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Bulls Exercise Options On Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine

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The Chicago Bulls have exercised their 2019-2020 team options on Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine, which guarantees their salaries for next season, per an official team announcement on Tuesday.

Dunn and Valentine options are for the fourth and final year of their respective rookie scale contracts which will see Dunn have a cap hit of $5,348,007, while Valentine will see a cap charge of $3,377,569.

Markkanen’s $5,300,400 option is for his third year, which will give the Bulls another option decision next October, and he won’t be contract extension-eligible until 2020.

 

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn Discusses New Offensive Role

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The Chicago Bulls have undergone some big changes throughout the course of the 2018-2019 season, from the departure of Fred Hoiberg as head coach, to some drama under new head coach Jim Boylen.

Boylen has worked in a new offensive system, which has Dunn playing a different role to suit their new, traditional half court offense.

Dunn, has remained positive despite the changes.

“Nah. I think I got good listening skills,” Dunn said, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. “I just listen to what coaches want me to do. I’m never one to disobey Coach’s rules.”

“There have been games where it worked. And there have been games where it’s on us to make shots. We’ve been getting good looks. We’ve been getting downhill from the offense. So it’s on us.”

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Pelicans, Rockets Interested in Bulls’ Justin Holiday

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Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday is drawing interest from two Western Conference teams, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets, according to The Athletic’s Jordan Brenner.

Holiday is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and with Chicago looking to rebuild, he could fetch some draft pick assets via a trade.

Holiday is averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Bulls this season.

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Bulls’ Bobby Portis Out With Sprained Ankle

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Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis will be out of action for the next two-to-four weeks with a sprained ankle, the team announced on Twitter on Thursday.

INJURY UPDATE: Bobby Portis injured his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the Bulls game vs. the Brooklyn Nets last night. An MRI and repeat physical exam were performed this morning, and he was diagnosed with a sprained ankle. Portis will be out two-to-four weeks. pic.twitter.com/MzdSqO7gSp— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 20, 2018

Portis has scored 11.9 points per game, hauled in 8.0 rebounds, and dished 1.2 assists per game this season for Chicago.

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