National Basketball Association reportedly warns Bulls about tanking and resting healthy players too often

National Basketball Association reportedly warns Bulls about tanking and resting healthy players too often

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. And the Chicago Bulls happen to be the team in their cross-hairs. That led to plenty of questions around the league about where that line is, especially for the franchises in the eight-team tankapaloza going on at the bottom of the National Basketball Association standings right now. However, there's also a chance that he will be rested once they play again at home on Tuesday versus the L.A. Clippers, according to Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore.

Paxson said in a statement to several outlets that "after healthy dialogue, the league determined that their situations fall into the "player rest" policy".

"After the All-Star break, we had communication with the league office about Robin and Justin's roles", said Paxson, per ESPN's Nick Fridell.

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The Bulls didn't go the full Mark Cuban and tell everyone tanking would be good for them, but their front office did say at the All-Star break they had instructed coach Fred Hoiberg to prioritize playing the young guys. Lopez has sat out the past six games for Chicago while Holiday has missed five of the past six, leaving the Bulls without two of their most productive players and respected leaders.

The Bulls, like many teams around the league, are focused on this spring's upcoming draft lottery and have made it clear that they want to see how younger players on their roster do with extended minutes.

The Bulls are 21-42 and now sit in the eighth position in the lottery, per ESPN. However, despite all of the losing lately, they have just the eighth-worst record overall.

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