Just two years after being drafted in the second round, Paul Zipser told German media that he doesn’t see the Bulls wanting him next season.
The Bulls have until mid-July to pick up Zipser's option.
"I would not be surprised if they no longer want me.” Zipser said in German and translated via Google Translate
“Actually, I'm pretty sure I will not play in Chicago soon.”
Last month, Zipser had surgery on his fractured left foot, in his native country of Germany, which grew speculation the Bulls wouldn’t pick up his player option for next season. Zipser said the surgery "went perfectly."
Zipser showed some flashes of potential in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 per game and 2.8 rebounds in 44 games. But this past season, he played more games, but injuries derailed him from improving his overall production. He finished with four points and 2.4 rebounds in 54 games, including 12 starts.
Zipser explained that things changed from his first year to his second year.
“They were very varied," Zipser said. "The first year was just going very well. I fought my way into the team from the beginning and showed how I can help the team. The Bulls just needed someone like me. That's why it worked so well. We benefited from each other - that's why we were successful.”
“That was very different. It was not right from the beginning, and I was already struggling with my injury. It was not quite clear what it is. If you have pain in your foot, you automatically go down a bit with intensity. You just do not want to hurt yourself and be completely out. It was then difficult for me to keep my head in the sport - I did not manage that well. Nevertheless, the injury should not be an excuse.”
Nothing is official yet, but it sounds like Zipser might not dress up in a Bulls uniform next year.