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Chicago Bulls Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Taj Gibson, PF11/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle on Friday for a third time since last spring.
Insight: Gibson will likely sit out longer with this sprain because the same injury keeps reoccuring. Gibson said he wants to be out there and play, but it is a long season and that he needs to rest and get healthy. That could help the value of Nikola Mirotic, who posted 24 points and 11 rebounds replacing Gibson on Friday, but Pau Gasol will play in front of Mirotic once he is healthy.
Nikola Mirotic, F11/22/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic replaced the injured Taj Gibson on Friday and scored a career-high 24 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Insight: This makes Mirotic the hottest add in fantasy at the moment, but Gibson's X-rays were negative on his ankle, so do not get too hyped up because Mirotic's minutes aren't guaranteed. Mirotic would still be a nice add in standard leagues as long as owners don't drop a player of need.
Joakim Noah, C11/21/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah contributed in all areas Thursday night with 10 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block.
Insight: With Pau Gasol and Derrick Rose sidelined we expected a bit more scoring, but he still came through despite playing most of the fourth quarter with five fouls.
Jimmy Butler, G/F11/21/2014 9:20:00 AM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler was called upon to score with Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol out of the lineup posting 23 points and eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
Insight: Butler led the team with 18 shot attempts. He's a solid young guard who keeps getting better, but sometimes gets lost on this talented Bulls team.
Taj Gibson, PFHot11/20/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson will start for injured Pau Gasol again Thursday and is in line for big numbers.
Insight: Gibson scored 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, a steal and two blocks Monday in 41 minutes and could easily duplicate, or better, those totals.
Pau Gasol, PF/C11/20/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol (calf) will not play Thursday against the Sacramento.
Insight: Gasol could miss Friday in Portland as well. Taj Gibson will see extended action and is a very nice fantasy option.
Derrick Rose, G11/20/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (hamstring) will miss his third consecutive game Thursday.
Insight: This is extremely frustrating for owners, but for now consider Rose day-to-day. He's played well when out there averaging 18 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.0 spg, but he's been in and out of the lineup. Expect this pattern to continue all season.
Joakim Noah, C11/18/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah had 11 points and 16 rebounds in Monday's loss to the Clippers.
Insight: Pau Gasol was sidelined and Noah dominated the board for the Bulls, but didn't do much offensively.
Jimmy Butler, G/F11/18/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler was all over the box score, posting 22 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
Insight: Butler didn't shoot particularly well, but with Derrick Rose out of the lineup saw plenty of opportunities and took 17 shots.
Taj Gibson, PF11/18/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson started for injured Pau Gasol and posted solid fantasy numbers.
Insight: Gibson scored 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, a steal and two blocks.
Pau Gasol, PF/C11/17/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol (calf) will not play Monday against the Clippers.
Insight: Gasol was probable, but owners should not take Bulls' player status' seriously, as Derrick Rose has been listed as probable a few times, only to be declared inactive. Consider Gasol day-to-day, and in the meantime, Taj Gibson will see extended action.
Derrick Rose, G11/17/2014 2:40:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (hamstring) did not play Saturday and according to Chicago Bulls beat reporter Nick Friedell is out Monday too.
Insight: This is extremely frustrating for owners, but for now consider Rose day-to-day. He's played well when out there averaging 18 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.0 spg.
Derrick Rose, G11/17/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (hamstring) did not play Saturday and is questionable for Monday's game against the LA Clippers.
Insight: This is extremely frustrating for owners, but for now consider Rose day-to-day. He's played well when out there averaging 18 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.0 spg.
Jimmy Butler, G/F11/15/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 32 points Saturday in a loss against the Pacers.
Insight: Butler made 10 field goals and 11 free throws. He also had six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block.
Derrick Rose, G11/15/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (hamstring) will not play Saturday against the Pacers.
Insight: This is extremely frustrating for owners, but for now consider Rose day-to-day.
Jimmy Butler, G/F11/14/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler put together his best numbers of the season Thursday night against Toronto.
Insight: Butler did it all, shooting 7-of-10 from the field for 21 points with nine rebounds, six assists and a block. He has to share the offense with a lot of other talented players, but he is showing he can contribute in many categories.
Derrick Rose, G11/14/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose is doubtful for Saturday's game against Indiana due to a strained left hamstring.
Insight: It's always something with the NBA's No. 1 drama queen. He did play 30 minutes against Toronto as scored 20 points with three rebounds, four assists and five turnovers.
Derrick Rose, G11/13/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose shot only 5-of-14 from the field, but still had 20 points on Thursday.
Insight: He was 9-of-10 from the line, and also had four assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer, and five turnovers. Owners are just praying Rose can stay on the floor.
Pau Gasol, PF/C11/13/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol shot 12-of-19 from the field and posted a double-double in Thursday's victory over the Raptors.
Insight: He had 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks, and two turnovers. Gasol has fit in very well in Chicago.
Joakim Noah, C11/10/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah had 13 points and 14 rebounds in Monday's victory versus Detroit.
Insight: He also had six assists, but shot only 5-of-13 from the floor. However, owners can expect double-doubles often this season, for Noah.
Pau Gasol, PF/C11/10/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol recorded a double-double during Monday's win over the Pistons.
Insight: It was his fourth double-double of the season, as Gasol finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, four blocks, one steal, and one turnover. Now, that is filling a stat sheet.
Derrick Rose, G11/10/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose led the team in scoring, in his return to action.
Insight: He had 24 points, seven assists, two rebounds, one steal, and three turnovers. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Rose is looking like he will not suit up for every game.
Derrick Rose, G11/10/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose will start Monday against the Pistons.
Insight: Make sure he is locked and loaded in all lineups.
Kirk Hinrich, G11/10/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich could get another start after Derrick Rose missed the morning shootaround.
Insight: Rose (ankle) will be a game-time decision. As a starter Hinrich is averaging 10.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg.
Derrick Rose, G11/10/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (ankle) did not play Saturday against Boston and missed the Monday morning shootaround so is a game-time decision ... at best.
Insight: Kirk Hinrich will start in his place if Rose can't run. he's averaging 10.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg in six starts.
Joakim Noah, C11/9/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's loss to Boston.
Insight: Noah also had six assists, one steal, and three turnovers. Owners are hoping this gets Noah going from a scoring perspective, as he is averaging just 7.4 ppg early on.
Derrick Rose, G11/8/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (ankles) will not play Saturday against Boston.
Insight: Kirk Hinrich again will start in his place, and Rose should be considered questionable for Monday versus Detroit.
Jimmy Butler, G/F11/7/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 23 points and added seven rebounds and five assists on Friday against the 76ers.
Insight: Butler was 8-for-15 from the field and 6-for-6 at the free-throw line. He was a force on the offensive glass with four boards.
Mike Dunleavy, G/F11/7/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy made five 3-pointers, shooting 5-for-8 from behind the arc against the 76ers on Friday.
Insight: Dunleavy scored 27 points while shooting 9-of-15 from the field. Dunleavy's previous season-high in points was 13. He had three rebounds, three assists and a block.
Derrick Rose, G11/7/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose will not play on Friday against the 76ers according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Chicago normally doesn't rule out their players so soon, but Rose did not go through the team's shootaround on Friday. Kirki Hinrich gets a boost in fantasy value for Friday.
Joakim Noah, C11/7/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah (illness) did not play Tuesday or Wednesday, but he made it through the Friday morning shootaround.
Insight: Noah should be able to play and could be in line for a big game against the awful Sixers. On the other hand they Bulls can likely win this one without him so check back before game-time to be sure he's in the starting lineup.
Derrick Rose, G11/7/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (ankle) was a last-minute scratch on Tuesday and missed the Friday morning shootaround.
Insight: Given the they can beat the Sixers without him, he's at best a game-time decision. Kirk Kinrich would get the start if Rose doesn't play.
Pau Gasol, PF/C11/5/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol registered his third double-double of the season on Wednesday.
Insight: Gasol had 22 points and 14 rebounds against the Bucks. Chicago featured a very balanced attack with every starter scoring at least 12 points. The Bulls won, 95-86.
Taj Gibson, PF11/5/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson led the team with 23 points against the Bucks on Wednesday.
Insight: Gibson also had 10 rebounds to register a double-double. He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 5-of-9 at the line.
Pau Gasol, PF/C11/4/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol scored 16 points on Tuesday.
Insight: He also had 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks. Gasol has fit in nicely, but owners should not expect him to play the 41 minutes he played on Tuesday. Taj Gibson also chipped in 16 points.
Jimmy Butler, G/F11/4/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler played well in Tuesday's win over Orlando.
Insight: He had 21 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks, two turnovers, and was 7-of-11 from the line. Butler looked good, and should continue to produce.
Derrick Rose, G11/4/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous item, Bulls guard Derrick Rose (ankle) was a last-minute scratch on Tuesday.
Insight: He went through shootaround, and was declared part of the starting lineup. However, there must have been some sort of setback, as Rose will now, not suit up. Kirk Kinrich gets the start, and owners need to know that these adventures with Rose could last all season.
Derrick Rose, G11/4/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (ankle) is officially active Tuesday.
Insight: He is in Chicago's starting lineup, and fantasy owners need to make sure he is in their starting lineups.
Joakim Noah, C11/4/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah (illness) will not play Tuesday, and is questionable for Wednesday's game as well.
Insight: Owners, make sure you check back tomorrow, to get an update on Noah's status.
Derrick Rose, G11/4/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (ankle) sat out Saturday's game, but should be back for the next game on Tuesday.
Insight: Rose said he and the team are playing it conservatively this early in the season and he could have played Saturday. Fantasy owners will feel better when he starts playing 30 minutes or more per night.
Taj Gibson, PF11/4/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson (ankle) practiced Monday and should be ready to play Tuesday against Orlando.
Insight: Gibson is averaging 28 minutes a game despite all the talent the Bulls have up front and posting solid numbers - 16 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg.
Derrick Rose, G11/2/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (ankle) sat out Saturday's game, but should be back for the next game on Tuesday.
Insight: Rose said he and the team are playing it conservatively this early in the season. He's averaging 23 mpg through two games and fantasy owners will feel better when its 30 minutes or more.
Jimmy Butler, G/F11/2/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler led the team with 24 points as Chicago defeated Minnesota, 105-104, on Saturday.
Insight: Butler made 6-of-12 field goals and 11 free throws. He also grabbed four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.
Derrick Rose, G11/1/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Timberwolves.
Insight: The injury seems like it is minor, but Chicago will not take any chances. Questions will continue to persist however, if Rose continues to miss games throughout the season. Consider him day-to-day.
Pau Gasol, PF/C11/1/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol continued his solid start with Chicago.
Insight: Gasol added 20 points and six rebounds against the Timberwolves on Saturday. He also had four blocks. Gasol is averaging 18.7 points per game and 8.7 rebounds in the first three games of the regular season.
Pau Gasol, PF/C10/31/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol had a solid game in Friday's overtime loss to Cleveland.
Insight: He had 13 points, nine rebounds, and impressive six blocked shots. While Gasol won't be getting six blocks per game, numbers close to a double-double will please fantasy owners.
Kirk Hinrich, G10/31/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich stepped up in the absence of Derrick Rose.
Insight: With Rose leaving in the fourth quarter, with a sprained ankle, Hinrich hit some big shots down the stretch, and finished with 20 points. His season-high last season, was 19.
Derrick Rose, G10/31/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose left Friday's game with a sprained ankle, and is questionable to return.
Insight: Doris Burke gave the report with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter, so it is unlikely that Rose returns. Hopefully the injury does not keep him out long, as Rose was having a productive night (20 points, four assists, four rebounds in 25 minutes). However, questions contiue to linger if Rose can stay healthy.
Jimmy Butler, G/F10/31/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (thumb) is not in the starting lineup Friday against Cleveland.
Insight: It is looking like Butler will need at least one more game, before he makes his season-debut.
Jimmy Butler, G/F10/31/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (thumb) took part in Friday's shootaround, but is still a game-time decision.
Insight: Check back closer to tip-off, to see if Butler is ready to roll versus the Cavaliers.
Taj Gibson, PF10/31/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson played very well coming off the bench in the season opener and given a chance can certainly repeat those numbers.
Insight: Gibson played 28 minutes, scoring 22 points and pulling down eight rebounds, but that was against a weak Knicks team. Let's see what kind of role and output he posted Friday night against Cleveland.
Derrick Rose, G10/31/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose wasn't huge in Chicago's opening night win over the Knicks, but then again he only played 21 minutes.
Insight: Rose was 3-for-7 for 13 points, while adding five assists, three rebounds and two steals. We hope to see him play 30 minutes down the road so that he can get the numbers we expect from him.
Derrick Rose, G10/29/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose did not need to do much in Chicago's opening night win over the Knicks.
Insight: He was 3-for-7 for 13 points, while adding five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Look for Rose to get his numbers up, next time out.
Pau Gasol, PF/C10/29/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol had a fantastic team debut.
Insight: Him and backup power forward Taj Gibson led the Bulls on Wednesday, with Gasol going for 21 points and 11 rebounds. Gibson chipped in 22 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one block as well. It is early, but it is looking like Chicago is extremely deep.
Jimmy Butler, G/F10/24/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is dealing with a sprained left thumb which has him questionable for Wednesday's game against New York.
Insight: Butler was a breakout star last season as we saw his scoring jump from 8.6 ppg to 13.1 ppg. Although he had a solid preseason, he'll have to fight for his points because of the return of Derrick Rose and the acquisition of Pau Gasol.
Kirk Hinrich, G10/20/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has very little fantasy value with the return of point guard Derick Rose this season.
Insight: There is always a chance that Rose suffers yet another injury to his knee, but even without Rose last season, Hinrich averaged just 9.1 points per game with a 39 percent shooting percentage. He is not worth targeting in standard drafts.
Doug McDermott, F10/20/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Rookie Doug McDermott will have to earn his playing time with hard-noised coach Tom Thibodeau.
Insight: That being said, Chicago traded up to draft McDemott because of his raw talent and ability to score. McDermott will take minutes away from veteran Mike Dunleavy, and owners should expect McDermott to shoot a tremendous percentage playing on such a great passing team.
Taj Gibson, PF10/20/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: As far as drafting bench players goes, Bulls forward Taj Gibson should be one of the top bench players taken in fantasy drafts.
Insight: Gibson averaged 19.3 PPG, 2.8 APG, 9.8 RPG, and 1.8 BPG in seven starts last season. The front court is crowded in Chicago, but should Joakim Noah or Pau Gasol go down, Gibson will start and Chicago shouldn't miss a beat. He will be a great sixth man as well, which makes him a late value pickup in fantasy.
Joakim Noah, C10/20/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah is the top fantasy player in Chicago this season.
Insight: The hype will likely surround the return of Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, but Noah is the best fantasy asset in Chicago. He averaged 12.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor last season. It will be extremely hard for Noah to repeat those numbers with Rose back and with the addition of Pau Gasol, but there is still plenty to like about Noah.
Pau Gasol, PF/C10/20/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol is a solid big man to target in the middle rounds.
Insight: With the position so thin, Gasol has quite a bit of value in fantasy drafts this season. Gasol may not score as much as he did in Los Angeles, but he will likely average close to a double-double per game with 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds. He is also one of the best passers at the center position. We expect 3.7 assists per game.
Mike Dunleavy, G/F10/20/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy has very little upside in fantasy basketball this season.
Insight: Dunleavy averaged 32 minutes per game last season, but we expect that to take a tip with rookie Doug McDermott in the rotation. Dunleavy can provide a boost in leagues with 3-pointers, but that is about it.
Jimmy Butler, G/FHot10/20/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler is averaging 18 points on 60 percent shooting from the field this preseason.
Insight: NBA.com reported Butler is crediting his great play this preseason to his rigorous offseason training. He came in 10 pounds lighter and more focused than last season. That's what fantasy owners love to hear.
Derrick Rose, G10/20/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants his star point guard to improve upon his defense this season according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Rose said he is used to that kind of criticism from his coach. Fantasy owners likely don't care much about Rose playing better defense. In his last full season, he averaged 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game, which owners would love to take with his 7-plus assist average and 20-plus points per night.
Mike Dunleavy, G/F10/11/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy will not play in Chicago's preseason game on Saturday.
Insight: Dunleavy has soreness in his knee, but it does not sound serious. Doug McDermott will start in Dunleavy's place on Saturday. It will be fascinating to see how McDermott does in his first start, but Dunleavy clearly has the better fantasy value at this point.
Derrick Rose, G9/3/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is planning on playing in three games over three days for Team USA.
Insight: This is a nice test for fantasy owners for whether Rose will be able to withstand an NBA schedule or whether he'll need off games in back-to-backs like Dwyane Wade did last season.
Derrick Rose, G8/21/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said he will play in Team USA's exhibition game against Puerto Rico on Friday.
Insight: Rose did not suit up for Wednesday's game against Dominican Republic but he told CBS Sports there's northing to worry about. "Just trying to protect myself, just knowing that this is a long, long schedule and this is the most basketball I'll be playing in two years." Rose has played in just 10 games the past two seasons, so fantasy owners who have stuck with him should be pleased Rose is not pushing himself too early.
Derrick Rose, G8/2/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose looked very good during the Team USA Showcase event in Las Vegas Friday night.
Insight: Rose missed most of last season with a torn meniscus after sitting out all of the previous season while recovering from a torn ACL, but appeared to have his explosive speed back. We expect his shot will be a bit rusty, but if he continues to play like this, he'll be selected within the first two rounds at fantasy drafts.
Derrick Rose, G7/29/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Syracuse coach and Team USA assistant coach Jim Boeheim said Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been "the most impressive guy" at Team USA's training camp, according to ESPNChicago.com.
Insight: Rose missed most of last season with a torn meniscus after sitting out all of the previous season while recovering from a torn ACL. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, another Team USA assistant, also praised Rose. "The same (speed and explosiveness). The strength in his leg is great. His explosion is back. That's all there," Thibodeau said.
Derrick Rose, G7/28/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose will compete for a Team USA roster spot without any restrictions based on past injuries.
Insight: Rose missed most of last season with a torn meniscus. It will be pretty tough competition to make the final roster as Rose will be going up against Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, John Wall, and Kyrie Irving. If he can beat any of those guys, it bodes well for his fantasy value next season.
Carlos Boozer, F7/16/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: The Bulls have used their amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer.
Insight: Chicago shopped Boozer around the league first but couldn't find any team interested in taking on his $16.8 million salary. He averaged 28.2 minutes, 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season, but he was rarely used in fourth quarters and was no longer needed after the team signed Pau Gasol.
Pau Gasol, PF/C7/13/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Pau Gasol is finalizing a contract with the Chicago Bulls.
Insight: The acquisition of Gasol, who averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks last season, to pair with Joakim Noah will give Chicago the best passing frontcourt in the NBA. It will also keep Taj Gibson on the bench.
Derrick Rose, G6/18/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose has declared himself game-ready. SOURCE: K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Rose missed most of last season with a torn meniscus. He's still relatively young (25) but after so many surgeries, it's doubtful Rose will ever play at an MVP level again.
Taj Gibson, PF5/24/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Taj Gibson has been told he'll be the Bulls' starter at power forward next season. SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: The implication is that Carlos Boozer is on his way out of Chi-Town. Boozer could be tough to trade given his gigantic $16.8 million salary but Gibson (13.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg) has certainly earned his place in the starting lineup.
Joakim Noah, C5/2/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah has already undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: He'll need 8-to-12 weeks of recovery time. Noah was the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. He'll be fine by the time the regular season opens in late October.
Taj Gibson, PF/C4/30/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Taj Gibson sprained his ankle Tuesday night, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Gibson exited Game 5 of Chicago's playoff series against the Wizards with the injury and never returned. Washington eliminated the Bulls despite Gibson averaging 18.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in the series. The 28-year-old had his best season in 2013-14 (13 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 bpg).
Joakim Noah, C4/30/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah underwent an MRI on his knee Wednesday, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Noah needed to have the knee drained as well. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award this season after averaging 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals in 80 games. The Wizards eliminated the Bulls from the postseason Tuesday night.
Joakim Noah, C4/30/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Chicago's season ended in disappointing fashion Tuesday against Washington but that didn't stop center Joakim Noah from grabbing 18 rebounds and handing out seven assists.
Insight: Noah also contributed three blocked shots in the losing effort. The series win was Washington's first since 2005. Noah averaged 10.4 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 4.6 apg and 1.4 bpg for the series.
Taj Gibson, PF/C4/29/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Bulls PF/C Taj Gibson rolled his left ankle on John Wall's foot during Tuesday's game and was helped to the locker room, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: The Bulls are trailing 3-1 in the series and 68-62 with 6:03 left in the fourth quarter in Game 5 Tuesday. Gibson averaged 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over the first four games of the series and had 12 points, four boards and three blocks before exiting Tuesday.
Mike Dunleavy, G/F4/29/2014 1:57:00 PM
Description: Chicago swingman Mike Dunleavy has been diagnosed with a bruised left thumb and is probable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: Dunleavy said he'll play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Wizards. The 33-year-old had just six points Sunday in Game 4 after going off for 35 points with eight threes in Game 3.
Mike Dunleavy, G/F4/27/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Chicago swingman Mike Dunleavy's X-rays came back negative and he has been diagnosed with a bruised left thumb, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Dunleavy said he'll play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Wizards. The 33-year-old had just six points Sunday in Game 4 after going off for 35 points with eight threes in Game 3.
Taj Gibson, PF/C4/27/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Bulls PF/C Taj Gibson netted a game-high 32 points Sunday in a Game 4 loss to Washington.
Insight: Gibson scored 20 of those points in the first half. He shot an incredible 81.3 percent from the floor (13-of-16) and spent most of the game manhandling Trevor Booker in the low post. Of course, things will be a lot harder for Gibson Tuesday when Nene returns from his one-game suspension.
Mike Dunleavy, G/F4/27/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Chicago swingman Mike Dunleavy may have hyperextended his elbow Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Dunleavy went off for 35 points in Game 3 but today he only has six. With Dunleavy sidelined, the Bulls will use Jimmy Butler at the three with Kirk Hinrich at shooting guard. D.J. Augustin has been handling the point guard duties for Chicago.
Taj Gibson, PF/CHot4/23/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Chicago PF/C Taj Gibson recorded his fourth career postseason double-double Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: He finished with 22 points, ten boards and three blocked shots. Despite Gibson's efforts, the Bulls are down 0-2 and will have to win the next couple on the road to have any chance of coming back in this series.
Joakim Noah, C4/23/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah collected 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to Washington.
Insight: Unfortunately, he also committed five turnovers. Every game is a must-win now for Chicago. The Bulls trail the Wizards two games to none heading into Friday night's Game 3.
Joakim Noah, C4/21/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah is your 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. SOURCE: Bulls on Twitter
Insight: He received 100 of 125 first place votes. Noah had a tremendous season, setting new career-highs in points (12.6 ppg), rebounds (11.3 rpg), assists (5.4 apg) and steals (1.2 spg). Don't be surprised if he gets a few MVP votes.
D.J. Augustin, G4/14/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin (personal) will not play Monday against Orlando.
Insight: Augustin has been a superb fantasy option since he joined the Bulls and has averaged 17.6 points on .454 shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds over his last 22 games.
D.J. Augustin, G 4/14/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin will be a game-time decision Monday due to personal reasons, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Augustin shot just 3-of-13 on Sunday but has averaged 17.6 points on .454 shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds over his last 22 games.
Joakim Noah, CHot4/13/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah missed a triple-double by one assist Sunday at New York, picking up 13 points, 17 rebounds and nine dimes in the loss.
Insight: Noah had the tougher two legs of a triple-double Friday with 12 rebounds and 10 assists but he shot only 2-of-10 for six points. Meanwhile, Lance Stephenson had a triple-double Sunday to take back the NBA lead, which Noah tied with his fourth of the seson on Wednesday.
D.J. Augustin, GHot4/11/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin has scored 21 or more points in three straight games and five of the last seven.
Insight: Augustin has averaged 20.6 points, 5.3 assists, 2.9 threes and 1.1 steals during that seven-game stretch. He had 24 points, six assists and four rebounds Friday against the Pistons.
D.J. Augustin, GHot4/9/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin scored 21 points with four threes Wednesday at Minnesota.
Insight: Augustin has had a major impact on the fantasy playoffs by averaging 20 points, 5.2 assists, 3.2 threes and 1.2 steals over his last six games.
Joakim Noah, CHot4/9/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah tied Lance Stephenson for the NBA lead with his fourth triple-double of the season Wednesday night.
Insight: Noah had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He should get some MVP love due to the Bulls challenging for the No. 3 seed in the East without Derrick Rose (injured) or Luol Deng (traded).
D.J. Augustin, GHot4/5/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin had 25 points, six threes, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 30 minutes Saturday at Washington.
Insight: Augustin has averaged 17.4 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 threes per game since the start of March (19 games) and 19.8 points, 5.8 assists and 3.0 threes over his last five games.
D.J. Augustin, G3/31/2014 9:16:00 AM
Description: Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin blew up for 33 points Sunday in a win against Boston.
Insight: That's a season-high for the 26-year-old. Augustin started the year in Toronto but has been a completely different player since joining Chicago in mid-December. In 53 games filling in for Derrick Rose, Augustin has produced 14.5 ppg and 5.0 apg.
Taj Gibson, FHot3/28/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson has averaged 16.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over his last seven games.
Insight: Chicago has stuck with Carlos Boozer as the starting power forward but Gibson has been playing more minutes than him for three straight months.
Carlos Boozer, F3/28/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forwards Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson both had a double-double Friday against Portland.
Insight: Boozer led the Bulls in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Gibson had 13 points and 10 boards. Boozer has averaged just 10.9 ppg in March, his lowest monthly output of the season, due in large part to the emergence of Gibson.
Jimmy Butler, G/FHot3/22/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler has scored 16 or 17 points in three straight games.
Insight: Butler had 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal Saturday against the 76ers. He has been good for 15 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.3 spg and 1.1 3pg his last 14 games. The guard has played at least 45 minutes in four consecutive games.
Tornike Shengelia, F3/21/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Bulls forward Tornike Shengelia is questionable for Friday's game against Indiana due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Averaging less than seven minutes a night, Shengelia has no fantasy value. Lets just hope he doesn't give his cold to any fantasy-worthy players.
Taj Gibson, FHot3/19/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson was the man Wednesday in an eight-point win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Gibson collected 19 points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. He's been on a roll lately with averages of 18 ppg and 9.7 rpg over his last three contests. Chicago's next game is Friday against the Pacers.
Joakim Noah, C3/19/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah had yet another monster outing Wednesday against Philadelphia (14 points, ten rebounds, six assists, four blocks).
Insight: Then again, who doesn't have a monster game against the Sixers? Wednesday was Noah's 35th double-double of the season. That's a career-high.
Joakim Noah, CHot3/15/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah came within two assists of his fourth triple-double Saturday in a win over Sacramento.
Insight: In 41 minutes, Noah totaled 23 points, 11 rebounds, eight dimes, three steals and five blocked shots. He's been absolutely unstoppable since the All-Star break, averaging 14.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 7.0 apg and 1.9 bpg over his last 14 games. There isn't a better big man in fantasy basketball than Noah right now.
Joakim Noah, CHot3/13/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah had 13 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 35 minutes Thursday against the Rockets.
Insight: Evidently Noah, aka the new-age Bill Walton, is going to flirt with a triple-double every night for the rest of the season. He's tied for second in the NBA with three, all of which came since Feb. 11. Noah has thrown up 13.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.6 bpg and 1.1 spg his last 43 games and averaged seven-plus assists per game over his last 15.
Mike Dunleavy, G3/13/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Chicago G/F Mike Dunleavy gutted out a 37-minute, 21-point, seven-rebound performance Thursday against the Rockets, hitting four triples in the process.
Insight: An elbow to the face sent Dunleavy to the locker room with blood gushing from above his right eye and caused him to get 10 stitches, but he returned to start the second half and had his best scoring game since Feb. 25 after five straight games with single-digit points.
Mike Dunleavy, G3/13/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Chicago G/F Mike Dunleavy suffered a laceration above his right eye during Thursday's game and needed 10 stitches. However, he was able to start the second half, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Dunleavy was elbowed in the face and ran to the locker room with blood gushing from above his eye during the second quarter.
Joakim Noah, CHot3/9/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Joakim Noah's incredible hot streak continued Sunday in a win against Miami.
Insight: Playing with a sprained thumb, Noah went off for 20 points, 12 boards, seven assists and five blocked shots. No fantasy center offers as wide a skill set as Noah. He has singlehandedly turned Chicago's season around in the absence of Derrick Rose (torn meniscus) and Luol Deng (traded to Cleveland).
Joakim Noah, CHot3/7/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah, diagnosed with a sprained thumb, has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game with Memphis. SOURCE: Aggrey Sam, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: Noah (12.0 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 4.8 apg) played through the injury on Wednesday so his status was never really in doubt. With two triple-doubles in his last three contests, Noah needs to be starting everywhere.
Joakim Noah, CHot3/6/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a sprained thumb. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Noah (12.0 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 4.8 apg) played through the injury on Wednesday and we imagine he'll do the same Friday against Memphis. With two triple-doubles in his last three contests, Noah needs to be starting in all formats.
Joakim Noah, CHot3/6/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah left the locker room with a splint on his thumb after Wednesday night's game. SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Insight: Noah had just posted his second triple-double in his last three games. He said there is nothing to worry about, that it's "just a little boo-boo."
Joakim Noah, CHot3/5/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Joakim Noah's triple-double Wednesday against the Pistons was his third of the season.
Insight: Only Indiana guard Lance Stephenson has produced more triple-doubles than Noah. Wednesday Noah (ten points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks) became the first center since David Robinson in 1993-94 to post three triple-doubles involving assists in the same season.
Joakim Noah, CHot3/3/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah sprained his right ankle Sunday against the Knicks but will play Monday, according to Nick Friedell of espn.com.
Insight: Noah returned to Sunday's game after suffering the injury. He had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth career triple-double.
D.J. Augustin, G3/2/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard D.J. Augustin scored 23 points with four 3-pointers in 26 minutes Sunday against the Knicks.
Insight: Augustin put up just 6.5 ppg on 18.9 percent shooting his previous four games, but he has averaged 31 minutes, 14.1 points, 5.4 assists, 2.2 threes, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals his last 37 games.
Joakim Noah, C3/2/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah sprained his right ankle Sunday against the Knicks but is expected to return. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Noah only needed 30 minutes to earn his fifth career triple-double (12 points, 12 assists, ten rebounds). Expect Taj Gibson to fill in while Noah gets his ankle re-taped.
Jimmer Fredette, G3/1/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Former Kings guard Jimmer Fredette has signed with Chicago. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Fredette (5.9 ppg, 49.3 percent on three-pointers) cleared waivers on Saturday. It's unknown if he'll play Sunday against the Knicks. Even if he does, fantasy owners shouldn't expect much out of him.
Taj Gibson, FHot2/26/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Taj Gibson has averaged 16 points and 6.8 rebounds in six games since Carlos Boozer returned to the starting lineup. He had 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 27 minutes Wednesday against the Warriors.
Insight: Gibson was a 22-10 monster in the three games Boozer missed, and while he hasn't quite reached that level since Boozer returned he has still been a good fantasy option. Gibson has scored in double figures in 17 of his last 18 games and averaged 16.4 ppg in that span.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/26/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler played 37 minutes and had 16 points, three blocks and two steals in his return to the lineup Wednesday against the Warriors.
Insight: Butler suffered bruised ribs Friday and missed the previous two games, but he was back to his usual number of minutes Wednesday.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/26/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (ribs) will start Wednesday after missing the last two games, according to Nick Friedell of espnchicago.com.
Insight: Butler suffered bruised ribs Friday. He has a veraged 39 minutes, 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game in February.
Mike Dunleavy, G2/25/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Chicago G/F Mike Dunleavy played the whole game Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Dunleavy took advantage of the extra minutes by posting 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Fifteen of his 22 points came in the first half. Dunleavy could see another extra-heavy workload Wednesday against the Warriors if Jimmy Butler (sore ribs) misses another game.
Joakim Noah, CHot2/25/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah was dominant on both ends of the floor Tuesday versus the Hawks.
Insight: He tallied 20 points to go with 12 rebounds and three steals. Always the deft passer, Noah finished with three assists. The two-time All-Star has been outstanding this month, averaging 14 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 5.9 apg in 11 February appearances. He'll be a must-start Wednesday when the Bulls host Golden State.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/25/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Chicago will be without shooting guard Jimmy Butler Tuesday against the Hawks. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Butler has now missed two games in a row because of sore ribs. Tony Snell (5.6 ppg) got the start in his place Sunday against Miami and will do the same tonight in Atlanta.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/25/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (bruised ribs) is unlikely to play Tuesday, according to Sam Smith of bulls.com.
Insight: Butler suffered bruised ribs Friday. He warmed up Sunday in an attempt to play but wasn't able to give it a go. Butler plays big minutes when healthy (almost 37 mpg) and Tony Snell got most of those minutes the past two games, but was inconsistent scoring six and 20 points.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/25/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (bruised ribs) did not play Sunday against the Heat and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Butler suffered the injury Friday. He warmed up Sunday in an attempt to play but wasn't able to give it a go so we know he's close. He'll be a game-time decision. Butler plays big minutes when healthy (almost 37 mpg) and Tony Snell got most of those minutes the past two games, but was inconsistent scoring six and 20 points.
Joakim Noah, CHot2/23/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah was on point during Sunday's loss to Miami.
Insight: Noah has been carrying the Bulls of late and Sunday was no exception. The talented big man registered 20 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. Fantasy owners would be crazy not to start him at this point.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/23/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (bruised ribs) will not play Sunday against the Heat, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Butler suffered the injury Friday and was done for the night. He warmed up Sunday in an attempt to play but wasn't able to give it a go. Butler plays big minutes when healthy (almost 37 mpg) and Tony Snell will get a lot of those minutes Sunday.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/22/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler is doubtful for Sunday's game against Miami due to bruised ribs.
Insight: Butler injured it Friday and was done for the night. Butler plays big minutes when healthy (almost 37 mpg) and Tony Snell will get a lot of those minutes if Butler can't go. He put up 20 points on Friday.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/21/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler bruised one of his ribs Friday against Denver.
