Bulls recall Denzel Valentine, Daniel Gafford from G League
The Chicago Bulls have recalled swingman Denzel Valentine and forward Daniel Gafford from their G League affiliate, the team announced on Saturday:
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 9, 2019
Valentine was expected to remain with the Windy City Bulls, but Otto Porter Jr. suffered a left foot sprain that will keep him out indefinitely, freeing up a roster spot. Meanwhile, Gafford will get another opportunity after playing just under six minutes in two games.
Both players have the ability to help the Bulls in serious areas of need.
Valentine missed all of last season after undergoing ankle surgery, but he hopes to build on a somewhat promising sophomore campaign. The former Michigan State star averaged 10.2 points per game and shot close to 39 percent from beyond the arc during the 2017-18 season.
The Bulls rank sixth in the league in terms of three-point attempts, but they are converting at a disappointing 33 percent clip. Given that the current roster is built for “pace and space,” Valentine should see some opportunities to provide offense from the perimeter.
Chicago’s frontcourt depth is also rather thin. Their interior defense has been compromised due to nightly foul trouble for Wendell Carter Jr., and they miss Robin Lopez down low.
The front office was criticized for sending Gafford to the G League despite a strong showing at the NBA Summer League. The second-round pick out of Arkansas displayed tremendous athleticism and defensive versatility, and he will hope to see more run in his second stint with the Bulls.
Chicago will hope to establish some momentum against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.