April 8, 2020, 7:45 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Denver's GM Arturas Karnisovas completed a "second lengthy interview" for the Bulls' top basketball executive position on Wednesday.
The interview was with owner Jerry Reinsdorf and COO Michael Reinsdorf. Karnisovas is the "clear frontrunner" for the job, and a change in the front office can only be positive for the Bulls franchise and their players' fantasy values. Karnisovas joined the Nuggets as assistant GM in 2013 and was promoted to GM in 2017. During his time in the front office Denver has steadily improved and was headed for a second straight 50-win season. Hopefully he can bring in a coach that can reproduce Denver's offense, as the Bulls currently rank 29th in offensive rating this season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 7, 2020, 11:18 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Report: Nuggets' General Manager Arturas Karnisovas is the early frontrunner for the Bulls' top exec spot.
The Bulls are finally planning to move on from the Gar Foreman and John Paxson-led front office, though both may stay with the organization. Karnisovas has the draft and development track record that the Bulls are seeking. The search is in the early stages, though the Bulls do plan to have someone hired prior to the resumption of the season.
April 4, 2020, 9:49 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Pacers GM Chad Buchanan declined to interview for the Bulls' top basketball operations position.
Buchanan said he and his family are happy in Indianapolis and he is not interested in leaving. The Bulls are clearly moving fast with building their new front office after the announcement that GM Gar Forman and VP of Basketball Ops John Paxson are expected to move to different roles in the organization. A change in the front office and coaching staff could only be positive for fantasy purposes as the Bulls rank 29th in offensive rating this season. Hopefully a change would bring a more fantasy-friendly system with an emphasis on developing the younger talent on the roster.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 4, 2020, 8:51 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Lauri Markkanen had been unhappy with the direction of the Bulls organization even before the league went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Markkanen was so displeased, in fact, that he went on to state that if the situation were to remain unchanged, he'd prefer to be elsewhere. The Bulls power forward was a fantasy mess in 2019-20 and some of that could be attributed to the coach and some of it, to his injuries. Still, his statements put the team in a rough spot. considering Markkanen has been widely regarded as a core piece of their future plans. The Bulls are already shaking things up though, making moves towards freshening things up in the front office. The Markkanen-Bulls relationship is a must-watch storyline, especially given his potential in fantasy hoops.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times.
April 3, 2020, 1:44 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Bulls have begun their search for a top executive who will have full authority on basketball decisions.
Interviews will begin next week, with Toronto GM Bobby Webster and Denver GM Arturas Karnisovas on Chicago's wish list. Ownership will have discussions with current GM Gar Forman about his place in the organization moving forward, whlie VP of Basketball Ops John Paxson is expected to move to an advisory role with the franchise. The Bulls have been lost in the wilderness for some time now, and it's mildly surprising that it's taken them this long to hunt for someone to take the power out of GarPax's collective hands.
March 29, 2020, 7:21 pmKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
Jovan Buha of The Athletic writes that there have been multiple rumors connecting the Clippers with impending free agent Kris Dunn.
Dunn would only add to the Clippers' collection of outstanding defensive talent, though he may be hunting for a role closer to the starting lineup in a perfect world. He's currently shelved by a right MCL sprain that was initially expected to sideline him for the entire season. No matter where Dunn ends up, it's going to take a perfect set of circumstances for him to produce worthwhile numbers outside of the steals category.
Source: The Athletic
March 11, 2020, 6:02 pmRyan ArcidiaconoPG, Chicago Bulls
Ryan Arcidiacono is questionable to face the Magic on Thursday as he continues to deal with soreness in his right Achilles.
Arcidiacono has no impact in terms of fantasy outside of the deepest of leagues despite playing well over his last three outings.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 11, 2020, 5:57 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine (left quad strain) is officially listed as doubtful for Thursday's matchup vs. the Magic.
LaVine told the media on Tuesday that he expects to return over the next week or so. It appears highly unlikely that he returns for Thursday's game which is a welcome sign for those who picked up Shaq Harrison. Harrison should continue to have appeal in standard leagues as he has produced 7th/6th round value over the past month. The Bulls play twice over the weekend after Thursday's game so continue to monitor for updates over the coming days.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 11, 2020, 12:16 pmChandler HutchisonSF, Chicago Bulls
Chandler Hutchison will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on March 17 to treat the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder.
Hutchison hadn't played since February 11 and Jim Boylen had already admitted that his season could be in jeopardy. Hutchison averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds this season.
Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 9:37 amTomas SatoranskyPG, Chicago Bulls
Tomas Satoransky could have taken a couple different directions when Jim Boylen told him he’d be moving into a reserve role in favor of rookie Coby White, but he acted and played professionally, as expected.
“I respected that because I kind of expected that, also. It was logical the way I’ve been playing since All-Star break and the way Coby has been playing,” Satoransky said of Boylen’s decision. Sato has shot miserably since the New Year, connecting on just 22.4 percent in January, 28.1 percent in February and 18.2 percent this month from the 3-point land. He plans to ditch the brace he has been wearing to protect a hyperextended thumb that he is quietly playing through, having never landed on the injury report. The Czech guard looks like a drop in standard leagues right now but owners should keep an eye on him with the basketball situation in Chicago always volatile under Boylen.
Source: NBC Sports
March 10, 2020, 10:56 pmWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. woke up after Sunday's dud, putting up 17 points (7-of-9 FG), six rebounds and two steals in Tuesday's 108-103 win over the Cavs.
Carter did well to hang in there against an opponent with lots of frontcourt depth and had his first double-digit scoring game since returning from his right ankle sprain. If he can keep this play going he'll easily return middle-round value but so far Carter has really struggled since getting back on the floor, with value well outside the top-200 over the last month. Better days are ahead and tonight was a good first step.
March 10, 2020, 10:53 pmThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
Thad Young played 21 minutes on Tuesday night, producing eight points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Young has seen his playing time decrease in five straight contests and as the previously injured Bulls get back to business, you can expect him to settle into this sort of 20-mpg role. He's no longer a must-own in 12-team formats but you can definitely make the case for a hold if you need steals and rebounds.
March 10, 2020, 10:52 pmOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
Otto Porter continued to gain steam in Tuesday's win over the Cavs, scoring 15 points while adding four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two triples in 25 minutes off the bench.
Porter also shot 6-for-11 and should be due for another minutes increase shortly. He's had three good games, one mediocre one and one dud since returning from his left foot fracture but right now it seems like OP is heading in the right direction. Porter definitely has appeal as a universal add if he's still available in your leagues.
March 10, 2020, 10:48 pmCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White made his first career start on Tuesday and was able to deliver 20 points (7-for-17 shooting), five rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers while also committing a whopping nine turnovers.
The good continues to outweigh the bad with White, who has now scored 20 or more points in eight of his last nine games with at least five assists in each of his last five contests. He saw a team-high 38 minutes and should be in all lineups, and likely has enough juice to stay there even after Zach LaVine returns.
March 10, 2020, 10:46 pmShaquille HarrisonPG, Chicago Bulls
Shaq Harrison continued to play well on Tuesday night, stuffing the box score with eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks.
Harrison has taken off lately and is posting top-90/65 value (8/9-cat) in the last month. He's a terrific pickup for any GMs in need of defensive stats and he has likely carved out a full-time rotation spot even after Zach LaVine returns. Shaq will be a steals specialist at minimum through the end of the season.