Player News - Bulls

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Robin Lopez said he realizes that his role with the Bulls also includes "off-the-court things."

"We’ve had a great vibe and work ethic for most of this season," Lopez said. With the Bulls headed towards a youth movement, Lopez is fully expected to see his playing time drop. Chances are Lopez is one of the worst players on your team already, so most owners may just want to drop him now.
Feb 15 - 4:59 PM

Justin Holiday said he's OK with how the team addresses his minutes after the break.

"I have to see when that time comes what they decide," Holiday said. "They’re employers. They make the calls. I just do my job when I’m called upon." The Bulls have suggested they are going to play their younger guys more after the break, which means Holiday could creep into the 20s for minutes. He's still worth owning in most leagues, but it's very likely his best days are behind him this season.
Feb 15 - 4:54 PM

Kris Dunn (concussion) was back in action on Wednesday, posting eight points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in a loss the Raptors.

Dunn played exactly 20 minutes, which was his limit, making 3-of-9 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws. There should be some rust after the All-Star break, but it won't take long for Dunn to regain must-start status. For what it's worth, Dunn said he felt "pretty good" after tonight's game and is hopeful that he won't have a minute-limit going forward.
Feb 14 - 11:57 PM

Jerian Grant shifted to the bench with Kris Dunn (concussion) active on Wednesday, putting up six points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes.

Grant dished out six assists in the first quarter before his teammates cooled off and Toronto's defense stepped up their effort. He had some hot stretches while Dunn was out of commission, but most owners should search for a safer option on the wire.
Feb 14 - 11:56 PM

Noah Vonleh made his Bulls debut on Wednesday with three points and four rebounds in six minutes.

This was a garbage-time special with all of Vonleh's minutes coming in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss. Chicago is going to play their young guys more after the break, though, so Vonleh is at least worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues.
Feb 14 - 11:55 PM

Kris Dunn (concussion) will play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

Dunn hasn't played since initially suffering a concussion back on January 17th, but cleared concussion protocol last week and will return to game action Wednesday night. Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Dunn will start and play around 20 minutes. Dunn told reporters that he will play in the Rising Stars Game on Friday if he "feels good" after Wednesday night. Jerian Grant can be sent back to the waiver wire now that Dunn has returned.
Feb 14 - 12:51 PM

Kris Dunn will be a game-time decision vs. the Raptors on Wednesday.

Dunn has cleared the concussion protocol and is working to regain his conditioning. If the Bulls do let him get his feet wet before the All-Star break, coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed he'll be on a minute-limit. If you're considering Dunn or Jerian Grant, check for updates Wednesday evening.
Feb 13 - 5:21 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Kris Dunn (concussion) will practice Tuesday but his status for Wednesday's game vs. Toronto is uncertain.

Dunn hasn't played since initially suffering a concussion back on January 17th. However, he's cleared the concussion protocol and is now simply working on getting into game shape. Hoiberg said that if Dunn did play Wednesday, he would be on a minutes limit. The good news is that Dunn should be ready to rock once the Bulls return from the All-Star break next week. Go grab him now if he's still floating around your league's waiver wire.
Feb 13 - 1:12 PM

Bobby Portis hit 8-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes on Monday.

Lauri Markkanen also played very well for the Bulls and Portis has been shooting it much better, knocking down 25-of-55 shots over his last four games, good for 45 percent. He's scored in double figures in five straight games and has double-doubles in two of those, but has only blocked one shot over that stretch. Portis avoided a suspension after a hard hit on Tomas Satoransky on Saturday and is worth owning right now.
Feb 12 - 11:13 PM

Zach LaVine returned from a rest day and hit 7-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal in 33 minutes of Monday's 105-101 win over the Magic.

LaVine has been a mini-monster since making his return from his knee injury, but owners who were patient in waiting for his debut this season have been rewarded handsomely. Congratulations if you weathered the storm with LaVine.
Feb 12 - 11:09 PM

Jerian Grant hit 6-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, six boards, seven assists, a steal and a block in 37 minutes of Monday's 105-101 win over the Magic.

Grant is kind of killing it right now, averaging 12.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.4 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting over his last five games, but Kris Dunn is on his way back from a concussion and the Bulls plan on giving Cameron Payne some run. And when those two things happen, Grant will certainly be taking a hit.
Feb 12 - 11:05 PM

Lauri Markkanen hit 9-of-19 shots, but missed all six of his 3-point attempts for 21 points, eight rebounds and a block in 31 minutes on Monday.

Had his threes been falling his line would have been scary, but this was just the fifth time all season that he failed to sink one from beyond the arc. Markkanen should continue to roll for the Bulls, especially with Niko Mirotic out of his way.
Feb 12 - 11:02 PM

Kris Dunn will not play on Monday vs. the Magic.

He cleared the concussion protocol a few days ago, but he hasn't played since Jan. 17. The Bulls probably want him to get his conditioning up before clearing him for game action, and he's scheduled to practice in the G-League on Monday afternoon. Jerian Grant's window for fantasy value is closing.
Feb 12 - 12:54 PM

Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points with 10 rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Wizards during a 101-90 loss to the Wizards on Saturday.

Maybe he's a little rusty after missing a week, but Markkanen has struggled on back-to-back sets. Compared to days with rest, Markkanen's scoring and rebounding are noticeably worse when he's on a back-to-back. He'll be outstanding the rest of the way, but DFS players may want to file this note away for the next B2B.
Feb 10 - 11:38 PM

Denzel Valentine made a spot start against the Wizards on Saturday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Zach LaVine resting today moved Valentine into the first unit for this loss. Valentine has also slightly benefitted from Kris Dunn (concussion) missing time, but Dunn is finally starting to get close to a return. Valentine is only worth owning in deeper leagues.
Feb 10 - 11:35 PM


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