Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Derrick Walton Jr. has signed a contract with the Bulls.

As per usual, the terms of the deal were not disclosed in Chicago's presser, but this is likely just a camp invite. Walton Jr. will have to beat out Ryan Arcidiacono for the third-string point guard position at training camp, but even if he makes the team, he won't hold any fantasy value this season.
Source: NBA
Aug 14 - 3:10 PM

Derrick Walton Jr. intends to sign a contract with the Bulls, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Walton played on a two-way contract with the Heat last season. He only saw limited minutes over 16 games for Miami, but played well in the G-League, averaging 16.1 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
Aug 10 - 10:35 AM

With the signing of Jabari Parker, Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg may occasionally use Bobby Portis at the five in smaller lineups.

Despite Parker, who agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal this summer, being better suited for the power forward position the plan is for him to start at the three. And that could lead to Portis (or Lauri Markkanen) seeing some time at the center position as Hoiberg looks to put a more versatile lineup on the court. "Jabari gives us another versatile player to put in our frontcourt," Portis told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. "We can have mismatches all over the floor." Portis, who's entering the final guaranteed season of his rookie deal, expects to resume contract talks with the team "in the next week or so."
Aug 5 - 10:00 AM

Lauri Markkanen says he has bulked up this summer, adding 14 pounds to his frame.

Markkanen dealt with a few minor injuries last season, missing a total of 14 games. Hopefully, adding weight will help him avoid minor dings. "I just know I feel good," said Markkanen. "I’ve put on about 14 pounds. In general, I feel stronger. Hopefully, I can keep this weight up and play with it because I feel it will help my game." Markkanen also said he is excited to play alongside new additions Wendell Carter Jr. and Jabari Parker.
Aug 4 - 10:49 AM

Ryan Arcidiacono will sign a partially-guaranteed, one-year deal to re-sign with the Bulls, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

He didn't impress too much in Las Vegas while Antonio Blakeney was one of the better perimeter scorers to earn a deal with the Bulls. Arcidiacono isn't a lock to make the roster next season.
Jul 28 - 6:17 PM

The Bulls have claimed G Antonius Cleveland off waivers.

Chicago will award Cleveland a multi-year deal and he'll provide some emergency depth at the two-spot for the Bulls. He won't be a factor in the rotation, though.
Jul 23 - 5:07 PM

Rawle Alkins has signed a two-way contract with the Bulls.

Alkins will provide the Bulls with some emergency depth at the two-spot, but he'll spend a majority of the 2018-19 season in the G-League.
Jul 22 - 3:22 PM

Zach LaVine said he wants to be the top option on the Bulls this season.

He mentioned he has worked too hard to be second fiddle, but there's nothing wrong with that. LaVine said that a lot of the guys on the team probably want to be the top option, but he added that he thinks it’s good for the team that they all are striving to be the best. His defense is another story, but last year his offense was not very good at just 35th percentile overall (Synergy). His usage rate did rise to No. 1 option levels at 29.6 in 2017-18 from just 21.8 in 2016-17 with the Wolves, so potentially LaVine could score a bunch on this up-tempo team.
Jul 21 - 3:00 PM

The Hawks have waived Antonius Cleveland.

He had an average summer league, so the Hawks decided to cut him loose because they needed to waive someone after their recent trade. If Cleveland signs with another team it'll be his third since his debut last November. Even if he does get signed, he's a fantasy nonfactor.
Jul 21 - 12:51 PM

Julyan Stone has signed with Reyer Venezia and will return to Italy.

After another stint in the league with the Hornets and then being traded and waived by the Bulls, he's headed back overseas. During Stone's last tenure in Italy, he helped Reyer win a Serie A championship in 2016-17. He could never really get much going in the leauge, only averaging 0.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 7.6 minutes per game.
Jul 21 - 11:29 AM

The Bulls are expected to sign Antonio Blakeney on Thursday.

Blakeney lit it up at Summer League for Chicago, posting averages of 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and his impressive play earned him a regular-season roster spot with the club. His contract is expected to be a one-year deal for the minimum. As for fantasy hoops, Blakeney will be a non-factor while the team is at full strength.
Jul 18 - 1:56 PM

Wendell Carter Jr. has been named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team.

Carter Jr. looked like a man amongst boys at Summer League, chipping in averages of 14.6 points, 9.4 boards, 1.6 dimes and 2.6 swats per contest on 55% shooting, and the hype train will be humming for him as we approach draft day. Josh Hart, Kevin Knox, Collin Sexton and Christian Wood were also named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team on Tuesday.

Coach Fred Hoiberg praised Jabari Parker and believes he is a "really good fit" with the Bulls.

"He’s great in transition," Hoiberg added. "He’ll fit in very well with the way we want to play as far as getting up and down the floor with pace. I think all across the board it’s a really good fit for us." Parker is still very young and as long as he can get and remain healthy, still has the potential to have a fantastic career. Playing for his hometown Bulls could motivate him even further.
Jul 15 - 11:49 AM

Wendell Carter Jr. scored six points with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Pistons during an event-ending loss on Saturday.

He finally struggled on offense, making just 1-of-8 from the field and 4-of-8 from the line. Carter's rebounding has been a focus for the Bulls coaching staff, but now his rim protection on defense moves to the foreground because he'll have to help Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker on the wings. You can bet WCJ get at least 1.0 blocks per game in his rookie year. Maybe closer to two.
Jul 14 - 8:52 PM

Antonio Blakeney scored 24 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

It's too bad the Bulls signed power small forward Jabari Parker, because there was a chance we could've seen Blakeney in some spots in possible three-guard lineups. Blakeney just dropped 28 on Wednesday and scored 25 on Saturday, so he's proven to be one of the better scorers in Vegas. He's helped his chances to move up the depth chart.
Jul 14 - 8:50 PM


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