National Basketball Association warns Chicago Bulls about resting healthy players

  • National Basketball Association warns Chicago Bulls about resting healthy players

National Basketball Association warns Chicago Bulls about resting healthy players

Chicago Bulls guard/forward Justin Holiday will return to the starting lineup against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Well, nevermind-what's silly about it is the fact that the Bulls are resting healthy players.

With no shot at the postseason and a tight race determining which teams will have the best shot at the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, some teams are looking to win the race to the bottom.

At this stage of the campaign, the goal of losing teams is to secure the best possible position in the draft lottery and the league is aware they'll only do this by accruing as many losses as possible in the remaining games. Meanwhile Lopez had been producing an average of 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 57 games.

The Bulls are pulling back slightly on their tanking efforts after drawing the attention of the National Basketball Association. Lopez was averaging 25.5 minutes per game for the Bulls before the All-Star break, but has not taken the court for the team since.

"We respect the communication and cooperative dialogue with the league and will adhere to their recommendations going forward", Paxson said, via the Chicago Tribune.

So that's that. On the season, the Bulls are 21-42-making them the fourth-worst team out east. The NBA has reacted similarly in the past when contenders rest multiple healthy players on the night of a national TV game. The league warned the Bulls this week about resting healthy players, according to the report.

Lopez has been inactive for the past six games; Holiday has been inactive for five of those six.