Denzel Valentine Rumors

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Denzel Valentine
Denzel Valentine
Position: G
Born: 11/16/93
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $2,186,400
NBA locker rooms can be fragile places — some more than others. That’s what makes the Nikola Mirotic storyline so interesting these days. The Bulls forward basically says whatever is on his mind, like it or not. The real question, however, is whether Mirotic’s confidence is rubbing off on his teammates or simply rubbing them the wrong way. It depends on which Bulls player you talk to. ‘‘We’re not going to let the things he says ruin the team, ruin the team mood or whatever,’’ guard Denzel Valentine said. ‘‘That’s how he feels. He’s a competitor. We can’t take it as he means that derogatory to anybody. ‘‘Of course, he wants to come in and contribute because that’s what he does. So if he feels like he didn’t get the chance to contribute [against the Knicks], then he’s going to speak his mind. That’s the type of person Niko is.’’
It was a small thing last season, understandably overlooked amidst all the confusion with whose team it was, whose vets would do what to whom and who was next to be traded, bought out or released. Chicago police quietly wrote out six tickets to Denzel Valentine for loitering, standing in the baseline corner and basically never moving. OK, it really didn’t happen, but it could have the way the Bulls and Valentine played last season. “I was programmed from last year to just catch and shoot a three,” said Valentine. “Get yourself going from three and that’s how you are going to be inserted into the game. But that’s not my game at all. That’s just a piece of my game.”
“I give Denzel Valentine credit,” said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “He’s not playing outside himself right now. Earlier in the season, if he wasn’t getting shots he’d take a crazy one. Now he’s letting the game come to him. He’s a guy we can play through because he gives us another playmaker out there on the floor. The thing I talk to him a lot about even when he was going through his struggles, he’s one of our better team defenders. He gets himself in help positions very well and that’s what’s kept him on the floor even when he wasn’t scoring for us. Now his confidence has been high because he’s gotten off to some good starts offensively with making shots. If he can continue to play with that type of rhythm, obviously, it helps us because of his ability to be a playmaker.”