Player News - Bulls

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Taj Gibson (ankle) is in a walking boot and could miss up to two weeks.

Gibson has already been declared out for the next week, but it's starting to look like his absence could extend into a second week. Nikola Mirotic will see plenty of minutes off the Bulls' bench while Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah will also see a bump in fantasy value.
Mar 3 - 12:14 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol (illness) is probable for Tuesday against the Wizards.

He was questionable for Sunday, but didn't play well with four points and 15 boards. Gasol is basically a lock to play. If he's somehow out, the Bulls might hold an open tryout at the United Center tomorrow. Kidding aside, start Gasol in weekly leagues.
Mar 2 - 6:03 PM

Nikola Mirotic is expected to play more for the Bulls with the injuries to Jimmy Butler (elbow) and Taj Gibson (ankle).

The entire season has been a wild ride for Mirotic. Whether or not coach Tom Thibodeau plays him at the three has been a tough subject to monitor. He played all of his minutes at small forward on Wednesday, but he only played two minutes at small forward in his last two games. Plus, don't forget the Bulls will also have to replace Jimmy's 21.6 usage rate along with his 38.9 minutes per game in the next 3-6 weeks while he's out. Regardless, MIrotic should be very attractive the next week or so without Taj Gibson. He should be owned in all leagues. Tony Snell's role is much, much clearer, which makes him the safer add right now.
Mar 2 - 2:06 PM
Tony Snell - G/F - Bulls

Tony Snell is expected to pick up minutes with the Jimmy Butler (elbow) injury.

The Bulls have to replace the NBA's leader in minutes per game, so it won't be a one-man job. However, Snell's improvements have been undeniable lately. In his last 17 games, he's increased his usage rate to 16.2, which is up from 11.2 in his first 33. Also, he's been on fire in his last 10, posting a 72.7 effective field goal percentage. If you're looking for more of sure thing, Snell is a fantastic add in all standard leagues. If you really want to swing for the fences, Nikola Mirotic is possibly the better add. To be clear, both players should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 2 - 1:59 PM

Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Bulls are officially calling it a Grade 2/3 ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. If he misses three weeks, there would be 11 regular-season games left. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future.
Mar 2 - 1:38 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for at least another week.

Not good. Gibson's ankle sprain is clearly serious, and Gibson has a history of playing through ankle injuries, so we know it must be bothering the big man. The Bulls play four times this week, so if Gibson misses all of those contests, Nikola Mirotic will continue to see big minutes off the bench with Chicago leaning a little harder on both Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
Mar 2 - 9:31 AM

Derrick Rose (knee) said that he would return this season.

Rose has already started his rehab and all reports have been tremendously positive since his outpatient surgery. While we're likely to get daily Rose updates for however long he's sidelined, it's important to remember that the earliest he'll return is at the back end of March. That doesn't leave a lot of time for him to contribute to fantasy owners looking to win their postseason matchups.
Mar 2 - 9:27 AM
Tony Snell - G/F - Bulls

Tony Snell scored 10 of his 13 points during the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Clippers, adding three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists and three turnovers through 33 minutes of action.

Snell was forced into action when Jimmy Butler went down with an elbow injury early in the third quarter, but he's been playing well lately, averaging 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers during the month of February. With Butler's status for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards uncertain at this point, Snell is worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Mar 1 - 6:37 PM

Joakim Noah put up a double-double during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, scoring 13 points on 2-of-8 shooting (9-of-14 from the stripe), with 11 rebounds, six assists and one turnover through 35 minutes of action.

Noah's been struggling with his shot since the break, knocking down just 41.2 percent of his attempts. However, the other numbers are there with 13.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.0 block per game since the break, so owners can expect his scoring numbers (7.2 points per game) to jump once his shot starts falling.
Mar 1 - 6:30 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol was cleared limited by his illness during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, scoring just four points on 2-of-13 shooting, to go with 15 rebounds and four assists through 33 minutes of action.

Tom Thibodeau acknowledged after the game that Gasol is still very sick, and he gave him credit for going out there and giving it everything he had. The Bulls don't play again until Tuesday, so hopefully that gives him enough time to fully recover from his illness. If Jimmy Butler (elbow) is unable to go on Tuesday, Gasol is going to be busy on offense.
Mar 1 - 6:10 PM

Aaron Brookes scored 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, adding two 3-pointers, one rebound, three assists and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

Brooks hasn't done much since entering the starting lineup, averaging just 10.0 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 three-pointers per game. The minutes are there, but the production hasn't come around yet. He's still worth holding onto in standard leagues given the Bulls' dire need for offense, especially with Jimmy Butler (elbow) going down on Sunday.
Mar 1 - 6:01 PM

Nikola Mirotic was fantastic on Sunday, scoring a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting, to go with nine rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, and two turnovers through 31 minutes of action.

Taj Gibson (ankle) was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot, so it looks like Mirotic is going to get some additional time to produce for Chicago with Derrick Rose (knee) out, and Jimmy Butler's (elbow) status up in the air for Tuesday. What makes Mirotic's line even more impressive is that he was the only Bull to score a field goal during the entire fourth quarter, and he's well worth a look in standard leagues.
Mar 1 - 5:54 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot following Sunday's loss to the Clippers.

Gibson did not play on Sunday, and we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Nikola Mirotic stepped up in a big way on Sunday, scoring 29 points (setting a new career-high), and he's worth a look in standard leagues.
Mar 1 - 4:09 PM

Jimmy Butler (left elbow) will have MRI on hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

We'll continue to track Butler's status closely, and we're considering him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards. Tony Snell will likely draw the start if Butler is unavailable on Tuesday, and he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues with averages of 13.6 points and 2.7 three-pointers through the month of February.
Mar 1 - 3:55 PM

Jimmy Butler (left elbow sprain) will not return for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

Butler will finish Sunday's game with 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field, with two 3-pointers, two assists, two rebounds, and one turnover. The Bulls play again on Tuesday vs. Washington, and we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Tony Snell stepped up when Butler went down, scoring 10 points in the third quarter, and he'll be worth a look in deep leagues if Butler is forced to sit out on Tuesday.
Mar 1 - 2:55 PM


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