Bulls’ Denzel Valentine unhappy about demotion

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: Denzel Valentine #45 of the Chicago Bulls jocks for a position during the game against the Miami Heat on March 29, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chicago Bulls swingman Denzel Valentine recently voiced his displeasure over being dropped from the rotation by head coach Jim Boylen.

Valentine played solid in December after he came back from an ankle injury, scoring double figures six times in a seven-game stretch.

The Bulls, who have a 14-26 record, were 6-6 last month when Valentine played at least 10 minutes, according to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times.

“I’m definitely not happy about it,” Valentine said. “I’m a competitor. I want to play, I want to be productive, I want to help the team win. But that’s out of my control, so I’m not about to let it make [me] not happy every day.”

Chandler Hutchinson’s recent return from a shoulder injury has relegated Valentine back to the bench.

Valentine has received two straight DNP-CD and has only played a total of nine minutes in January.

He will be a restricted free agent after the season and sources around the league have said the Bulls don’t intend to re-sign him.

The Bulls would reportedly be happy to include Valentine in a trade package, as they might include him and Thaddeus Young.

“I’ve just got to take it a day at a time,” Valentine said. “I can’t try and think about the future and worry about the future because you never know what’s going to happen. If I get moved or if I stay here … I’m happy I’m in the NBA, living my dream.”