October 20, 2020, 9:22 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports is reporting that the Bulls may be trying to move up in the draft with their sights set on a prospect who could offer immediate help.
Arturus Karnisovas is clearly working on a fresh start for the Bulls, already hiring Billy Donovan as coach and Marc Eversley as general manager, and he could also look to shake up the roster. Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards, Memphis center James Wiseman and well-traveled point guard LaMelo Ball are expected to be the top three players chosen in the upcoming draft, but after that, it’s anyone’s guess. The Wolves and the Warriors are also may be looking to trade down so it remains to be seen whether a deal is there for the Bulls.
Source: NBC Sports
September 30, 2020, 5:32 pmKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
New Bulls GM Marc Eversley told the media that Kris Dunn didn't participate in the Bulls' minicamp because he is still "not healthy" as he continues to recover from an MCL injury that he suffered on January 31.
Dunn is a restricted free agent this offseason and definitely improved his stock in 2019-20 by proving that he can play multiple positions on the court and does not need to be pigeon-holed into the point guard position. He should garner some interest around the league and it will be interesting to see how much money the Bulls' new management is willing to invest in the 26-year-old.
Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter
September 28, 2020, 5:49 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen has indicated his plan is to remain in Chicago long term, although hasn't hinted on whether he would like an extension at this point, per Cody Westerlund.
Markkanen is coming off what was a disappointing season for the Bulls but has affirmed his wishes to remain in the Windy City. He struggled to find his rhythm under former head coach Jim Boylen and along with injury, he presented as one of the more frustrating fantasy players last season. Markkanen has made it clear he is out to prove people wrong and that his personal expectations are at an all-time high. He appears happy with the decision to hire Billy Donovan and should he be overlooked in drafts, Markkanen could be a solid value-play across many formats.
Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter
September 26, 2020, 1:03 pmMontrezl HarrellPF, Los Angeles Clippers
According to Sam Amico of Sports Illustrated, the Mavs are expected to have interest in Montrezl Harrell this offseason, as will the Raptors, Bulls and Knicks.
The Clippers, as has been reported elsewhere already, are also expected to be interested in continuing their current relationship with Harrell. The bubble was generally unkind to the Sixth Man of the Year as he was repeatedly attacked on defense, but his energy and efficient offensive game are standout facets. It should also be noted that Harrell missed a huge chunk of the Orlando session while away for personal matters and may not have been operating at full strength. One thing is for certain, however — even with a poor postseason showing, Harrell's due for a big raise over last season's $6 million salary.
Source: Sports Illustrated
September 22, 2020, 6:05 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
Billy Donovan has agreed to a deal to become the next head coach of the Bulls, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Five weeks after firing Jom Boylen, the Bulls have wasted no time picking up Donovan who recently parted ways with the Thunder. Donovan had been highly sought after by many teams and his decision to head to Chicago speaks volumes in regards to their young core. After a string of questionable front office moves, this is certainly a positive for a team that has struggled to find success in recent years.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 22, 2020, 8:55 amWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are narrowing to finalists for their head coaching job, with Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., Sixers assistant Ime Udoka, Bucks assistant Darvin Ham and former Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson among the coaches who have had strong interviews so far.
Atkinson has a more proven resume after what he did in Brooklyn, but the other three are top assistants who have earned their shot in the big chair. This is undoubtedly a great opening for a young Bulls team that has quality young talent on the roster with Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White and Wendell Carter. The Bulls are expected to conduct the final round of interviews in the next few days and a hire looks more and more imminent.
Source: The Athletic
September 21, 2020, 7:14 pmKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn has elected to sit out the Bulls' upcoming three-week voluntary offseason program.
This comes as no surprise given Dunn's upcoming free-agency. His 2019-20 season ended prematurely due to a knee injury and while he appears to be fully recovered, he does not want to risk injury before deciding on a team for next season. Dunn remains one of the elite on-ball defenders in the league and is sure to warrant the attention of multiple teams over the coming months. He finished the season as a top-90 asset in 9-cat formats and should he land in a favorable situation, he could make for a sneaky late-round flyer type.
Source: NBC Sports
September 21, 2020, 12:49 pmCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have narrowed their coaching search and will conduct final interviews soon, with Denver's Wes Unseld Jr., Philadelphia's Ime Udoka, Milwaukee's Darvin Ham and former Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson making up the final four.
While the Bulls reportedly have not made a final decision yet, it should be noted that Vegas odds have shifted heavily in Unseld's favor recently. This is on top of the Chicago Sun-Times report that momentum within the Bulls for selecting Unseld has grown considerably as the Nuggets dispatched the Clippers. At this point it should be safe to consider the Nuggets' assistant the favorite to take over in Chicago.
