Player News - Bulls

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The Bulls selected Chandler Hutchinson at 22 in the draft on Thursday.

Boise State’s basketball program isn’t as well known as their blue turf for football, but Hutchinson thrived in his senior season with averages of 20.0 points, 7.7 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 treys on a 48/36/73 shooting line over 31.0 minutes per contest. His coach from college has said Hutchinson can be "turn-key ready" in the NBA after his senior season, so maybe he is a factor this season. After making serious strides as a ball-handler, maybe he can take some pressure off the Bulls backcourt.
Jun 21 - 9:52 PM

The Bulls drafted Wendell Carter Jr. with the seventh pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

The Bulls get the guy they were hoping for, assuming they were unable to make a deal to move up. The Duke big man did well at the combine with a 7’5" wingspan on his 6’10" frame, and Carter Jr. showed some touch from deep at 41.3% on treys as a freshman. Although, it was mostly catch-and-shoot treys with some space from defenders, and he only made 36.8% on his two-point jumpers. He’s also been a very high-character guy and has been since he was on the NBA draft radar. In 2016, Carter’s team won the Georgia 2A championship and afterwards his team left the bus for a celebration, but Carter stayed behind as the only player on the team to clean up after a mess the team made. Cool story aside, he has the talent to make an early impact on both side of the ball with 3.1 blocks per 40 minutes and making 73.8% at the line. This is one of the best landing spots for Carter Jr.'s fantasy value, so he's firmly on the radar as a top-100 pick in nine-category leagues.
Jun 21 - 8:13 PM

The Bulls would likely select Wendell Carter Jr. over Michael Porter Jr. at No. 7, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

The Bulls could also try to trade up for Mo Bamba or Marvin Bagley, as well. Carter Jr. was overshadowed at Duke with Bagley having such a monster season, but Carter has low-post offense, range from deep, and is a much better defender than Bagley. Carter Jr. could be a fantasy factor right away, especially on the Bulls.
Jun 21 - 4:18 PM

Wendell Carter said it was an honor to work out for the Magic.

He has been throwing the honor term around a lot and mentioned that when talking about playing next Kristaps Porzingis. Carter admitted that the Magic gave him a difficult workout, so maybe they would consider him at No. 6. He's a project, but the Duke big man averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 boards and 2.1 blocks last season. If given an opportunity, he could have fantasy value.
Jun 16 - 9:21 PM

Wendell Carter Jr. will work out for the Kings on June 16.

Interesting. Most mocks have WCJ going in the 5-7 range, while the Kings own the No. 2 selection. If Sacramento is impressed with WCJ, it would make some sense for them to trade down a bit -- ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported this week that several teams are interested in moving up to select Jaren Jackson Jr. in the 2-4 range .
Jun 14 - 11:55 AM

The Bulls coaching staff and front office "have been less than impressed" with Kris Dunn’s early summer work habits so far, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times.

First, we have to add that this report comes from someone who hasn't exactly been kind to the Bulls over the years, so keep that in mind. Plus, President John Paxson said Dunn will return as the starting point guard back in April. That aside, this is interesting to hear at this point of the year, and maybe Dunn missing so much time late in the year has influenced the Bulls front office. Dunn should still be considered the heavy favorite to start on opening night, but don't be shocked if the Bulls go with another PG at No. 7 in the draft.
Jun 8 - 7:30 PM

Wendell Carter said it would be an honor play alongside Kristaps Porzingis.

"He's been in the league for a while now, so learn things from him and go out and win," Carter said. The Duke product had a workout for the Knicks on Friday, and the No. 9 Knicks are the lowest pick to have him in for a workout. Chances are Carter won't make it to No. 9 and it's possible he goes in the top five.
Source: SNY.TV
Jun 8 - 2:30 PM

Wendell Carter has an individual workout scheduled with the Knicks.

Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 26.8 minutes for Duke last season. He is commonly projected to land somewhere between six and ten in the upcoming draft, so the Knicks, who will draft ninth, are certainly a possibility. The issue for New York is attempting to predict how Carter would fit in alongside Kristaps Porzingis, as KP will likely shift to center full-time in the near future.
Jun 5 - 10:02 AM

Wendell Carter and Mikal Bridges have workouts scheduled with the Bulls for Monday.

Both of these guys could be options for Chicago when they come on the board with the No. 7 overall selection on draft day, so this will be an important workout for the pair as they try and separate themselves in the eyes of Bulls management. Carter has good size for the center position, is a skilled passer and solid defender, but he's not the most explosive athlete in the lottery. Bridges is an impressive athlete who has a knack for getting to the rim, but he could be better on defense.
Jun 3 - 5:05 PM

Wendell Carter has "workouts lined up with teams picking 4-9 in the draft," according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

Carter seemed to fly under the radar a bit during his lone season at Duke, as he was playing alongside the more heralded Marvin Bagley III. However, Carter's combination of size, athleticism and shooting touch is why many scouts feel he has an extremely high ceiling and a safe floor. He will likely go in the top 10 overall.
Jun 2 - 11:40 AM

Bobby Portis thinks he and the Bulls will "get everything worked out" in the next year.

"But if not, I'll play my fourth year and still try to ball out as much as possible," Portis said. He added he likes the fit with the city of Chicago and he'll be working as hard as he can again this summer. It was a rocky start for the Arkansas product, but he say big minutes after the Nikola Mirotic trade. Free Bobby Portis happened over a long period after the break, averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.7 dimes, 1.4 treys and 0.8 steals in his last 25 games.
May 24 - 5:26 PM

Updating a previous item, Paul Zipser (foot) had surgery in Germany to repair a fracture in his left foot.

He does not have a timetable to return after this injury limited him to finish the season. Zipser's deal is non-guaranteed until July 18, so there's a very good chance he's cut during the free agency period.
May 18 - 6:14 PM

Paul Zipser (foot) had foot surgery.

No details yet on this one, but Zipser's foot kept him off the court for most of the last month of the season. He likely won't be in the rotation next year, especially with the Bulls likely to grab a frontcourt player in the draft.
May 18 - 2:39 PM

John Paxson, the Bulls’ vice president of basketball operations, said that he views Cameron Payne as the team's backup point guard for 2018-19.

"I feel really good about going into next season with Kris Dunn as our starter and Cameron Payne as our backup,’’ Paxson said. "All these young guys have a lot of things to work on and clean up, but Cameron showed a competitiveness to him, an ability to push the ball probably better than any guard we’ve had in a while, and he showed a defensive edge to him that will help us going forward.’’ The Bulls traded away valuable assets for Payne, so they'll give him one more year to prove himself. This is bad news for Jerian Grant.
Apr 14 - 10:33 AM

Bulls executive John Paxson said that Chicago plans to let the market dictate the contractual value of restricted free agent Zach Lavine.

The Bulls are in a tricky spot with LaVine. He's just a year removed from ACL surgery and was working his way back into game shape. He flashed tremendous upside at times over the second half of the season, but was also woefully inefficient offensively, shooting just 38.3 percent from the floor. LaVine is reportedly looking for max, or at least near-max money. However, it would be very surprising if he received an offer approaching $100 million.
Apr 14 - 10:25 AM


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