Insight: ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell says he's questionable to return. If Butler is done for the night, it should mean more minutes for backup shooting guard Tony Snell (5.3 ppg).
Carlos Boozer, F2/13/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (calf) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Nets.
Insight: Boozer missed the last three games, and during that time backup Taj Gibson averaged 22.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals. Gibson will move back to the bench, from where he has averaged 27 minutes, 11.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
Carlos Boozer, F2/13/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Bulls PF Carlos Boozer plans to play Thursday. He's been dealing with a calf injury and has missed the past three games.
Insight: Backup Taj Gibson averaged 22.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals per game, but his time in the starting lineup will end when Boozer returns.
Carlos Boozer, F2/12/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Carlos Boozer will remain in the starting lineup when he returns from his calf injury, according to K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Boozer said he plans to play Thursday.
Insight: Boozer has missed the last three games. During that time, Taj Gibson averaged 22.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals per game, but his time in the starting lineup will end when Boozer returns.
Taj Gibson, FHot2/11/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: No Carlos Boozer, no problem. The Bulls won big Tuesday thanks in part to Taj Gibson's 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Insight: Gibson was two points away from tying his career-high. Over his last three games, Gibson has played 137 of a possible 144 minutes. He'll have one day to rest up before Thursday's big game against Brooklyn.
Joakim Noah, CHot2/11/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Nothing to see here, just another triple-double for Joakim Noah (19 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists).
Insight: It's Noah's fourth career triple-double. Noah leads all NBA centers in assists this season with an average of 4.3 dimes per game. He'll head to New Orleans later this week to compete in his second All-Star Game in as many seasons.
Carlos Boozer, F2/11/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Chicago forward Carlos Boozer has been ruled out for Tuesday's game with Atlanta. SOURCE: Bulls on Twitter
Insight: Boozer has been nursing a sore calf. High-flying big man Taj Gibson (12.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg) will fill the void at power forward.
Taj Gibson, F2/11/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Bulls F/C Taj Gibson would return to the bench if Carlos Boozer (game-time decision) is healthy.
Insight: Gibson averaged 22 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.0 spg, 2.0 bpg over the past two contests with Boozer out of the lineup. His fantasy value is completely dependent upon his playing time.
Carlos Boozer, F2/11/2014 1:15:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (calf) will be a game-time decision Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Backup PF/C Taj Gibson is a very good play when Boozer is out. Gibson has averaged 22 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.5 apg during Boozer's last two absences.
Joakim Noah, CHot2/9/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah starred in Sunday's win against the Lakers.
Insight: He finished the game with 20 points, 13 boards, two steals, three assists and three blocked shots. Noah is headed to his second All-Star Game in as many seasons. He's the only reason the injury-depleted Bulls are still in the mix for a playoff spot.
Carlos Boozer, F2/9/2014 2:50:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (calf) will not play Sunday against the Lakers.
Insight: Boozer is battling a strained calf. Taj Gibson is a very good play with Boozer out of the lineup. He posted 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks Thursday as a replacement.
Carlos Boozer, F2/7/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer was a late scratch Thursday and is doubtful for Sunday's game against the LA Lakers
Insight: Boozer is battling a strained calf. Taj Gibson is a very good play with Boozer out of the lineup. He posted 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks Thursday as a replacement.
Carlos Boozer, F2/6/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer was a late scratch Thursday against Golden State. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Boozer is battling a strained calf. Taj Gibson (12.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg) will slide into the starting lineup for Chicago.
Jimmy Butler, G/F2/5/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Chicago shooting guard Jimmy Butler has averaged 16 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 2.2 assists and 1.2 threes in his last five games.
Insight: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau may be running Butler into the ground by playing him 41.3 minutes per game over his last 20 games, but fantasy owners don't mind the huge chunk of playing time he is getting.
Joakim Noah, C2/4/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Updating an earlier item, the NBA has fined Chicago center Joakim Noah $15,000 for his behavior Monday against the Kings.
Insight: This means Noah will not be suspended. Make sure the two-time All-Star is in your lineup tonight against Phoenix.
Joakim Noah, C2/4/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: With a suspension looming, Bulls center Joakim Noah's status is up in the air for Tuesday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Noah's expletive-filled tirade after his ejection Monday night in Sacramento is likely to cost him a few games. Noah could always appeal the decision but it's doubtful he'll be able to avoid at least some form of punishment. Taj Gibson would start at center if and when Noah (11.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg) decides to accept his ban.
Joakim Noah, C2/4/2014 8:47:00 AM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah earned a pair of technicals early in this one and played just 18 minutes.
Insight: Noah's 18-game steak of double-digit rebounds came to a crashing end with a four-point, four rebound effort. After seeing the box score this was the best news you could get - that he wasn't injured, just stupid.
Joakim Noah, C1/29/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah (illness) will start Wednesday's game, according to the Bulls Twitter account.
Insight: Noah missed Monday's game and said he still wasn't feeling well Wednesday afternoon, but he'll give it a go.
Kirk Hinrich, G1/29/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) will return to action Wednesday after missing the last four games.
Insight: D.J. Augustin has outplayed Hinrich and is the more valuable member of Chicago's backcourt. Hinrich will come off the bench Wednesday.
Kirk Hinrich, G1/29/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) will test his hamstring in pre-game warmups Wednesday, according to Nick Friedell of espnchicago.com.
Insight: D.J. Augustin has outplayed Hinrich and is the more valuable member of Chicago's backcourt.
Joakim Noah, C1/29/2014 8:12:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah (illness) will warm up Wednesday and see how he feels. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Noah missed Monday's game and said he still wasn't feeling well Wednesday afternoon, but he hasn't had any setbacks since shootaround. Taj Gibson (12.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg) stands to benefit the most from Noah's potential absence.
Joakim Noah, C1/29/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah is still sick and will be a game-time decision Wednesday against San Antonio. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: He missed Monday's game with the same ailment. Taj Gibson (12.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg) would stand to benefit the most from Noah's potential absence.
Joakim Noah, C1/28/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah missed Monday's game and is questionable for Wednesday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: Noah has four double-doubles in his last five games and 19 for the season while averaging 11.7 ppg and 11.4 rpg. Taj Gibson grabbed most of the available minutes and he posted 10 points and 10 rebounds.
D.J. Augustin, GHot1/25/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard D.J. Augustin has averaged 22.3 ppg over his last four games.
Insight: Augustin had 28 points and six threes Saturday at Charlotte and has shockingly been a very good fantasy option since joining the Bulls. He's unlikely to give up the starting job when Kirk Hinrich returns from a hamstring injury.
Kirk Hinrich, G1/25/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) will miss his third straight game Saturday. SOURCE: K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: D.J. Augustin has outplayed Hinrich with averages of 17.8 points, 6.9 assists, 2.8 threes and 1.0 steals over his last eight games. There's no guarantee Hinrich will get his starting job back when he's healthy.
Kirk Hinrich, G1/24/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: The Bulls will be without Kirk Hinrich Friday against the Clippers. SOURCE: K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: It's the second game he's missed with a hamstring injury. With D.J. Augustin manning the point for Chicago, Hinrich (8.0 ppg, 4.7 apg) doesn't have a very high ceiling. For fantasy purposes, it's best to avoid him for now.
Carlos Boozer, F1/24/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Chicago forward Carlos Boozer is officially active for Friday's game against the Clippers.
Insight: A calf injury sidelined Boozer earlier in the week. Taj Gibson (12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg), who started in Boozer's place Wednesday against Cleveland, will move back to a reserve role for Friday night's game.
Taj Gibson, F1/24/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Bulls F/C Taj Gibson returns to the bench with Carlos Boozer healthy again and his value takes a huge hit.
Insight: Gibson, who put up 26 points while replacing Boozer on Wednesday and averages 19 ppg and 9.3 rpg as a starter, will come off the bench where he averages 11.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg.
Carlos Boozer, F1/24/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer missed Wednesday's game with a left calf injury, but is probable for Friday's game versus the Clippers.
Insight: Taj Gibson, who put up 26 points in his place and averages 19 ppg and 9.3 rpg as a starter, will return to the bench where he averages 11.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg.
Kirk Hinrich, G1/22/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich will not play Wednesday due to a right hamstring injury. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich will probably be out a week.
Insight: That will lead to D.J. Augustin taking most of the minutes at point guard. Augustin has averaged 18 points, 7.0 assists, 2.7 threes and 1.3 steals his last six games and should be owned in all leagues.
Carlos Boozer, F1/22/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer will miss Wednesday's game with a left calf injury, according to the Bulls' Twitter account.
Insight: Taj Gibson, who is averaging 28 minutes, 11.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this season despite coming off the bench in 37 of his 40 games, will likely start in Boozer's place.
