May 16, 2019, 12:48 pmKris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls
The Bulls Vice president of Basketball Operations John Paxson said, "We feel that at the 2, 3, 4, 5 spots, we’re really solid,” When speaking to reporters about the direction of the team on Wednesday.
Earlier in the offseason, Paxson and company seemed to be behind Kris Dunn and expected improvement from the three-year pro this summer. A lot has changed since then, as it has become clear that the Bulls do not view Dunn as the long-term solution at PG. Pairing these recent comments with the rumors surrounding Dunn's work ethic last offseason, this tumultuous relationship doesn't have good odds of lasting much longer.
Source: The Athletic
April 30, 2019, 4:59 pmCarmelo Anthony - F - Chicago Bulls
Carmelo Anthony not ruling out a reunion with the Knicks saying, "I have to see what's going on," with a smile.
Whether Melo returns to the Knicks or any team for that matter, is ultimately not up to him after playing in just ten games this past season. Anthony's chances of resurfacing will improve if he is willing to come off the bench.
April 25, 2019, 5:32 pmOmer Asik - C - Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have requested that Omer Asik's contract not count towards the team salary as he suffered a career-ending injury/illness.
Asik, who was waived by the Bulls last October, has been forced to retire. Asik was able to play in the league for eight seasons. With this move, the Bulls would free up an additional $3 million in cap room that they could use to help bolster their young roster heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 16, 2019, 5:23 pmWendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. is ready to show off all that he learned while being on the sidelines after undergoing thumb surgery saying, "Accidents happen and I got injured. But I feel it will help me come back better for next season."
Carter also talked about seeing how beneficial it was to watch how the veterans approach the game and how the position themselves and stay calm. Carter relayed how he saw the game slow down while watching from the sidelines, and knows what he needs to do to improve. Carter showed flashes in his rookie year and will look to show everyone that his injury wasn't a total waste of a season.
Source: Sam Smith on NBA.com
April 11, 2019, 12:51 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (rapid heart rate) has been cleared to resume all basketball activities.
Markkanen was experiencing rapid heart rate and fatigue towards the end of a game back on March 26 versus the Raptors before subsequently being shut down. After undergoing testing it seems that Markkanen was given a clean bill of health and should be expected to play under no restrictions heading into the 2019-20 season.
Source: Cody Westerlund on twitter
April 10, 2019, 10:56 pmKris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn battled multiple injuries this season and saw the court 46 times in which he delivered top-85/110 value in 8/9-cat formats.
Dunn saw another fairly productive season cut short due to injury. He played 46 games, starting 44 of them, and managed to stay productive given injuries (back, migraine, pelvis, knee) and a coaching change. Dunn also said he did not prepare last summer for the type of offense that the Bulls ended up running and he will be able to focus this upcoming summer's training to be more aligned with what he'll be asked to do. If the Bulls don't draft a point guard he should be able to deliver similar results next season.
April 10, 2019, 10:56 pmZach LaVine - G - Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine battled ankle and knee injuries in 2018-19 and ended up missing 19 games but still managed top put up top-35/60 value in 8/9-cat formats.
LaVine came out of the gates firing this season and he ended up posting a career high 23.7 points per game on 46.7% from the field, 37.4% from the 3-point line and 83.2% from the charity stripe. He should be able to replicate this season, to a degree, next season, depending on who the Bulls draft. He could see a slight decline in usage with a full season of Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
April 10, 2019, 10:55 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen battled through elbow and hip injuries, along with extreme fatigue at the end of the season which caused him to only play 52 games.
Despite only 52 games, Markkanen took a step forward in his second season averaging 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.3 3-pointers. He'll finish just outside the top-50 in 8-cat and just inside the top-50 in 9-cat. It looks like the Bulls have a special young player that should continue to grow his game.
April 10, 2019, 10:55 pmOtto Porter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls
Otto Porter Jr. played 56 games in 2018-19, but found success after his mid-season trade to the Bulls.
Porter was banged up all season with injuries including toe, personal, knee, quad, leg and shoulder, but still managed a good fantasy season. On the season as a whole, he finished in the top-60 in 8-cat and top-40 in 9-cat, but those jump up to 36 and 30 when only looking at his time on the Bulls. He played only 15 games in Chicago, but his scoring skyrocketed up to over 17 points per game, compared to his 12.6 points per game with Washington this season. His percentages also shot up, so while he's likely due for some regression, a change of scenery away from the toxicity that is the Wizards could have helped Porter raise his play. He should be locked into over 30 minutes per game as the starting small forward next season.
April 10, 2019, 10:45 pmWendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr.'s rookie season was cut short due to a left thumb injury.
Carter started in all 44 games that he played and ended up posting top-120 value in both 8 and 9-cat formats. He certainly looked like a rookie at times this season, but he also had his fair share of moments showing why he was a top-10 pick in the draft. Still only 19 years old, WCJ has a bright future ahead of him as a two-way center that can stretch the floor and pass.
April 10, 2019, 10:45 pmChandler Hutchison - F - Chicago Bulls
Chandler Hutchison played in 44 games in his rookie season, starting 14 of them, after suffering a sesamoid bone injury in his right foot in January that cut his season short.
Leading up to his injury, Hutchison had shown some flashes of why he was a first-round pick last June. He projects as a long, 3-and-D wing that will have trouble finding enough minutes to provide any fantasy value with the Bulls' mid-season acquisition of Otto Porter Jr. He only finished this season right around top-350 value in both 8 and 9-cat.
April 10, 2019, 10:44 pmRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Robin Lopez scored 12 points on 6-for-13 shooting in Wednesday's season finale defeat at the hands of the Sixers.
Things really opened up for Lopez once Wendell Carter Jr. went down around the All-Star break. He finished the final two months as a top-120 player and played the entire season at a top-215 value in 8 and 9-cat formats. He's almost guaranteed to find a new home next year, but unfortunately, it will likely come with fewer minutes.
April 10, 2019, 10:41 pmRyan Arcidiacono - G - Chicago Bulls
Ryan Arcidiacono played 30 minutes in Wednesday's season finale loss to the Sixers handing out six dimes and scoring 14 points.
Arcidiacono had a very under-the-radar season and took a significant leap forward. Granted he's nothing special, but from what he was as a player last year to this year is a major improvement. He finished the season hovering around top-200 value in 8 and 9-cat formats and was usable in standard leagues at times throughout the season.