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Jul 18 2016

Aaron Brooks

Update: N/A

Analysis: The eight-year veteran has spent the last two seasons backing up Derrick Rose with the Bulls and is coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he posted averages of 7.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists over 16 minutes per game. Brooks will join the Pacers as depth at point guard and will likely share a backup role with Rodney Stuckey. However, Brooks shouldn't see a huge jump in minutes despite the change in scenery, so his fantasy value may remain a bit restricted.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jul 14 2016

Pau Gasol

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Analysis: Gasol's contract includes a $15.33 million player option for the 2017-18 season, which he could choose to exercise if he's able to continue to playing at a high level in his first campaign with the Spurs. The 36-year-old certainly didn't seem to be over the hill in 2015-16 with the Bulls, averaging 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocks in 31.8 minutes per game while earning the sixth All-Star nod of his career. With Tim Duncan deciding to retire following a Hall of Fame career, Gasol represents a worthy inheritor to the starting center spot for the Spurs. He'll likely see more games off for rest and fewer minutes this season in accordance with coach Gregg Popovich's preference to limit the wear and tear on his veterans during the regular season, but Gasol still figures to be one of the top fantasy assets at the center spot due to his strong shooting marks from the field and free-throw line and his strong contributions across multiple counting stats categories.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 23 2016

Jimmy Butler

Update: N/A

Analysis: Talks have been swirling this week about the possibility of the Bulls dealing away Butler, but those discussions may have lost some momentum after the team decided to trade their other high-profile backcourt starter, Derrick Rose, to the Knicks. With Butler's future with the Bulls seemingly secure for the time being, he can turn his attention to participating in his first Olympic Games. While Butler has fully established himself as a franchise player the last two seasons, he might have trouble finding the court on a star-studded U.S. roster. He'll have to compete for minutes with a group of wings that includes Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 22 2016

Tony Snell

Update: N/A

Analysis: Snell hasn't shown much improvement over his three seasons with the Bulls and while he's a sound defender, he doesn't contribute enough on the offense end. He has one more season left on his current contract with the team, but don't expect his role to increase much in 2016-17.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 22 2016

Bobby Portis

Update: N/A

Analysis: Portis didn't see much run early last season due to the team's glut of big men, but when injuries began to thin the ranks, the rookie showed plenty of promise. He was quite productive as a scorer and rebounder on a per-minute basis, and his ability to extend his range to the three-point line makes him an intriguing prospect. With Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah likely to depart in free agency this opportunity, a starting role could be in the cards for Portis, who makes for a excellent fantasy sleeper if the opportunity for big minutes exists right off the bat in 2016-17.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 22 2016

Joakim Noah

Update: N/A

Analysis: A favorite of former coach Tom Thibodeau, Noah moved to the bench to begin last season under new head man Fred Hoiberg, and struggled to make an impact offensively before he was shut down in January after dislocating his left shoulder. Noah is still a high-energy player who attacks the glass, but with the Bulls aiming to get younger in the frontcourt, the soon-to-be free agent will likely move on from the organization this summer. The Bulls' recent acquisition of center Robin Lopez virtually ensures that Noah will be headed elsewhere.

Injury: YES

Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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Jun 22 2016

E'Twaun Moore

Update: N/A

Analysis: Moore was one of the view overachievers on a disappointing Bulls team, as he leapfrogged Aaron Brooks on the depth chart as the top backup and point guard and was a serviceable replacement in the starting five on the occasions when Derrick Rose was forced to sit out with injuries. As a player who can fit at both guard spots, Moore should attract some interest in free agency, and while the Bulls would like to have him back, his asking price might be too high for the team.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 22 2016

Nikola Mirotic

Update: N/A

Analysis: Mirotic has tantalizing talent, as he can both shoot well from behind the arc and also drive the lane, a rare combination for a player of his size. He still has a ways to go on the defensive end, however, but could be in for increased playing next season as the Bulls embrace more of a rebuilding effort.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 22 2016

Doug McDermott

Update: N/A

Analysis: McDermott saw increased playing time over his rookie campaign and more than tripled his points per game average. The small forward still has a ways to go before he becomes a major fantasy asset, but he does provide value with his ability to knock down three-pointers and hit them at a high percentage.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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Jun 22 2016

Taj Gibson

Update: N/A

Analysis: Gibson was forced to make more starts than expected coming into the season after Joakim Noah (shoulder) missed much of the campaign. While Gibson was a valuable member of the Bulls, his additional opportunities didn't frequently translate to big fantasy lines. The Bulls are looking to get younger and more athletic this summer, so it's possible they could look to trade Gibson, who only has one year remaining on his contract.

Injury: NO

Injury Status: No

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