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National Basketball Association warns Chicago Bulls about resting healthy players

Chicago Bulls Kris Dunn goes up for a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday National Basketball Association warns Chicago Bulls about resting healthy players
Kristopher Love | 08 March, 2018, 13:02

The NBA wants teams to put their best players on the floor at all times.

Like many teams across the league, Chicago is focused on this summer's draft but they have made it clear that they are keen to see how their young players perform with extended minutes in regards to their recent lineup changes.

While some National Basketball Association teams battle for playoff seeding, others are jockeying for position at the bottom of the standings. Lopez (12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds) has sat the last six games, while Holiday (13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds) has played just once in the previous six.

Bulls executive vice president John Paxson says the team will no longer rest Robin Lopez or Justin Holliday after receiving a reminder from the league office about player rest and tanking.

The league decreased the odds of the team with the worst record winning the lottery, and the NBA's Board of Governors gave Commissioner Adam Silver authority to fine teams that violate the new guidelines about resting players. "We respect the communication and cooperative dialogue with the league and will adhere to their recommendations going forward", he continued.

For their part, the Bulls have been very cautious not to make any reference to tanking or losing games with Paxson and head coach Fred Hoiberg repeatedly saying that they would like to get a look at the prospects they have in the future.

The Bulls now hold the 8th-worst winning percentage in the league, giving them only a 2.8% shot at the first overall pic. The team has lost five of the six games in which he Saturday Justin Holiday, who is averaging 13 points per game, has only played once since the All-Star break.