Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

Fred Hoiberg said that Bobby Portis spent time this offseason working to extend his range.

With a backcourt featuring Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler, getting another shooter on the floor going to be paramount for the Bulls this season. During his rookie year, Portis shot just 42.7 percent from the field, and only managed to connect on 25.0 percent of his attempts from 10-15 feet out, so it's nice to hear he's focused on improving that aspect of his game. However, as long as Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson are on the team, Portis' upside will be capped.
Sep 27 - 2:44 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that the starting power forward position in Chicago is an "open competition."

Hoiberg said that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis all spent time running with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so this is likely an issue that won't be resolved until we're much closer to the regular season. Mirotic should have a bit of an edge given that his ability to spread the floor with his 3-point shot will give the Bulls some much needed spacing, so he makes for the most attractive late-middle round target out of the group. Additionally, Mirotic is fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during Spain's bonze medal game at the Olympics.
Sep 27 - 2:30 PM

General manager Gar Forman said Dwyane Wade's minutes restriction is expected to be "fluid" this season.

"First of all, we’ve talked to him – our medical team and our athletic-performance team, we’ve visited some with him," Forman said. "I don’t know that any definitive have come from that yet, but it’s obviously something that we’ll watch in regards to Dwyane being a little bit older but really to a number of our players." Wade surprisingly played 74 games last season at 30.5 minutes per outing. The Bulls are not new to managing players on playing time, so they might treat Wade a little like Derrick Rose last season.
Sep 26 - 11:10 PM

Thomas Walkup has signed a training camp deal with the Bulls.

The 23-year-old SG averaged 18.1 points and 6.9 rebounds for Austin State University last season, but the Bulls have good depth at SG which will make it difficult for Walkup to make the team.
Source: Sportando
Sep 23 - 9:45 AM

Bulls sign F Vince Hunter.

Hunter has accepted a camp invite with the Bulls and will not attempt to make their final roster. Even if he's able to do so, Hunter won't have any fantasy value.
Sep 20 - 12:42 PM

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera signed a training camp deal with the Bulls.

The four-year guard out of Georgetown put up 16.2 points per game during his senior season with 4.5 dimes and 2.2 treys. The Bulls only have 13 guaranteed contracts at the moment, but Smith-Rivera will likely end up on their new D-League squad.
Sep 16 - 10:09 AM

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf believes Dwyane Wade will be an invaluable addition to the team.

"It's a tremendous addition," Reinsdorf said. "Not only as a player but to our culture. Right off the bat, he wanted to know what he could do in the community. He has his own plans. So does Rajon [Rondo]. These guys are going to be a real plus." We still think it will take some time for the kinks to be worked out between Wade, Rondo and Jimmy Butler, but there's no question Chicago will be a fascinating team to watch.
Sep 10 - 2:38 PM

Nikola Mirotic tweeted that his knee is fine.

Mirotic had a knee-on-knee collision with Aron Baynes during Spain's bronze medal game, but he played through the injury and was in good spirits after the contest, so it doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything all that serious. While we still haven't heard official word on Mirotic’s test results, it sounds like he’ll be good to go for training camp.
Aug 23 - 3:27 PM

Nikola Mirotic doesn't think that his knee injury is serious.

He banged his right knee in a collision with Aron Baynes on Sunday, but was able to return to the game after a brief stint on the bench. "I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to play. I was hot in that moment too, so I didn’t feel a lot of pain," Mirotic said. "Right now, I’m feeling hurt. But it’s OK. We won the medal. That’s the most important thing. Hopefully, this is nothing. I need to do some tests now and I expect it’s all good." We should hear the results of the tests today, but the good news is that he doesn't seem too concerned about his knee. The Bulls need his floor spacing, so he could be poised for a huge role this season.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 22 - 10:07 AM

Nikola Mirotic banged his knee during the Bronze medal game on Sunday and will have "some tests" done.

He was down in obvious pain after colliding with Aron Baynes, though he did check back into the game down the stretch. Mirotic said that the pain got worse after the game ended, but we should get an official diagnosis soon. Mirotic finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three treys.
Aug 21 - 12:52 PM

Nikola Mirotic was locked in during a 92-67 victory over France on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, no turnovers and five 3-pointers.

The Bulls could definitely use this version of Mirotic. He's playing much better these days and now sits on a pristine 65.6 true shooting percentage in his six Rio games. With the Bulls really lacking 3-pointers from their three primary ball-handlers in the first unit, there is tremendous pressure on Mirotic to knock down jumpers for spacing. He's a very interesting fantasy target after a strong post-break run last year.
Aug 17 - 3:22 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 17 points in an easy win over Lithuania on Saturday, adding four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

He made all seven attempts from two-point range with his four attempts from deep. Mirotic is finally starting to get it going with a 19-point game coming on Tuesday. He'll be asked to shoot a ton of 3-pointers for the Bulls next year, which makes him a late-mid round pick.
Aug 13 - 7:46 PM

Cristiano Felicio played only a minute and a half in Saturday's 111-107 loss to Argentina, finishing with two points and one rebound.

Felicio has an opportunity in Chicago behind Robin Lopez, so make sure you don't forget about him in deeper formats as a late-round flier on draft day.
Aug 13 - 4:03 PM

Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that it's his responsibility to get the Bulls playing more "consistent basketball."

"We’ve got to be more consistent on a nightly basis and that’s on me," he said. After an up-and-down inaugural season as Chicago's head coach, Hoiberg has a completely new cast of characters to work with and will have to tweak his approach in order to fit the personnel on the roster. "It's going to take sacrifice," Hoiberg added.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 13 - 2:43 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that his relationship with Jimmy Butler continues to improve.

"Jimmy and I have had a lot of conversations," Hoiberg said. "There’s a lot of things [that happened] last year. The big thing was the comment after the New York game…We got it handed to us and the comment was made." Hoiberg is referring to Butler's "coach us harder" comment after a tough stretch in December which put their relationship under a microscope, but the good news is that it sounds like they are both looking forward to working together with a revamped roster.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 12 - 11:01 AM


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