The Bulls received clearance from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's office and are in talks with city officials to reopen the Advocate Center for limited workouts on Friday, May 29, sources tell NBC Sports Chicago Bulls insider K.C. Johnson.
Per sources, Bulls received clearance from Gov. Pritzker’s office and are in talks with city officials to safely open Advocate Center on Friday for voluntary, socially distanced player workouts that would follow league-issued safety guidelines.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 27, 2020
Workouts will be voluntary and follow current league-issued guidelines, which mandate the following:
- No more than four players may enter the facility at once
- No head or assistant coaches may participate
- Group activities and scrimmages are prohibited
- Players must wear masks except for when engaging in physical activities (via Shams Charania)
- Staff in the facility must wear gloves and physically distance by at least 12 feet (via Charania)
Pritzker has said the state of Illinois is on pace to enter Phase 3 of its reopening process on Friday. Lori Lightfoot indicated in plans released Tuesday that the city of Chicago will likely follow suit in early June, which is why the Bulls must still seek permission from city officials.
Many Bulls, upon receiving clearance from the league in March, departed the Chicagoland area. In recent weeks, some in the area have visited the Advocate Center for treatment and rehab sessions with league permission, according to Johnson.
As of yet, there has been no public indication whether or not the Bulls will be involved in the NBA's eventual bid to relaunch its season. On that front, a litany of options remain on the table — some of which the Bulls would factor into.
The Bulls last played on March 10. The NBA suspended its season on March 11 after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.