Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in an altercation that resulted in Mirotic suffering two broken bones in his face after Portis punched him, according to sources.
Mirotic, who’s out indefinitely, was evaluated for a concussion and taken to a hospital, where he was released but was apparently a bit out of it, according to a source. The altercation began with pushing and shoving between the two before Mirotic lunged forward at Portis and Portis hit Mirotic, sending him to the floor.
“I’ve seen worse,” a witness said.
Mirotic was taken to the training room and Portis went to the other side of the floor.
Apparently the two have had testy moments since Portis entered the league in 2015. The two play the same position and have battled for minutes, with Portis often getting the short end in the rotation.
Where this leaves Portis with the Bulls for the immediate future as far as a suspension is unknown.
But what was supposed to be a so-called nondescript season has suddenly put the spotlight on the players and the coaching staff, who’ll have to navigate the relationship between the two teammates.
Point Guard of the Future Part VIII?
The Bulls added another guard to their already-claustrophobic backcourt on Monday, claiming Kay Felder off free agency waivers, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.
Felder, 22, was dealt alongside Richard Jefferson from the Cavaliers to the Hawks on Saturday before being immediately waived.
The Bulls then decided to take a flyer on the Oakland University product because why the heck not? Barring some type of NBA miracle, the Bulls are on a season-long march to the lottery, so adding another young player can't hurt. Even if Felder is now the fifth point guard, joining Cameron Payne, Kris Dunn, Ryan Arcidiacono and Jerian Grant, on the squad.
In 42 games with the Cavs last season, Felder averaged four points and 1.4 assists in just over nine minutes. He was drafted with the hope that he could further his NCAA reputation as a scorer. However, he connected on just 39 percent from the field during his rookie season. He's also undersized -- like Nate Robinson-Isaiah Thomas Undersized -- lowering his ceiling as a defender.
Whether he can find a niche as a second-unit heat check guy remains to be seen, but with Kris Dunn expected to miss a few weeks, it gives Fred Hoiberg another option at the very least. He's also former NBA All-Star Steve Smith's cousin, should you believe in the power of basketball families.
In a corresponding move, the Bulls waived Diamond Stone and preseason hero, Jarell Eddie.
What would a Bulls team featuring Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James — all in their primes — look like? To the opposition, probably pretty damn frightening.
The tormenting 'what if' is again pertinent after Derrick Rose told the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson that he indeed tried to recruit the two stars in 2010 free agency, dispelling the notion that Rose wouldn't participate in building a superteam.
"People always said I didn't recruit. I tried to recruit. I put out a video," Rose said to the Tribune. "But it wasn't for me to say that. I felt like the organization was supposed to say that. And they didn't."
Obviously, the video Rose apparently sent to big-name free agents didn't sway any decisions, as Wade, James and Chris Bosh joined forces in South Beach. But it's OK to dream.
Nobody could say for certain how the three stars would have meshed or how the Bulls' young core at the time would have developed, but there are a few assumptions we're ready to make:
- The Bulls would have won multiple championships. We're not going to say how many, but the Bulls would have been a favorite to win the NBA Championship every season the trio played together. With three guys who can pretty much score at will and Tom Thibodeau's defensive gameplanning, the Bulls would be an absolute monster in the playoffs. Another factor going for them would be the Eastern Conference. Barring anything extremely ridiculous, they would have — at the very least — made the NBA Finals each year.
- D-Rose would not have won the 2011 MVP. You think Rose would get nearly the amount of touches he did with Wade and James in the midst of their primes? We don't. It's hard to envision a scenario where Rose would have had the offensive freedom to put up numbers good enough for the NBA's top individual award. On many possessions that season, Rose was given free reign on offense because of the lack of viable scorers. He and Luol Deng were the two that could create their own shot. If anyone on the fictional superteam were to win MVP, it would have been James.
- Tom Thibodeau would still be the head coach. How could you get rid of a championship winning coach? You couldn't. We're willing to gamble that the relationship between Thibs and the front office wouldn't have turned sour with Larry O'Brien trophies in the equation.
- The LeBron James-Michael Jordan debate would be... interesting. Many Chicagoans aren't willing to recognize the true greatness of James because of hometown bias. With James and Jordan both having suited up for the Bulls, the never-ending debate may have at least been entertained in the Windy City.
- The team would not still be intact. Home is where the heart is. We're going to guess that LeBron still would have returned to Cleveland.