January 20, 2019, 1:04 amLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points on 7-of-19 shooting (including four threes) with nine rebounds, two steals and one block over 34 minutes in the Bulls' 117-103 loss to the Heat on Saturday.
Markkanen was a tough luck draft pick this season but as chance would have it he has a clear run at top-50 value or more.
January 20, 2019, 1:02 amRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Robin Lopez scored five points on 2-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds and a 3-pointer over 21 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Heat.
Lopez will probably be better than this if he gets a consistent 20 mpg but there's not enough going on here for an add unless you're truly desperate for a center.
January 20, 2019, 1:00 amKris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn scored six points on 3-of-14 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and two steals over 33 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Heat.
Dunn had a top-50 stretch that last a month go south about a week ago, and it's totally tanked his numbers in a small sample of 20 games this season. His 37.2 percent shooting over the last seven games is the unsurprising culprit, but aside from the realities of the Jim Boylen Bulls it would be really surprising to see him fall out of mid-round production. This is a really nice buy low window.
January 20, 2019, 12:55 amBobby Portis - F - Chicago Bulls
Bobby Portis scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Heat.
Portis is set for a nice second half of the season and could surpass top-75 numbers in a fairly modest upside scenario. He's an easy must-add player if that somehow slipped under the radar in your league.
January 19, 2019, 1:16 pmRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Robin Lopez said he will start at center in Saturday's game against the Heat.
Look for Lopez to have a nice showcase game and he matches up well with Hassan Whiteside so there is that, too. With Wendell Carter Jr. getting knocked out for a long time, it's possible that Lopez carries some value until he's traded but otherwise you already know that it's going to be the Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis show.
Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter
January 18, 2019, 4:50 pmRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that despite Wendell Carter Jr.’s (left thumb) extended absence, the Bulls haven’t changed direction on trying to trade Robin Lopez.
If Lopez is traded, that would leave Cristiano Felicio as the lone true center on the Bulls’ roster. If that ends up being the case it’s still hard to see Felicio getting minutes in the 30s and considering his skill-set isn’t that fantasy friendly, he would probably be only usable in deep leagues. It’s also possible the Bulls bring in a G-League player to soak up some of the minutes or just play more small-ball with Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen getting more run at the five.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
January 18, 2019, 4:41 pmWendell Carter Jr. - C/F - Chicago Bulls
A recent blurb on the Bulls’ website informs us that Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb) was examined by hand specialists, Drs. John Fernandez and Mark Cohen, and that their recommendation for surgery would leave Carter Jr. out of commission for 8-to-12 weeks.
To be clear, the Bulls aren’t announcing his surgery only what the rehab time would be if performed. While it’s still possible WCJ gets a second opinion, the Bulls are tanking and have no reason to keep him out there so the writing may be on the wall. Make sure Bobby Portis isn’t floating around on any waivers.
January 18, 2019, 3:43 pmWendell Carter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls
Bulls insider K.C. Johnson reported that a new MRI revealed ligament damage to Wendell Carter Jr.’s thumb that may need surgery.
The first specialist Carter Jr. saw is recommending surgery but it’s still possible that he sees an additional specialist for another opinion according to Johnson. Either way, it doesn’t look like WCJ will be back anytime soon which makes Bobby Portis a must add. Additionally, Robin Lopez’s backup role seems a bit more secure while Jabari Parker might actually stick in the rotation with Portis getting more run at center.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
January 18, 2019, 3:33 pmShaquille Harrison - G - Chicago Bulls
Shaquille Harrison, who is dealing with the flu, did not practice on Friday.
The Bulls’ next game is on Saturday so we should get an update before tip-off. If Harrison isn’t able to play look for Ryan Arcidiacono to get most of the backup point guard minutes.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
January 17, 2019, 11:21 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen logged only 25 minutes on Thursday night but still managed 27 points, 10 rebounds and five 3-pointers.
Markkanen hit 10-of-18 from the field and was the only truly productive Bull on the night. It was tough to remain patient when Markkanen was shelved at the beginning of the year but he's been well worth the wait, returning top-65 value in his 22 games. He's one of the safer Bulls to use the rest of the way and the only real risk (besides injuries) is that he loses minutes in blowouts. As tonight showed, even that may not slow him down every time.
January 17, 2019, 11:18 pmBobby Portis - F - Chicago Bulls
Bobby Portis moved into the starting five on Thursday and delivered 10 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 4-of-13 shooting against the Nuggets.
Portis is now 5-for-24 over his last two games, but that's more of an unfortunate anomaly than anything. He's likely to start at center for as long as Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained thumb) is out, but it's possible that WCJ returns as early as Saturday. Still, Portis is worth a spot in most 12-team leagues given his potential the rest of the way. The Bulls should clear minutes in the frontcourt rotation and top-120 numbers seem like a safe bet once he gets that consistent playing time.
January 17, 2019, 11:15 pmRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Robin Lopez tied his season-high with 17 points on Thursday night, going 8-of-10 from the floor with six rebounds and a block in 19 minutes.
Not a bad night of work from Lopez, but he's just riding out his days with the Bulls before something happens around the deadline. He's a longshot to hold serious value the rest of the way but he can offer up efficient scoring, rebounds and blocks even in limited minutes. Deep-league owners can take note.
January 17, 2019, 11:13 pmJabari Parker - F - Chicago Bulls
Jabari Parker played 18 minutes in Thursday's loss, scoring 15 points with three rebounds, two assists, two threes and a block.
Parker's averaged 18 mpg in his last three and has double digit points in each, so we'll see if he can keep it up. There's some very bottom-barrel appeal in his empty scoring, but the ideal play is to sell-high (if you can call this, or whatever Parker is about to do, 'high') on some poor sap before the bottom drops out again.
January 17, 2019, 11:11 pmZach LaVine - G - Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine shot 4-for-15 in Thursday's blowout loss to the Nuggets, totaling eight points, five rebounds and six assists in 29 minutes.
Well, at least he played a lot despite the lopsided scoreboard? Kris Dunn wasn't much better with six points and three assists in 30 minutes. Flush this one and move on.
January 17, 2019, 7:35 pmBobby Portis - F - Chicago Bulls
Bobby Portis will start at center on Thursday, replacing the injured Wendell Carter Jr.
Carter's sprained thumb isn't as serious as initially expected and he's hoping to play on Saturday, so this could be a short one-game thing for Portis. That said, his minutes are likely to tick up in the second half of the year and we like him as a late-round guy the rest of the way. Don't react too much one way or another to tonight's results, as he gets promoted for a date with Nikola Jokic. It's a tough spot to say the least.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter