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Bulls active in pre-draft workout process

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Bulls active in pre-draft workout process

As is usually the case with teams that enjoy regular-season success, the Bulls won't have the opportunity to pick from the top-heavy slew of prospects considered to have star potential in the upcoming NBA Draft.

However, with the 29th overall selection, they will have a chance to find a diamond in the rough for a roster in need of contributors next season, regardless of prior professional experience.

Now, it may be asking too much for the front office to get a late first-round pick as ready to immediately establish himself as Taj Gibson, the No. 26 pick back in 2009, but next season, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau might not have the luxury of easing along a rookie as slowly as he did with backup center Omer Asik or swingman Jimmy Butler in the past.

The organization has already begun the process of bringing in prospects and there has been and will continue to be a flurry of activity leading to this week's NBA pre-draft combine in Chicago.

Over the weekend, the Bulls worked out Michigan State forward Draymond Green, St. Bonaventure power forward Andrew Nicholson and Iona point guard Scott Machado, a rare trio of four-year college players considered first-round prospects.

Monday, the last scheduled the last Berto Center workout on the slate until the following week, according to a source. Monday's workout is scheduled to feature Syracuse center Fab Melo, Vanderbilt sharpshooter John Jenkins, Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham and Xavier point guard Tu Holloway, among others.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: