Player News - Bulls

Date: Team: Pos:

The Bulls have signed F JaKarr Sampson to a training camp deal, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.

Sampson appeared in 22 games for the Kings last season, averaging 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per contest. He will likely spend most of the 2018-19 season in the G-League, and can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Sep 14 - 12:42 PM

Zach LaVine said he's feeling good and is shooting to make his first All-Star team this season.

"I got my speed back, my jumping back," LaVine said. "Once you get off an ACL injury, you’re lifting and eating. So I got up to, like, 210 pounds... I got back down to the weight I need to be at [185 pounds], but still I feel strong. I feel really good, man. I’m excited for the season." LaVine could bounce-back in a big way this year, making him an intriguing mid-round target.
Source: SLAM
Sep 10 - 4:01 PM

Bulls associate head coach Jim Boylen dismissed reports that the team wasn't pleased with Kris Dunn's offseason workout regimen.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported in June that due to concerns about Dunn's offseason effort, "the idea of the Bulls selecting a point guard in the NBA Draft ... is back in play." They ultimately drafted Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison, of course, which undermines any perceived discontent with Dunn. "I don’t know how that [rumor] got generated," Boylen said. "[Dunn] has always done everything we’ve asked him to do." Dunn's turf-toe injury has had plenty of time to heal and he heads into training camp as the clear-cut starting PG.
Aug 29 - 8:36 PM

Lauri Markkanen will not suit up for Team Finland at the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers in September.

Markkanen said it's been an honor representing his country, but with the World Cup Qualifiers being around the same time as training camp, the timing just won't work for him. He's been working to add some muscle to his frame this summer, and he should be able to take another big leap in his development during Year-2. He'll make for an intriguing mid-round selection on draft day.
Source: Euro Hoops
Aug 24 - 10:53 AM

Derrick Walton Jr. has signed a contract with the Bulls.

As per usual, the terms of the deal were not disclosed in Chicago's presser, but this is likely just a camp invite. Walton Jr. will have to beat out Ryan Arcidiacono for the third-string point guard position at training camp, but even if he makes the team, he won't hold any fantasy value this season.
Source: NBA
Aug 14 - 3:10 PM

Derrick Walton Jr. intends to sign a contract with the Bulls, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Walton played on a two-way contract with the Heat last season. He only saw limited minutes over 16 games for Miami, but played well in the G-League, averaging 16.1 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
Aug 10 - 10:35 AM

With the signing of Jabari Parker, Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg may occasionally use Bobby Portis at the five in smaller lineups.

Despite Parker, who agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal this summer, being better suited for the power forward position the plan is for him to start at the three. And that could lead to Portis (or Lauri Markkanen) seeing some time at the center position as Hoiberg looks to put a more versatile lineup on the court. "Jabari gives us another versatile player to put in our frontcourt," Portis told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. "We can have mismatches all over the floor." Portis, who's entering the final guaranteed season of his rookie deal, expects to resume contract talks with the team "in the next week or so."
Aug 5 - 10:00 AM

Lauri Markkanen says he has bulked up this summer, adding 14 pounds to his frame.

Markkanen dealt with a few minor injuries last season, missing a total of 14 games. Hopefully, adding weight will help him avoid minor dings. "I just know I feel good," said Markkanen. "I’ve put on about 14 pounds. In general, I feel stronger. Hopefully, I can keep this weight up and play with it because I feel it will help my game." Markkanen also said he is excited to play alongside new additions Wendell Carter Jr. and Jabari Parker.
Aug 4 - 10:49 AM

Ryan Arcidiacono will sign a partially-guaranteed, one-year deal to re-sign with the Bulls, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

He didn't impress too much in Las Vegas while Antonio Blakeney was one of the better perimeter scorers to earn a deal with the Bulls. Arcidiacono isn't a lock to make the roster next season.
Jul 28 - 6:17 PM

The Bulls have claimed G Antonius Cleveland off waivers.

Chicago will award Cleveland a multi-year deal and he'll provide some emergency depth at the two-spot for the Bulls. He won't be a factor in the rotation, though.
Jul 23 - 5:07 PM

Rawle Alkins has signed a two-way contract with the Bulls.

Alkins will provide the Bulls with some emergency depth at the two-spot, but he'll spend a majority of the 2018-19 season in the G-League.
Jul 22 - 3:22 PM

Zach LaVine said he wants to be the top option on the Bulls this season.

He mentioned he has worked too hard to be second fiddle, but there's nothing wrong with that. LaVine said that a lot of the guys on the team probably want to be the top option, but he added that he thinks it’s good for the team that they all are striving to be the best. His defense is another story, but last year his offense was not very good at just 35th percentile overall (Synergy). His usage rate did rise to No. 1 option levels at 29.6 in 2017-18 from just 21.8 in 2016-17 with the Wolves, so potentially LaVine could score a bunch on this up-tempo team.
Jul 21 - 3:00 PM

The Hawks have waived Antonius Cleveland.

He had an average summer league, so the Hawks decided to cut him loose because they needed to waive someone after their recent trade. If Cleveland signs with another team it'll be his third since his debut last November. Even if he does get signed, he's a fantasy nonfactor.
Jul 21 - 12:51 PM

Julyan Stone has signed with Reyer Venezia and will return to Italy.

After another stint in the league with the Hornets and then being traded and waived by the Bulls, he's headed back overseas. During Stone's last tenure in Italy, he helped Reyer win a Serie A championship in 2016-17. He could never really get much going in the leauge, only averaging 0.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 7.6 minutes per game.
Jul 21 - 11:29 AM

The Bulls are expected to sign Antonio Blakeney on Thursday.

Blakeney lit it up at Summer League for Chicago, posting averages of 21.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and his impressive play earned him a regular-season roster spot with the club. His contract is expected to be a one-year deal for the minimum. As for fantasy hoops, Blakeney will be a non-factor while the team is at full strength.
Jul 18 - 1:56 PM


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