Five Things to Watch: Bulls square off against Pelicans

Five Things to Watch: Bulls square off against Pelicans

Watch as the Bulls take on the Pelicans tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Brow and Boogie. The combination of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis gives the Pelicans the most dominant frontcourt in the league. Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic and Joffrey Lauvregne will have their hands full. Cristiano Felicio may also see some run.

2. Rajon Rondo staying hot. Now entrenched as the starter, Rondo went for 25 points and 10 rebounds against the Hawks on Sunday. What will he do for an encore?

3. Keeping the streak going. The Bulls have won three straight games, all against playoff opponents. Now the "easy" stretch comes, with six games against teams with losing records. Can the Bulls keep this solid play up?

4. The playoff push continues. Yes, somehow the Bulls are now sitting No. 7 in the East, holding tiebreakers over both the Heat and Pacers. They should have no problem getting into the postseason, and picking up a road win here would be huge.

5. Don't forget about Jrue Holiday. The Pellies are more than just DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. Jrue Holiday, and impending free agent, is putting together a career year. Expect more Michael Carter-Williams for defensive purposes.

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Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Don't expect to see Michael Carter-Williams in the fold for the Bulls guard spots next season.

The organization is reportedly declining the qualifying option for the young guard, according to John Paxson on David Kaplan's radio show:

Carter-Williams, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Bucks last October in a move that sent Tony Snell to Milwaukee. Snell — the Bulls' first round pick (20th overall) in 2013 — turned in a career year with the Bucks, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while making 80 starts.

Meanwhile, Carter-Williams appeared in only 45 games (19 starts) for the Bulls, suffering through the worst season of his professional career. He was drafted 11th overall in the same year the Bulls took Snell and Carter-Williams burst onto the scene with 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Carter-Williams was then traded to the Bucks in February 2015. He shot only 36.6 percent from the field in 2016-17 while averaging 18.8 minutes per game.

The Bulls are stacked at guard with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo currently under contract plus 2016 first-round pick Denzel Valentine, Jerian Grant (acquired in the Derrick Rose trade), Cameron Payne (acquired in the Taj Gibson deal), Isaiah Canaan and then Kris Dunn and Zack LaVine (who were both acquired in the Jimmy Butler blockbuster last week).

Ways to watch, stream Bulls introductory press conference for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen

Ways to watch, stream Bulls introductory press conference for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen

The Chicago Bulls will introduce Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen today, and you can watch on CSN or live stream at CSNChicago.com/watchlive.

Tune in as coverage starts at 11 a.m. with players set to take the podium. 

The trio was acquired in the Bulls' trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. LaVine is rehabbing from a torn ACL, which cut his strong campaign short last season. Dunn is coming into his second season and was a player Gar/Pax thought highly of in last year's draft. Markkanen is a stretch-four that was drafted out of Arizona with the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Read more about the new Bulls in Mark Strotman's scouting report.