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Wed. Oct 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibson will come off the bench, but will still be a focal part of the Bulls' offense and is likely to see most of the fourth quarter minutes at the four again this season, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports. "Taj was probably our best fourth-quarter player last year," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We're going to finish with the guys who give us the best chance to win. ... We have three guys that I know we can finish with. I'm going to ask them all to sacrifice."
Impact: It's also worth noting that Thibodeau said he didn't plan on ever using the jumbo lineup of Gibson, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, but considering there will be 96 minutes per game to divvy up between those three (and possibly Nikola Mirotic), they should all have fantasy value. Last season Gibson saw a career-high 28.7 minutes per game, which led to him being a pretty solid option, especially in deeper leagues. He has never averaged fewer than 1.3 blocks per game, and he has always averaged between 5.3 and 7.5 rebounds per game, so the floor is relatively high. However, the fact that as a big man he has never shot 50 percent from the field and is a career 68.6 percent free-throw shooter, there is also limited upside here.
Wed. Oct 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gasol will start for the Bulls this season, and should see plenty of minutes despite the presence of Taj Gibson off the bench, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports. "Pau is a worker," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We were talking about his experience with the Lakers and with Phil (Jackson), they didn't have very many days off. He played a lot of minutes, and that's what he is used to. He's used to 37 minutes a game."
Impact: It's also worth noting that Thibodeau said he didn't plan on ever using the jumbo lineup of Gasol, Gibson and Joakim Noah, but considering there will be 96 minutes per game to divvy up between those three (and possibly Nikola Mirotic), they should all have fantasy value. Thibodeau said his top three big men would all need to make sacrifices, but in reading the tea leaves, it seems Gasol's only sacrifice may be sitting at the end of games, as Thibodeau called Gibson the team's best fourth quarter player last season. Even if he doesn't play much in the fourth quarter, he should still approach 30-plus minutes per game, making him a worthwhile investment in fantasy leagues this season.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah (knee) practiced fully Tuesday, the ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Noah is recovering from offseason knee surgery and it's encouraging that he was a full participant in the first practice. The Bulls will likely keep a close eye on Noah during training camp to ensure he does not have any lingering issues.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dunleavy practiced with the first team Tuesday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Dunleavy is the leading candidate to start at shooting guard, but he may not play typical starters minutes. Doug McDermott, Tony Snell and even Kirk Hinrich will be pushing him for minutes at shooting guard. If McDermott adjusts well to the NBA and Dunleavy struggles at all, there is a chance Dunleavy could lose his starting job.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler (groin) said he would like to sign an extension with the Bulls and his agent continues to work with the team, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Butler and the Bulls have until October 31 to agree to an extension, but Butler has said he won't let the negotiations impact his play. He practiced Tuesday and appears to be fine after suffering a strained groin in July.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Noah (knee) hopes that he's unlimited during training camp following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on May 1. "It's going to be a grueling season," he said Monday. "This is the first time I've had surgery on my knee. I'm hoping there are no limitations."
Impact: If the Bulls' training staff deems that Noah should follow a cautious route, the offseason exchange of Pau Gasol for Carlos Boozer should take some of the burden off the Florida product to log his typical run. In back-to-back All-Star campaigns, Noah logged 5,865 combined minutes across 163 games between the regular season and playoffs, good for 36.0 per game during the last two years. Thus, a modest decrease could come to pass in the early going, making him a risky proposition for fantasy endeavors.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rose will play without restrictions this season, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Rose has been adamant throughout the summer that he's ready to accept a full workload when the season begins, and coach Tom Thibodeau said Monday that Rose will not be limited. The pair worked together with Team USA at the FIBA World Cup, where Rose showed flashes of his old self. Thibodeau said that the team will monitor Rose's health, but he expects the former MVP to play through any lingering rust.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Tom Thibodeau implied Monday that McDermott may not be a part of the Bulls' nightly rotation, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Speaking on both McDermott and fellow-rookie Nikola Mirotic, Thibodeau said, "there will be a period of adjustment" and that championship teams don't often have two rookies in the rotation. The implication is that both players will need to work their way into the consistent rotation, as Chicago is already deep at both forward spots. McDermott, who played four years at Creighton, may be more NBA-ready than most prospects, but he'll have to beat out veterans Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy for playing time, which won't be an easy task.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mirotic will require "a period of adjustment," according to coach Tom Thibodeau, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: At Monday's media day, Thibs told reporters that championship teams don't often have multiple rookies in the rotation, implying that both Mirotic and Doug McDermott could be on the outside looking in as the season begins. Mirotic is a proven commodity overseas, and one of the top European prospects in recent memory, but it appears as though Thibodeau does not plan to throw him into the fire right away. The Bulls are plenty deep in the frontcourt, so using Mirotic in a reserve role as he adjusts to life in the NBA may be in the best interest of both he and the Bulls.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones signed a training camp deal with the Bulls, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Jones was waived by the Magic in January after playing in 11 games for them. He avaraged a meager 1.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.2 assists, and no steals in eight minutes per game. There's a low chance Jones makes the team after playing in a total of only 13 games the past two seasons, so he was most likely brought in just as an extra camp body.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hansbrough signed a training camp deal with the Bulls, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Hansbrough, known mostly as the brother of Raptors' forward Tyler Hansbrough, was brought in on a camp deal Friday. He played in Spain last season, and the last time he saw NBA action was in 2012 as a part of the Pacers. He's most likely not much more than a camp body, and is on the outside looking in for getting a roster spot post training camp.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: English signed a training camp deal with the Bulls, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: A 6-6 guard out of Missouri, English was out of the NBA last season, as he played in leagues in both Italy and France. The last taste of the NBA he had was a short stint in 2012 with the Pistons. It's fairly unlikely that English will make the Bulls' roster come the start of the season, so he was most likely brought in as a camp body.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mohammed re-signed with the Bulls on Monday.
Impact: Mohammed, who contemplated retirement this summer, will return for his 17th NBA season and third with the Bulls. He appeared in 80 games last season, seeing nearly all of his minutes in garbage time. Despite losing Carlos Boozer, the Bulls gained frontcourt depth overall this offseason, so Mohammed should slot into a similar role as a veteran defender and positive locker room presence.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Bulls say they have re-signed veteran center Nazr Mohammed.
Impact: The deal was announced Monday. Terms were not disclosed. A 16-year veteran, Mohammed spent the past two seasons with Chicago. He appeared in 80 games last year and averaged and averaged 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chicago Bulls have signed Moore. The team didn't announce contract terms Thursday.
Impact: Moore, 6-5 and 191 pounds, played in 79 games with the Magic last season, averaging 6.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. He shot 43 percent from the field. He was with Orlando for two seasons and the Boston Celtics for one season. Boston drafted him in 2011 out of Purdue. Moore is from East Chicago, Indiana.