surprised to see the second-year forward shutdown if there's any doubt about the health of his ankle.
Jul 9 - 2:56 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that he doesn't anticipate Dwyane Wade being bought out this summer.

Hoiberg said he's texted with Wade a few times since the Jimmy Butler trade, and a buyout was not something they discussed. Wade might start the year in Chicago, but with the team embracing a youth movement, Wade is suddenly a very expendable piece. Don't be surprised to hear Wade's name crop up in trade rumors throughout the season if he's not able to reach a buyout with the Bulls.
Jul 9 - 2:49 PM

Denzel Valentine said that his left ankle is feeling "much better" after undergoing a minor clean up procedure this offseason.

Valentine also said that he'd like to take on more of a leadership role on this young Bulls' team next season, and with Jimmy Butler gone, he'll have every opportunity to do so. Valentine will be on the radar as a potential deep league, late-round flier next season.
Source: ESPN
Jul 9 - 2:43 PM


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