Player News - Bulls

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According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Dwyane Wade is hoping the Bulls approach him with a reasonable buyout offer.

It's no secret that the 35-year old Wade wants to leave the rebuilding Bulls for a team capable of competing for a championship. However, Chicago has let it be known they will only agree to a buyout if it is "advantageous for the organization." One primary reason the Bulls would want to hold onto Wade, even if he's unhappy, is that his large, expiring contract could be a valuable trade chip at the deadline in February.
Sep 16 - 9:19 AM

The Bulls will reportedly sign FA Diamond Stone to a partially-guaranteed two-year deal.

Stone barely played in seven appearances with the Clippers as a rookie last season, and the Hawks waived him after a trade in July. The partial guarantee of $50k makes Stone eligible to play for Chicago's G-League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls, and he's far away from fantasy relevance.
Sep 14 - 12:14 AM

Cameron Payne's (foot surgery) timetable has officially been set at 3-4 months.

Payne underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and this timetable projects his return to action sometime in early-December. Payne has had a lot of trouble with this foot, so expect him to be brought along slowly once he is cleared to play. There's not much here in terms of fantasy hoops, as Payne is just the third-string point guard on the roster.
Sep 10 - 5:59 PM

Cameron Payne underwent successful surgery on his right foot on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.

Payne will remain in a splint for the next 7-10 days followed by a boot for 6-8 weeks. He initially suffered the injury to the fifth metatarsal on his right foot back in July. It's the same bone he broke during the 2015-16 season with OKC. With Payne sidelined, Kris Dunn and Jerian Grant will handle point guard duties for the Bulls. Even when he is fully healthy, Payne may have a tough time earning minutes, as he has not yet proven he is a NBA-caliber point guard. He should be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Sep 8 - 12:07 PM

Lauri Markkanen is averaging 22.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 treys through Finland's first five EuroBasket contests.

Markkanen's performance at the Las Vegas Summer league was a bit disappointing, as he averaged 14.0 points while shooting just 29.3 percent from the floor. However, playing for Finland against top European competition, Markkanen has been a beast. He's showed surprising versatility and aggressiveness on the offensive end. Just as importantly, he's been supremely efficient, shooting 55.1 percent from the floor, 57.4 percent from 3-point range and 89.7 percent from the free-throw stripe.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 8 - 11:12 AM

Dwyane Wade confirmed that he plans to report to training camp in Chicago later this month.

There has been rampant speculation that the Bulls will buy out the final year of Wade's contract. However, Chicago has maintained that they would only do is it were "advantageous for the organization." On Thursday, Wade said he has not yet talked to the Bulls front office about a potential arrangement. "When the time is right for me and the Chicago Bulls organization to sit down and talk about the future, we will do that," said Wade.
Sep 8 - 9:16 AM

Lauri Markkanen scored 23 points in 24 minutes against Iceland on Wednesday.

He continues to shine in EuroBasket and he was able to increase on his 22.5 points per game over his previous four games. Markkanen was viewed as more of a one-trick pony as a floor-spacing four, but he's perhaps a little more well-rounded than expected. His strong play overseas has already overshadowed his rough summer league, making him a possible late-round target.
Sep 6 - 4:26 PM

The Bulls recently put Zach LaVine (knee) through a series of drills and tests and reportedly measured his standing verticle as higher than his pre-draft measurements.

Chicago has not yet released an official timetable for LaVine's return, but head coach Fred Hoiberg was recently quoted saying he hopes to have Zach back on the court shortly after the start of the season, so things are trending in a positive direction here. While LaVine will very likely be eased back into things on a rebuilding Bulls team, he could have a phenomenal season once he's fully up to speed, operating as the No. 1 option in Hoiberg's uptempo offense. Still, we wouldn't recommend looking his way until the later rounds on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Sep 6 - 11:40 AM

Lauri Markkanen continued his impressive play with Team Finland on Tuesday, scoring 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go with six boards and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

Markkanen currently sits in the top-3 in points per game at 22.5 points per contest through the first four games of the EuroBasket tournament and he's also been connecting on 56.1 percent of his shot attempts over that four-game span. The Bulls are clearly high on him considering he was one of the major pieces brought to the team in the Jimmy Butler trade, but he could have a slow start to his rookie season if Chicago retains restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic.
Sep 5 - 5:16 PM

Dwyane Wade will reportedly consider Miami, Cleveland and Los Angeles if he reaches a buyout with Chicago.

To be clear, no buyout talks have yet been initiated between Wade and the Bulls, but given the current direction of the Chicago franchise, it just doesn't make much sense for the 35-year-old veteran to remain on the roster. There have, however, been rumors that the Bulls may want to use Wade as a trade chip this season, so we might not see the two sides initiate buyout talks until after the trade deadline.
Sep 4 - 3:52 PM

Lauri Markkanen helped lead Finland to a double-overtime win over Poland on Sunday, scoring 27 points to go with nine boards, two triples, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

Markkanen came through with some clutch plays down the stretch, hitting a beautiful turnaround jumper during the closing seconds of the first overtime period to keep to send the game into double-overtime (link below), and he clearly didn't have any lingering effects from Saturday's ankle injury. He might start out slow to begin the 2017-18 season if the Bulls retain Nikola Mirotic, but his minutes should steadily increase as the year goes on and the losses pile up in Chicago.
Sep 3 - 3:33 PM

Lauri Markkanen (ankle) is good to go for Sunday's Eurobasket contest.

Markkanen turned his ankle on Saturday and needed help to get back to the locker room, but the injury wasn't as bad as it looked. The rookie has scored an average of 23.0 points per game through two contests and has certainly turned heads this summer. His value hinges on what the Bulls do with restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic, but Markkanen should eventually get a lot of burn on a rebuilding Chicago team.
Sep 3 - 1:22 PM

Udonis Haslem said he would love to have Dwyane Wade back in Miami.

"Not only is he a great competitor, great teammate I learned a lot from but also a friend of mine, I consider him a brother." The two have played together for 13 years and have always talked about ending their careers together. If Wade can reach a buyout with Chicago, the Heat and Cavaliers should be the heavy favorites for his signature.
Sep 3 - 12:21 PM

Lauri Markkanen turned his ankle on Saturday.

He did need some help to the locker room, but there are no details just yet. After a 22-point Thursday, the Bulls rookie dropped 24 points in a losing effort to Slovenia. He's been much better than expected and perhaps the Bulls not bringing back Nikola Mirotic yet bodes well for the U of A product as a late-round pick.
Sep 2 - 9:10 PM

The Bulls might be "moving on" from Cameron Payne, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

It was announced yesterday that Payne that will undergo surgery to repair a fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. However, this recurring foot injury isn't the only issue the Bulls have with Payne. His subpar play, even when healthy, is the bigger concern. "We knew the second practice [after he was acquired] that he couldn’t play at [an NBA] level," a source close to the situation told the Sun-Times. "The only reason it took two practices was because we thought maybe it was nerves in the first one."
Sep 1 - 9:22 AM


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