The Bulls could be facing a classic good-newsbad-news situation when they host the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, point guard Derrick Rose plans to return and face New Jersey. Rose hasn't played since Jan. 14, missing the last four games due to a sprained left big toe. That's the good news.
The bad news: small forward Luol Deng might be forced to miss his first game of the season due to a sprained left wrist he suffered Saturday vs. Charlotte. Deng said x-rays taken after the game were fine, but he underwent an MRI Sunday and the results are not known at this time.
Its fine. I just got hit on it, Deng said after Saturday's game vs. Charlotte.
Meanwhile, center Joakim Noah will likely be a gametime decision based on how his sprained ankle reacts during warmups. Noah described the problems the ankle caused him before deciding to sit out Saturday night.
I tried everything I could, said Noah. I had no push whatsoever. There was just no point in trying to play."
Johnson reports power forward Taj Gibson is likely to miss Monday's game with a sprained ankle he suffered Friday night in Cleveland. John Lucas III told CSNChicago.com's Aggrey Sam that he expects to return to the lineup Monday.
The Bulls' defense just got a whole lot better.
Just a few hours after signing free agent center Luke Kornet, the Bulls have brought back guard Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal.
Harrison's non-guaranteed deal had been waived earlier in the month to make room for Thaddeus Young's three-year, $41 million deal.
It's not an Earth-shattering move that will shift any championship odds in Vegas, but Harrison's return gives the Bulls an outstanding defender and a 25-year-old who spread his wings offensively toward the end of last season.
Harrison's defensive worth really can't be understated. He was statistically one of the best defensive guards in the NBA last season.
His offense is another story. He doesn't exactly have ball-handling capability and his shooting splits - .432/.270/.667 - were nothing to write home about. He averaged 6.5 points in 19.6 minutes.
But he also took on an increased role late in the season with the Bulls "resting" their top-tier players. Over the final 10 games of the season, averaging 30.8 minutes a night, Harrison averaged 12.8 points on 45.8% shooting, 35.3% from deep and even managed 2.2 assists.
He'll slot in somewhere behind Zach LaVine on the second unit, with he, Denzel Valentine, Coby White and Kris Dunn (for now) battling for minutes in the backcourt.
Additional moves could be coming for the Bulls, who could still easily waive Antonio Blakeney's contract or deal Dunn to get the Bulls to 15 contracts. Kornet and Harrison would give the Bulls 16 contracts.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Mark Strotman, and Matt Peck discuss NBA Summer League and Bulls odds to make the postseason.
0:45 Impressions of Bulls at Summer League and not overreacting
2:00 On concern over Coby White’s 3-point shooting
3:25 On the positive signs from White in Vegas
4:40 On the pushback that Ricky O’Donnell got from suggesting Arci may be ahead of White in the rotation
7:30 Did the Bulls have an underrated offseason?
9:45 How the biggest concern and reason for optimism is health
12:00 Why a deeper roster puts more pressure on Jim Boylen and his staff
16:10 Any chance of John Sabine trying out for the Windy City Bulls?
17:05 Our favorites in the wide open Western Conference and can the Lakers make it work?
21:55 Can the Bucks put it together and win the East next season?
25:10 Darkhorse team in either conference?
28:05 Is it too much to expect the Bulls to make the playoffs?
Bulls Talk Podcast