Ethan and Neil discuss the Chicago Bulls roster and the NBA draft results.
June 24, 2019, 3:51 pmWayne SeldenSG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls will not extend a qualifying offer to Wayne Selden, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Selden got a lot of playing time towards the end of the year given Chicago's injuries and shutdowns, and his showing there might get him some interest on the open market. Teams could do a lot worse as far as cheap wing depth goes.
Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter
June 24, 2019, 3:45 pmRyan ArcidiaconoPG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls will make Ryan Arcidiacono a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying offer.
Arcidiacono is coming off a season where he finished around the top-200 in terms of fantasy value, though that largely occurred as a result of injuries to Chicago's other guards. With Coby White and Kris Dunn ahead of him on the depth chart, Arcidiacono has some serious impediments to minutes. A new home might be the best for his fantasy outlook, but the Bulls obviously value having him around as insurance.
Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter
June 20, 2019, 3:34 pmRobin LopezC, Chicago Bulls
Robin Lopez is unlikely to return to the Bulls next season, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Lopez was looking for a buyout last season but Chicago held onto him to help establish a positive culture, and the big man ended up playing a healthy amount down the stretch. Lopez will have no shortage of suitors on the open market as a quality player who won't break the bank. He's unlikely to hold much fantasy value, however, while Wendell Carter Jr. should be looking at big minutes for the Bulls.
Source: Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2019, 8:08 pmZach LaVineG, Chicago Bulls
Front offices around the league believe that the Bulls are open to trades for 'anybody or anything' on their roster aside from Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. according to Darnell Mayberry of the Athletic.
This would be quite a departure from the stance John Paxson publicly made last month in which he indicated that the Bulls felt comfortable with virtually all of their positions aside from PG. Of the bunch that figures to be available, Zach LaVine stands out as having the most potential value. Given his youth and recent success shooting the ball this past season, we'd peg it as less than likely that he gets traded, even if his name is floated around for potential deals.
Source: The Athletic
May 16, 2019, 12:48 pmKris DunnG, 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 AnthonyF, 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 AsikC, 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 MarkkanenF, 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 DunnG, 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 LaVineG, 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 MarkkanenF, 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.
The Bulls were supposed to take a step forward with their young core. A lot of teams are supposed to do a lot of things...