Kirk Hinrich, G1/20/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich suffered a right hamstring strain during Monday's game.
Insight: D.J. Augustin has been outplaying Hinrich off the bench and the injury could lead to Augustin moving into the starting lineup.
D.J. Augustin, GHot1/20/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting over 37 minutes Monday against the Lakers. Kirk Hinrich also suffered a right hamstring strain during the game, so we could see Augustin get even more playing time.
Insight: Seeing a productive Augustin seemed impossible after he shot 35 percent for the Pacers last year and 29.2 percent with Toronto earlier this season, but the guard has come up with 13.4 ppg, 6.4 apg, 1.4 spg and 2.1 3pg in his last 18 contests. That includes averages of 18 points, 7.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.7 threes per game over his last six games.
Joakim Noah, C1/19/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah boosted his All-Star candidacy with a stellar performance Saturday against the Sixers.
Insight: He finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocked shots. Noah's 11.7 ppg average is almost identical to the 11.9 ppg he averaged in 2012-13. His rebounding average hasn't changed much either (11.1 rpg last season, 11.0 in 2013-14).
D.J. Augustin, GHot1/18/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard D.J. Augustin tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter of Friday night's game with Washington, but it doesn't appear to be serious.
Insight: Augustin has posted double-digit points in three of the past four games and is averaging a season's best 12.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 6.4 apg in January
Kirk Hinrich, G1/17/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich had 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two threes in 28 minutes Friday at Washington.
Insight: Hinrich had just 12 blocks all season prior to Friday, so don't expect the guard to suddenly become Serge Ibaka. He also scored in double figures just once in his previous 10 games before posting 18 Friday.
D.J. Augustin, GHot1/15/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard D.J. Augustin provided 19 points, nine assists and three treys off the bench Wednesday.
Insight: After terrible stints with the Pacers and Raptors, Augustin has reestablished himself in Chicago by recording 11.9 points, 6.7 assists, 1.7 threes and 1.3 steals per game in his last 15 games.
Joakim Noah, CHot1/15/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: The Bulls knocked off the Magic in triple overtime Wednesday due in large part to Joakim Noah's 26 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal in 49 minutes.
Insight: Chicago improbably has won six of its last seven games despite playing without Derrick Rose and trading Luol Deng, and Noah has been a major reason why. He has snagged double-digit rebounds in 10 straight games and 18 of the last 21 while averaging 13.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals in that stretch.
Carlos Boozer, F1/15/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (illness) is active Wednesday against the Magic.
Insight: Boozer (14.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg) is dealing with an illness and was questionable to play.
Carlos Boozer, F1/15/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer is headed for a game-time decision Wednesday against the Magic. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Boozer (14.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg) is dealing with an illness. Taj Gibson (12.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg) would draw the start at power forward if Boozer sits out.
Nazr Mohammed, C1/13/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Nazr Mohammed exited with a sprained middle finger Monday against Washington. His return is questionable. SOURCE: K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Mohammed (1.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg) has only been logging about eight minutes per game this season. There's no reason to own him in fantasy.
Jimmy Butler, G/F1/13/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Chicago shooting guard Jimmy Butler (quad) did not play Saturday against the Bobcats and is questionable for Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: Butler played 40 minutes Friday night despite dealing with the injury, but couldn't recover in time for Saturday. It's hoped he'll be ready for Monday. Tony Snell started for Butler, but showed no fantasy upside. Both point guards Kirk Hinrich and his backup D.J. Augustin saw 30-plus minutes.
Joakim Noah, CHot1/12/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 16 of his last 19 games while averaging 13 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals in that stretch.
Insight: Noah extended his streak of double-digit rebounds to eight games with 14 boards Saturday night. He added 19 points, four assists and three blocks to help the Bulls win their fifth straight game.
D.J. Augustin, GHot1/12/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Tony Snell started, but Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler's absence Saturday night was most beneficial to D.J. Augustin, who played 35 minutes and had 20 points and 12 assists against the Bobcats.
Insight: After terrible stints with the Pacers and Raptors, Augustin has been successful during his stay with the Bulls. In his last 13 games, he has averaged 31 minutes, 11.8 points, 6.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 threes and 1.4 steals.
Jimmy Butler, G/F1/11/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Chicago shooting guard Jimmy Butler (quad) will not play Saturday against the Bobcats, according to Bulls.com. Tony Snell will get the start at two-guard.
Insight: Butler played 40 minutes Friday night despite dealing with the injury, but he hasn't recovered in a day and will sit out at least one game.
Jimmy Butler, G/F1/11/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Chicago shooting guard Jimmy Butler (quad) will be a game-time decision Saturday night, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Butler played 40 minutes Friday night despite dealing with the injury, but he hasn't recovered in a day and may have to sit at least one game.
Jimmy Butler, G/F1/11/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Chicago shooting guard Jimmy Butler injured his thigh Friday night and is questionable for Saturday's game against Charlotte.
Insight: Butler played through the injury, but noticably hobbled at the end. The question is whether it will tighten up overnight. Expect him to be a game-time decision. Butler has scored double-digits in eight straight games.
Joakim Noah, C1/10/2014 2:09:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah has been dealing with an illness but is expected to play Friday, according to Bulls beat reporter Nick Friedell.
Insight: Noah is one of ten players in the league averaging a double-double this season. He scored 21 against the Bucks when he faced them last month. All that adds up to Noah being a must start.
Joakim Noah, C1/9/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah has been dealing with an illness but head coach Tom Thibodeau is confident he'll be able to play Friday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Bulls.com
Insight: Noah is one of ten players in the league averaging a double-double this season. He scored 21 against the Bucks when he faced them last month.
Carlos Boozer, F1/9/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Chicago forward Carlos Boozer expects to play Friday versus Milwaukee. He sat out Wednesday's game because of a knee injury. SOURCE: Aggrey Sam, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: Boozer returned to practice on Thursday, which is obviously a good sign. The 32-year-old is averaging 14.7 ppg, his lowest since his rookie season back in 2002-03.
Carlos Boozer, F1/7/2014 7:17:00 PM
Description: The Bulls will be without power forward Carlos Boozer for the second game in a row Tuesday versus Phoenix. SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Insight: Boozer's right knee is still bothering him. Expect Taj Gibson (11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg) to start in Boozer's place.
Andrew Bynum, C1/7/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: The Bulls have already waived center Andrew Bynum, according to the Chicago Tribune. Chicago traded Luol Deng to Cleveland for Bynum and three draft picks on Monday night.
Insight: Chicago needed to waive Bynum before the second half of his $12.3 million contract became guaranteed on Tuesday. After missing all of last season, Bynum signed with Cleveland and averaged 20 minutes, 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 24 games (19 starts) before being suspended for detrimental conduct.
Carlos Boozer, F1/7/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Chicago forward Carlos Boozer didn't play Saturday against Atlanta and isn't expected to return for Tuesday's game with Phoenix.
Insight: He's battling knee soreness. This would be Boozer's second absence of the season. Taj Gibson had 10 points and 12 rebounds filling in for him at power forward against the Hawks.
Andrew Bynum, C1/7/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Center Andrew Bynum and draft choices have been traded to the Chicago Bulls for small forward Luol Deng.
Insight: The Bulls are well stocked at center with Joakim Noah and Nazr Mohammed. Chicago wanted to move Deng for draft choices and it's likely that Bynum will be waived. We question whether Bynum will ever again be a fantasy-worthy center due to physical ailments and attitude problems.
Carlos Boozer, F1/4/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Chicago forward Carlos Boozer isn't playing Saturday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Bulls on Twitter
Insight: He's battling knee soreness. This will be Boozer's first absence of the season. Taj Gibson (11.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg) will be filling in for him at power forward.
Carlos Boozer, F1/4/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: Bulls PF Carlos Boozer will be a game-time decision Saturday due to a sore right knee.
Insight: Boozer didn't participate in shootaround. He's averaging 30 minutes, 14.7 points and 8.6 rebounds this season.
Taj Gibson, F1/3/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Bulls F/C Taj Gibson has an injured his wrist, but is not expected to miss any time.
Insight: Gibson took a hard foul from the Celtics Jared Sullinger. He's a solid off the bench guy who averages 11.9 ppg and 6.3 rpg.
Luol Deng, F12/31/2013 7:04:00 PM
Description: Chicago small forward Luol Deng will make his return from an Achilles injury Tuesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050
Insight: We doubt he'll have a minutes restriction. Go ahead and use Deng (19.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.1 apg) as you normally would.
Luol Deng, F12/31/2013 1:32:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Luol Deng is hoping to return Tuesday against the Raptors. SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: He's sat out the last five games with a sore Achilles. Deng carries averages of 19.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 4.1 apg this season. Mike Dunleavy's fantasy value will take a hit when Deng returns.
