Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Rajon Rando was held scoreless in six minutes on Saturday against the Kings.

Rondo did not attempt any shots, but dished out four assists and got a steal. The fact that he played just six minutes, despite Michael Carter-Williams struggling, has to be concerning. It appears that Rondo will not have a big role in Chicago in the foreseeable future and only a trade will help his fantasy value.
Jan 22 - 12:47 AM

Robin Lopez scored nine points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 29 minutes on Saturday against the Kings.

Lopez is averaging 11.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game over his last five. He does not produce eye-popping numbers, but has returned decent value to fantasy owners this season. The Bulls face the Magic on Tuesday, which is a good matchup for Lopez, as they are giving up the fifth most rebounds per game with a -2.1 differential. They are also yielding the sixth most fantasy points per game to centers.
Jan 22 - 12:31 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 11 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in Saturday's 102-99 victory over the Kings.

It was his best game since returning from illness, but nothing to be too excited about. He can frustrate owners with his volatility.
Jan 22 - 12:23 AM

Dwyane Wade hit 9-20 shots and 12-of-15 free throws for 30 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks on Saturday against the Kings.

Wade stuffed the stat sheet and helped the Bulls snap a two-game losing streak. Chicago will get two days of rest before heading to Orlando to take on the Magic, a team that Wade played 25 minutes against and scored 16 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in their last meeting. He should be well rested and ready to roll in that matchup.
Jan 22 - 12:18 AM

Dwyane Wade will start again against the Kings on Saturday.

This isn't a surprise after a really bad loss. The Bulls will still stick with Michael Carter-Williams, Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez.
Jan 21 - 7:18 PM

Jimmy Butler expressed frustration in his team's effort and performance after the Bulls lost to Atlanta on Friday night.

"We got to come out better, man," Butler said. "We got to start playing better from the jump. It's terrible basketball. Starting from me going all the way down the line. Otherwise, we're just going to keep getting our a---s beat." Butler is doing the right thing by sharing responsibility, but the reality is the Bulls have to do a better job of getting him the ball. Butler scored 19 points on just eight FG attempts on Friday night. Butler and the Bulls will look to bounce back Saturday vs. Sacramento.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 21 - 9:40 AM

Doug McDermott scored two points with three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers during a 102-93 loss to the Hawks on Friday.

All that momentum he built earlier this month is now gone. He's still not making treys and his defense is holding the team back. Maybe a lineup tweak helps him, but it's hard to count on McDermott night in and night out.
Jan 21 - 1:59 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 19 points on 6-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line in a 102-93 loss to the Hawks on Friday, adding three assists, one steal, four turnovers and two 3-pointers.

From the "this does not compute" department, He had a 93.1 true shooting percentage and a 20.8 usage rate in this game. Butler needs the rock more and he should be in at least the upper 20s every game for usage rate -- he's at 27.8 on the season. The No. 1 alpha is still a top-10 player in standard leagues.
Jan 21 - 1:55 AM

Michael Carter-Williams had another rough night on Friday against the Hawks, scoring three points with three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 19 minutes.

Despite how the Bulls have been a disaster lately, their starting unit has a respectable +0.5 net rating in their last seven. That's good news for Carter-Williams to keep his job, but he's not doing much with it. He hasn't even been worth owning in 16-team league since starting.
Jan 21 - 1:49 AM

Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-6 from the field for five points with four rebounds, two assists and five fouls in 17 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

When Bad Mirotic shows up, he shows up in emphatic fashion. These are the breaks with him, but he is still worth owning in standard leagues unless there is an irresistible free agent out there.
Jan 21 - 1:44 AM

Taj Gibson (ankle) scored six points with three rebounds and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He looked fine and the low minutes were due to the blowout. Gibson hasn't exactly lit it up lately and the numerous combinations for the rotation has hurt his consistency. Plus, a possible trade would likely hurt him, so Gibson's owners may want to see what is out there with so many hot pickups lately.
Jan 21 - 1:42 AM

Dwyane Wade made 2-of-10 from the field to match his season-low four points in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists and one steal.

This was a brutal loss for the Bulls and Wade took to Twitter after the game. "That performance was AWFUL!!! I apologize to all the Chicago fans and Wade fans," Wade tweeted. The Bulls are back home on Saturday to face the Kings, so Wade will likely be out there based on these comments. He really only has mid-round upside going forward.
Jan 21 - 1:38 AM

Rajon Rondo scored two points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He was in the rotation, but he's been flat out awful. Rondo can't make free throws, he can't finish at the rim and he's had some defensive issues. We saw Rondo have a really nice season last year, so maybe a trade can get him going. We don't suggest stashing him in most cases.
Jan 21 - 1:33 AM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will play Friday night vs. Atlanta, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg.

It's safe to assume Gibson will slide back into the starting lineup, which will bump Paul Zipser back to the bench, and likely out of the rotation altogether. Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott will also likely see a few less minutes on Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 20 - 11:59 AM

Dwyane Wade is expected to play on Friday vs. the Hawks and on Saturday vs. the Kings.

It's great that he's planning on playing in both games of the back-to-back set, but don't be surprised if his minutes are held in check in both of them. The Bulls will likely make a final decision after Friday's game vs. the Hawks.
Jan 19 - 1:32 PM


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