Valentine had a scope of his left ankle, and is expected to face 3-to-4 weeks of rehab, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. Valentine sprained the ankle twice during the regular season. The procedure was not serious, and he is expected to be back in time for summer league. The Michigan State product produced an average of 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.3 triples across 17.1 minutes per game in his rookie season with the Bulls. It remains to be seen how the Bulls plan to address their backcourt situation in the offseason,
Valentine tallied 12 points (3-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 32 minutes in a 99-93 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday. Valentine had fallen into a bit of a scoring lull with nine or fewer points in his last four games heading into Thursday, but he gave the Bulls a spark off the bench with his three-point shooting in the upset victory. The rookie finished March with a respectable 36.6 percent mark from downtown, but struggled from the field overall, shooting just 35.1 percent. Because such a high volume of his shot attempts come from the perimeter, Valentine's field-goal percentage figures to largely remain a sinkhole the rest of the way, but so long as fantasy owners can stomach the hit in that category, the first-round pick could be a decent asset in deeper leagues down the stretch thanks to his contributions in three-pointers, points and rebounds.
Valentine recorded 11 points (4-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt), 12 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 28 minutes during a 95-86 win over the Jazz on Saturday. Valentine secured his first career double-double as he tallied an impressive all-around line. The 12 rebounds easily eclipsed his previous season high of seven boards. Valentine has scored in double figures in five straight games, and has posted decent all-around numbers in that stretch, with averages of 11.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.8 three-pointers made per game. Owners in need of low-end all-around support could benefit by adding Valentine to finish the season.
Valentine tallied 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and three rebounds across 23 minutes during Sunday's 100-80 loss to the Celtics. Valentine has been seeing extended run after Doug McDermott was traded to the Thunder -- averaging 7.6 points on 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists across 21.4 minutes per game since the All-Star break. Though he likely won't see a much more significant jump in his fantasy value the rest of the season than he has since the break, Valentine can be a nice addition to deeper leagues due to his three-point shooting -- knocking down 2.0 of his 5.0 attempts per game over the past nine outings. He may also be three-position eligible depending on the fantasy website, slightly boosting his value.
Valentine compiled 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists over 20 minutes in Saturday's 117-99 win over the Cavaliers. With Doug McDermott now in Oklahoma City, the 2016 first-round pick appears to have a fairly clear path to playing time for the moment. Valentine parlayed his opportunity Saturday into his second straight double-digit scoring effort, and his long-range marksmanship was pivotal to his success once again. Valentine has now shot 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from behind the arc over the last two games, although it's notable that this level of success is atypical for him thus far in his rookie campaign. The Michigan State product had shot just 33.6 percent from the field and 33 percent from downtown over 33 games coming in to Saturday's contest, so expectations should be tempered until he can prove his hot hand isn't a temporary phenomenon.
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