Luol Deng, F12/30/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Chicago small forward Luol Deng won't be available Monday versus Memphis. SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Insight: It's the fifth game in a row he's missed because of an Achilles injury. Backup small forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. has averaged 10.3 ppg in Deng's absence.
Luol Deng, F12/30/2013 2:33:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Luol Deng (Achilles) did not play Saturday and is questionable for Monday's game against Memphis.
Insight: Deng took part in the morning shootaround, but will still be a game-time decision, according to Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson. He's a must start when in uniform averaging 19.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.0 spg.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/30/2013 2:30:00 PM
Description: Chicago shooting guard Jimmy Butler appeared to aggravate his turf toe injury in Saturday's loss to Dallas, but is probable for Monday's game against Memphis.
Insight: Despite the injury, Butler, who logged 46 minutes on Saturday, expects to play Monday in Memphis. Butler was a box score filler Saturday with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal. he also had seven turnovers.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/29/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: Chicago shooting guard Jimmy Butler appeared to aggravate his turf toe injury in Saturday's loss to Dallas. SOURCE: Bulls.com
Insight: The question is, why was Butler still playing with the Bulls down by 20 late in the fourth quarter? Despite the injury, Butler, who logged 46 minutes on Saturday, expects to play Monday in Memphis.
Joakim Noah, CHot12/28/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah's sore hip didn't prevent him from putting up his second 20/10 effort in his last four games Saturday against Dallas.
Insight: Noah had exactly 20 points and 10 boards in 37 minutes against the Mavericks. He's had a strong month of December, averaging 13.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals in 13 games.
Luol Deng, F12/28/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Luol Deng (Achilles) will not play Saturday.
Insight: Deng was considered doubtful earlier in the day after missing seven of the previous 10 games due to Achilles soreness, but he was able to test out the Achilles in warmups. Mike Dunleavy has been starting in Deng's place.
Luol Deng, F12/28/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Luol Deng (Achilles) will warm up and try to play Saturday, according to the Bulls official Twitter account.
Insight: Deng was considered doubtful earlier in the day after missing seven of the previous 10 games due to Achilles soreness, but he'll test out the Achilles Saturday in warmups. Check back for updates.
Luol Deng, F12/28/2013 2:01:00 PM
Description: It doesn't sound like Chicago forward Luol Deng will be available for Saturday's game against Dallas. SOURCE: K.J. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: His Achilles is still bothering him. Mike Dunleavy Jr. (10.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg) is expected to get the start in Deng's place.
Joakim Noah, C12/28/2013 1:54:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah is ready to play Saturday versus the Mavericks. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: He was questionable with a sore hip. Noah is averaging 7.1 ppg and 8.7 rpg in his career against Dallas.
Joakim Noah, C12/27/2013 2:16:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah is dealing with a hip injury and will be a game-time decision Saturday, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Noah got off to a rocky start after dealing with a groin injury during the preseason, but he's put up strong numbers lately. He's averaged 13.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks over the last 11 games.
Luol Deng, F12/27/2013 2:13:00 PM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng (Achilles) will be a game-time decision Saturday, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. He went through "most of practice" Friday.
Insight: Deng missed seven of the last 10 games due to Achilles soreness. He has averaged 24.2 points on 51 percent shooting in nine games since Derrick Rose suffered another knee injury.
Taj Gibson, FHot12/27/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Bulls F/C Taj Gibson has averaged 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game over his last 14 games.
Insight: Gibson is averaging career highs with 27 minutes, 10 field goals attempts and 12 points per game this season.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/25/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler played well in Chicago's 17-point win over Brooklyn on Christmas Day.
Insight: Butler put up 15 points with five rebounds, four assists and a steal. He's a box score filler and should get better as he gets back into the swing. His last full game before today was Dec. 18.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/25/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler practiced Monday and though listed as questionable thinks he'll play Wednesday. Latest update - Butler is active.
Insight: Butler is averaging 11.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 spg, but is capable of much more. When the team needed him last year due to multiple injuries, he averaged 14.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.7 apg in 10 April games.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/25/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich (back) was at Tuesday's practice and after a game-time decision was in the starting lineup.
Insight: Hinrich missed his fifth straight game Saturday due to a back injury. He will likely share time evenly with D.J. Augustin until he's 100 percent.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/25/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich (back) was at Tuesday's practice, but figures to be a game-time decision.
Insight: Hinrich missed his fifth straight game Saturday due to a back injury. He would likely share time evenly with D.J. Augustin until he's 100 percent.
Luol Deng, F12/25/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng (Achilles) didn't practice Monday or Tuesday and is unlikely to play on Christmas Day.
Insight: Deng has missed the last two games, but put up good numbers in the three previous contests. If he's out there, he is worth a play, but we don't think that's going to happen on Wednesday.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/25/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler practiced Monday and though listed as questionable thinks he'll play Wednesday.
Insight: Butler is averaging 11.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 spg, but is capable of much more. When the team needed him last year due to multiple injuries, he averaged 14.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.7 apg in 10 April games.
Luol Deng, F12/23/2013 5:29:00 PM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng (Achilles) didn't practice Monday and is unlikely to play on Christmas Day, according to espnchicago.com's Nick Friedell.
Insight: Deng has missed six of the past nine games due to an Achilles injury.
D.J. Augustin, GHot12/21/2013 10:47:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin had 18 points, 10 assists, two steals and four threes in 46 minutes Saturday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Augustin was awful as a backup with the Pacers last season and lasted just 10 games with Toronto before being waived this year. However, with Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich on the shelf, Augustin has received big minutes over the last four games and has put up 13.8 ppg. 8.0 apg, 1.5 spg and 2.8 3pg in that span.
Tony Snell, G12/21/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Bulls G/F Tony Snell scored 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and five triples Saturday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Luol Deng (Achilles) and Jimmy Butler (ankle) were out, leaving Snell and Mike Dunleavy to start on the wings. Both players played 40-plus minutes Saturday.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/21/2013 6:29:00 PM
Description: Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich (back) will not play Saturday, according to Nick Friedell of espn.com.
Insight: Hinrich will miss his fifth straight game due to a back injury. The team will be starting D.J. Augustin, Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell on Saturday.
Luol Deng, F12/21/2013 5:17:00 PM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng will miss a second straight game Saturday due to ongoing Achilles soreness, according to Nick Friedell of espnchicago.com.
Insight: Deng missed four games earlier this month with the injury before returning three games. Perhaps playing Deng 37 minutes per game during those three contests wasn't coach Tom Thibodeau's best idea. Deng was seen in a walking boot on Friday. With Jimmy Butler (ankle) also out, the team will start Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell at the wing spots.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/21/2013 5:12:00 PM
Description: Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler will not play Saturday due to a sprained ankle, according to Nick Friedell of espnchicago.com.
Insight: The Bulls can ill afford to lose Butler for an extended period of time again with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the season and Luol Deng dealing with ongoing Achilles soreness. Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell will likely start Saturday.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/21/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich (back) missed a fourth straight game Thursday and is questionable for Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Hinrich's back hasn't improved much. Chicago will have to keep playing D.J. Augustin, who set a season-high with 15 points.
Luol Deng, F12/21/2013 10:56:00 AM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng (Achilles) sat out Thursday due to ongoing issues with his Achilles and is questionable for Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Deng missed four games earlier this month with the injury before returning for the last three games. Perhaps playing Deng 37 minutes per game during the last three contests wasn't coach Tom Thibodeau's best idea. He was seen in a walking booton Friday.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/20/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler suffered a right ankle injury during Thursday's game and left the arena on crutches which doesn't bode well for Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: The Bulls can ill afford to lose Butler again with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the season and Luol Deng dealing with ongoing Achilles soreness. Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell will have to start if Deng and Butler miss Saturday's game.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/19/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler suffered a right ankle injury during Thursday's game and will not return, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: The Bulls can ill afford to lose Butler again with Derrick Rose (knee) out for the season and Luol Deng dealing with ongoing Achilles soreness. Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell will have to start if Deng and Butler miss Saturday's game.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/19/2013 6:49:00 PM
Description: Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich (back) will miss a fourth straight game Thursday, according to Nick Friedell of espnchicago.com.
Insight: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Hinrich's back hasn't improved much. Chicago will have to keep playing D.J. Augustin heavily.
Luol Deng, F12/19/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng (Achilles) will sit out Thursday due to ongoing issues with his Achilles, according to Nick Friedell of espnchicago.com.