Source: The Athletic
September 15, 2020, 6:22 pmCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White was selected to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie Second Team on Tuesday, joining Tyler Herro, Terence Davis, P.J. Washington and Rui Hachimura.
After a strong finish to the season, White certainly deserved his selection, joining a host of other impressive rookies on the All-Rookie Second Team. Herro was unlucky not to be named to the First Team, falling short by only one vote. There were a number of rookies who just missed out on selection including R.J. Barrett, Matisse Thybulle, Darius Garland, De'Andre Hunter and Michael Porter Jr.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 1, 2020, 9:09 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Bulls were granted permission to speak with several assistants for the franchise's head coaching job and interviews with candidates are well underway, including former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson.
Bulls VP of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas and GM Marc Eversley are expected to interview several assistant coaches still involved in the playoffs, including Milwaukee's Darvin Ham, Denver's Wes Unseld Jr. and Miami's Dan Craig. For now, Chicago will have meetings with other assistant coaches whose teams have already been eliminated, including Mavs deputies Jamahl Mosley and Stephen Silas, Ime Udoka from the Sixers and Wolves associate head coach David Vanterpool. The team is also interviewing current assistant Chris Fleming and could also meet with assistant Roy Rogers, both remaining from former coach Jim Boylen's staff. This is undoubtedly a broad search while the coaching job itself is very attractive due to a solid core of young talent, including Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, guard Coby White and center Wendell Carter.
August 14, 2020, 12:12 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Bulls fired Jim Boylen on Friday and will need to find a new coach prior to the start of next season.
The new front office for the Bulls took their time in determining if they would like to stay with Boylen or if they wanted to move in a new direction. Boylen went 39-84 in his tenure with the Bulls across two partial seasons and received plenty of criticism from the media as well as fans for his approach. The team has some intriguing young talent in Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, Colby White, Kris Dunn, Chandler Hutchison, Denzel Valentine and Daniel Gafford as well as two young veterans in Otto Porter Jr. and Zach LaVine. Whoever they decide to hire will look to take the Bulls to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 8, 2020, 1:37 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are in no rush to determine Jim Boylen's future according to ESPN.com.
It was reported in April that several executives believed Jim Boylen's time was up as head coach of the Bulls after they hired a new VP and GM but now there are reports saying that he might stay for financial reasons alone. Either way, the new management will take its time making a decision and apparently want to first see how he communicates with his team and learn about his staff, especially with many possible candidates currently in the Orlando bubble.
July 24, 2020, 12:33 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
SNY's Ian Begley reports that the Knicks and Nets are among the teams that have done background work on a potential Zach LaVine trade.
To be clear, this is in preparation for the scenario where LaVine makes it clear to the Bulls that he's not happy with the team and would not re-sign. If it becomes public that LaVine would prefer a trade, expect a long line of teams to form with trade offers. We're a long ways off from any of that happening, but the new front office in Chicago is going to have to show progress or risk losing its young star. As for the Knicks, they're loaded with first-round picks and are desperate to attract star-level talent, so it's not surprising that they'd be turning over every rock in search of a player like LaVine. Brooklyn's situation would be far more complex, as a top-heavy roster might not leave them with enough to trade for an All-Star caliber guy. Expect the rumor mill to heat up if the Bulls still look lost next season.
July 8, 2020, 3:12 pmDenzel ValentineSF, Chicago Bulls
Denzel Valentine managed top-300 value in 8-category leagues over the course of the season while battling injuries and low usage.
After playing 27.2 minutes per game in 2017-18, he missed all of the 2018-19 season and got just 13.6 minutes in 2019-20. Valentine averaged 6.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.7 steals. His three-point shooting suffered, falling to 33.6 percent. Valentine did have a good run at the end, scoring 13.0 points per game over his final five appearances. However, he's not someone to target in standard leagues next season.
July 8, 2020, 2:57 pmCoby WhitePG, Chicago Bulls
Coby White held top-140 value in 8-category leagues while ending the season with averages of 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
White had some dreadful shooting nights along the way but opened some eyes by scoring 33 or more points during three consecutive games in February. Despite shooting 39.4 percent from the field overall, he made over 43 percent of shot attempts in February and March. He also hit 35.4 percent of threes for the season while sinking two of them per contest. White definitely looked more like the seventh overall pick near the end of 2019-20 and the potential for more fantasy production is certainly there.