Chicago Bulls being warned about possible tanking by National Basketball Association


According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Chicago Bulls received a warning from the league about resting healthy starters, namely Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday. If they can lose just two games below the current field, they could fall to 3rd-worst in the league and a 15% chance at picking first. The Bulls, 21-42, now sits at the 12th spot in the East.

Robin Lopez, who is averaging 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, has not played since February 14 despite being healthy.

After the National Basketball Association issued a warning to the Chicago Bulls this week about resting healthy players, the franchise now plans to play veteran starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday more extensively the remainder of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. If they continue at this pace, they will have a 9.9 percent chance of landing a top-three pick in the coming draft.

The Chicago Tribune reported both players will play limited minutes under a plan that was devised after "cordial" and " cooperative" discussions between the team and the league.

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But Bulls Executive Vice President Bill Paxson says they and the league did talk things over. Lopez has missed the last six games and Holliday five of the last six.

One day later, commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to all 30 teams the content of which made it very clear that the league would not stand any kind of tanking.

"After the All-Star break, we had communication with the league office about Robin and Justin's roles", Paxson said. They host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.