February 10, 2018, 6:56 pm
While Fred Hoiberg hasn’t had specific discussions with management yet, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports that he understands that the Bulls will need to play their young players play more down the stretch.
As most lottery teams mandate. The Bulls are different than most, however, in that they don’t really have a ton of dead weight veterans soaking up minutes. This should probably alert Robin Lopez owners more than anyone, as Chicago could look to see more of Cristiano Felicio or even Bobby Portis at center. RoLo is the elder statesman on the roster and, despite his positive production, is the most obvious candidate to lose his playing time as the season winds down. Lauri Markkanen is the centerpiece of the future, so his minutes seem safe. That’s not great for Portis or Noah Vonleh but they might find work at other spots on the floor. Justin Holiday could lose minutes to Denzel Valentine while Paul Zipser and David Nwaba could see more time on the wing. Zach LaVine has looked great but could be shut down if the Bulls are extremely risk-averse. Cameron Payne could be coming for Jerian Grant‘s playing time but Kris Dunn shouldn’t be affected much. There are too many variables to predict fantasy value too far from the present here, but know that the Bulls may thrust some new faces into fantasy relevance in the season’s closing weeks.