Insight: Deng missed four games earlier this month with the injury before returning for the last three games. Perhaps playing Deng 37 minutes per game during the last three contests wasn't coach Tom Thibodeau's best idea.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/18/2013 3:17:00 PM
Description: The Bulls aren't expecting point guard Kirk Hinrich to play Wednesday against the Rockets. SOURCE: Nick Friedell, ESPN Chicago
Insight: He's missed the last two games with a back injury. Newly acquired point guard D.J. Augustin absorbed 37 minutes in Monday's loss to Orlando. He could see a similar workload Wednesday with Hinrich unlikely to play.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/16/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: The Bulls will be without starting point guard Kirk Hinrich on Monday night. SOURCE: Aggrey Sam, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: Hinrich has been battling a stiff back. Marquis Teague will start at the one for the second game in a row.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/16/2013 1:48:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich (back) is questionable for Monday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Hinrich missed the morning shootaround which is a bad sign, but will still be a game-time decision. The veteran has averaged 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 threes this season.
Kirk Hinrich, G12/14/2013 6:57:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich (back) will miss Saturday's game.
Insight: According to bulls.com, coach Tom Thibodeau said Hinrich's back "stiffened up." The veteran has averaged 9.9 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 threes over his last eight games.
Luol Deng, F12/14/2013 6:56:00 PM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng (Achilles) will return to the lineup Saturday.
Insight: He missed four straight games due to an Achilles injury but was playing at a high level before going down.
Joakim Noah, C12/14/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah had a big night Friday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Noah collected 21 points, 18 boards, five assists, three blocks and three steals. The 21 points and 18 rebounds were both season-highs. He'll try to do it again Saturday against the Raptors.
Luol Deng, F12/13/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng is still out with an Achilles injury. SOURCE: K.J. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Friday's game against the Bucks will be his fourth consecutive absence. Mike Dunleavy has been starting at small forward in Deng's place.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/13/2013 7:54:00 PM
Description: Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler is back after missing 11 games with a sprained toe. SOURCE: K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: It's unknown if he'll be on a minutes limit Friday against Milwaukee. Proceed cautiously.
Joakim Noah, C12/11/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Joakim Noah will return to the lineup Wednesday against New York. SOURCE: Bulls on Twitter
Insight: He took the night off Tuesday to rest his bruised thigh. Most of Noah's numbers are down from last season but it's too early for fantasy owners to give up on him.
D.J. Augustin, G12/11/2013 7:45:00 PM
Description: The Bulls signed point guard D.J. Augustin on Wednesday. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: The Raptors waived Augustin a few days ago to make room for Greivis Vasquez. He'll compete with Marquis Teague for the backup job behind starter Kirk Hinrich.
Luol Deng, F12/11/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Chicago forward Luol Deng won't participate in Wednesday's game against the Knicks. SOURCE: Bulls on Twitter
Insight: Deng's Achilles is still swollen. The good news is his MRI didn't show any structural damage. Consider Deng questionable for Friday's game in Milwaukee.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/11/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler is "close" to returning from turf toe.
Insight: Butler missed his 10th straight game Tuesday. "I can run, jump and I'm starting to change directions -- like in a defensive push-off motion," Butler said. "But it's just gradual steps for me." Thibodeau said that Butler may not get his normal minutes initially due to conditioning concerns.
Mike Dunleavy, G12/11/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy started Tuesday and had 24 points, five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two threes in 44 minutes of action.
Insight: Chicago has needed Dunleavy to play more lately with Luol Deng dealing with an Achilles injury. Deng's MRI ruled out structural damage, so he should be back sooner rather than later.
Joakim Noah, C12/10/2013 7:31:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah won't dress Tuesday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Bulls on Twitter
Insight: He's out with a bruised thigh. It's Noah's first absence of the season. Veteran Nazr Mohammed will get the start at center, though his 1.3 ppg average shouldn't attract much fantasy interest.
Luol Deng, F12/10/2013 2:00:00 PM
Description: Bulls small forward Luol Deng is out for Tuesday's game against the Bucks. He's battling multiple injuries including a tight calf muscle and a swollen Achilles.
Insight: Deng missed shootaround today so his absence shouldn't be a surprise to fantasy owners. If the swelling in his Achilles subsides, Deng could be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday against the Knicks.
Luol Deng, F12/9/2013 2:38:00 PM
Description: Bulls SG/SF Luol Deng is dealing with tightness in his left calf/swollen Achilles. He missed the morning shootaround, so he should probably be listed as doubtful.
Insight: If the swelling subsides he should be able to get back out on the court for the next game. He's a must start when playing - averaging 19.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.1 spg.
Luol Deng, F12/9/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Bulls SG/SF Luol Deng is questionable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee due to tightness in his left calf/swollen Achilles.
Insight: If the swelling subsides he should be able to get back out on the court for the next game. He's a must start when playing - averaging 19.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.1 spg.
Luol Deng, F12/8/2013 1:44:00 PM
Description: An MRI on Luol Deng's injured Achilles didn't reveal anything serious. SOURCE: ESPN Chicago
Insight: Deng admitted that there's still swelling in his Achilles but he hasn't been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee. Check back later for an update.
Luol Deng, F12/7/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Chicago small forward Luol Deng won't be in the lineup Saturday against Detroit. SOURCE: Pistons.com
Insight: Deng is battling calf stiffness. Taj Gibson will take over for Deng in the starting lineup. Deng leads the Bulls in scoring at 19.4 ppg.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/7/2013 1:58:00 PM
Description: According to Aggrey Sam of csnchicago.com, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler (turf toe) is getting closer to returning but will miss Saturday's game.
Insight: Butler will miss his ninth straight game Saturday. He'll be counted on to pick up a bigger scoring load when he returns with Derrick Rose (knee) out.
Luol Deng, FHot12/7/2013 1:55:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Luol Deng will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Pistons after missing the morning shootaround with stiffness in his left calf.
Insight: The issue has come at a bad time for Deng, who is averaging 42 minutes, 26.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists in six games since Derrick Rose suffered another knee injury.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/5/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler is still not been able to practice and the toe injury looks like it will keep him out for another week.
Insight: What was supposed to be a 2-3 week injury has already hit the three-week mark and he's not back on the practice floor. Tony Snell will continue to get the starts.
Jimmy Butler, G/F12/1/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said guard Jimmy Butler is "two steps away" from returning from turf toe, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Butler has missed six straight games and is looking at another week or two of missed action. Tony Snell will continue to start at shooting guard.
Tony Snell, G11/30/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Bulls G/F Tony Snell had a career-high 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three threes over 35 minutes Saturday against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Snell has started the last three games at shooting guard and should continue to play 30-plus minutes per game until Jimmy Butler returns to action.
Luol Deng, FHot11/30/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: The Bulls lost to the Cavaliers Saturday despite forward Luol Deng's 27 points. Deng has scored at least 22 points in each of his last four games and is averaging 25 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 6.0 apg in that span.
Insight: Deng will have to continue to score like this if the Bulls are going to have any shot of making the playoffs without Derrick Rose. With Rose out last season, Deng averaged 16.5 points on 14.6 shots per game. In 15 games this season, he's averaging 14.9 attempts and 18.2 points per game. He's also taking a career-high 5.0 free throws per game and has made 85.3 percent, also a career best.
Luol Deng, FHot11/27/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Bulls forward Luol Deng made 11-of-17 from the floor for 27 points with six boards, five dimes, two steals and one block Wednesday at Detroit.
Insight: Deng has scored at least 22 points in three straight games and averaged 22 points and 8.0 rebounds over the last four. With Derrick Rose out for the season, look for Deng to at least duplicate last season's coring average of 16.5 ppg. He's currently at 17.6 ppg.
Derrick Rose, G11/25/2013 2:43:00 PM
Description: The updated news on Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is he will have surgery to repair his torn meniscus, not remove it, Monday in Chicago.
Insight: The procedure will be performed by Dr. Brian Cole, the same doctor who operated on Rose's torn ACL back in 2012. Rose will be out for the season.
Derrick Rose, G11/24/2013 2:14:00 PM
Description: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will have surgery to repair his torn meniscus Monday in Chicago. SOURCE: Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN
Insight: The procedure will be performed by Dr. Brian Cole, the same doctor who operated on Rose's torn ACL back in 2012. Rose may be out for the season.
Derrick Rose, G11/24/2013 1:44:00 PM
Description: According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Derrick Rose's preference would be to have his meniscus reattached.
Insight: A procedure of that nature would likely cost him the rest of the season. Russell Westbrook had a similar procedure and was able to return to action in about six months. Backup Kirk Hinrich will have a chance to shine now that Rose is out for the forseeable future.
Derrick Rose, G11/24/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose isn't waiting for a second opinion on his injured right knee. He's going to have surgery in the near future. SOURCE: K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Insight: We'll be able to get a better feel for Rose's recovery timetable after the operation. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect to see Rose on a basketball court any time soon.