Bulls Notes: Valentine, Hoiberg, Parker, Mirotic

Denzel Valentine has yet to appear in a game this season for the Bulls, and his 2018/19 debut isn’t imminent. As The Chicago Sun-Times relays (via Twitter), executive VP of basketball operations John Paxson indicated on Wednesday that Valentine’s left ankle isn’t responding well, prompting the team to pump the brakes on his rehab and rule him out indefinitely.

With Valentine still on the shelf, the team figures to continue relying on rookie Chandler Hutchison in a regular rotation role. Chicago also appears to qualify for the hardship provision, which allows an injury-ravaged team to add a 16th man to its 15-man roster when it’s missing at least four players. Valentine, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis, and Lauri Markkanen are all in the midst of extended absences for the Bulls, but there has been no word on the team applying for or receiving that roster exception.

Here’s more from out of Chicago:

  • It looks like there’s a real possibility that the 2018/19 season could be Fred Hoiberg‘s last with the Bulls, says Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. If that happens, GM Gar Forman should follow Hoiberg out the door, Cowley argues.
  • Hoiberg had a heated discussion with Jabari Parker during Wednesday’s loss, according to Cowley, who notes that Parker jogged down the floor on back-to-back defensive possessions before Hoiberg called timeout and had words with him.
  • Bulls center Wendell Carter, a former Duke Blue Devil, raved about his alma mater’s 2018/19 roster, suggesting that he believes Zion Williamson will “translate perfectly” to the NBA, as Cowley details. However, Carter doesn’t want to see the Bulls go into tank mode to try to land one of those top Duke prospects in next year’s draft. “I feel like we’ve just got to try to win every game,” he said. “If we lose, but we’re playing hard, that’s one thing, but I wouldn’t feel good losing games on purpose.”
  • In yet another article for The Sun-Times, Cowley revisits Nikola Mirotic‘s time in Chicago, suggesting that the front office “couldn’t wait to deal him” and some of his teammates “weren’t exactly sad” that Bobby Portis punched him during a practice last fall. Hoiberg and Robin Lopez spoke highly of Mirotic, however.
  • Sam Smith of Bulls.com explores where things stand for two-way player Tyler Ulis, who finds himself on the Windy City Bulls after spending the last two seasons as an NBA rotation player.
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4 thoughts on “Bulls Notes: Valentine, Hoiberg, Parker, Mirotic

  1. Well that shows you the low moral compass that Portis & some of his teammates have got, really Chicago as always chose the bad portion as Mirotic has been on a tear since he went to the Pels & Portis as always he ain’t not doing nothing. Typical Bulls.

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    • GuruGray

      Portis has been injured lol. You expect him to ball out while rehabbing?

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  2. Ironmonger835

    They really need Valentine. Cameron Payne is awful.

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    • bravesfan88
      bravesfan88

      They should really be giving more minutes to Harrison and even Ullis, Payne has repeatedly shown he’s pretty terrible. He’s had what, maybe one or two games where he actually looked like an NBA-caliber PG..Othe then that, his tenure as a Bull has been less than inspiring..To put it extremely nicely!!

      Also, Barrett should be the Bulls top pick, if they get a chance. He’d be a perfect fit for the Bulls current young core..He’s definitely their missing piece they’ll need to turn around their rebuild..Barrett and a couple of solid vets around Dunn, LaVine, Carter Jr., Markkanen, Portis, and Valentine could very well be the start of something very promising in Chicago..

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