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Rose expects to play Sunday

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Rose expects to play Sunday

Barring any setbacks, Derrick Rose expects to return to the lineup for the Bulls Sunday against the New York Knicks.

Im feeling good, said Rose. My groin is not bothering me. Im happy to move on and my spirits are up. Today is my first full practice, just practicing with the guys felt good out there and hopefully Ill be playing Sunday.

Coach Tom Thibodeau didnt share the point guards thought process, listing his status as only game-time and said the team is optimistic and hopeful about his return.

He just has to keep making the progress that hes making, said Thibodeau. Hes practiced well, hasnt had any problems the next day and as long as it stays that way, hopefully, hell be ready.

Rose has missed 12 straight games since straining his groin on Mar. 12th against the Knicks and the Bulls have gone 8-4 in that frame without him.

Even with the teams success without him, it appears not even his coach is going to hold him from playing on Sunday.

Its really not up to him, its up to me, said Rose. If Im feeling good, Im going to play, if I think that I need some more days of rest, than Im going to take some more days, but more than likely, Ill be out there Sunday.

Rose also said it will most likely be up to how hes feeling regarding how many minutes he plays and joked that if the game was closed, he might have to fight his way to get back onto the court.

His conditioning also isnt a concern to him as he said he has run a lot since being cleared to along with running in the pool.

He participated in three-on-three on Friday and did some one-on-one, isolation plays that included cutting a lot and chasing after John Lucas IIII, so it sounds like all signs point to him being ready to play.

Hes never missed an extended amount of time like this before, but every other time when he comes back, he usually gets up to speed pretty quickly, said Thibodeau on Rose getting back into a rhythm. Hes been putting a lot of extra time in, so hopefully hell be ready once hes out there.

Well see where he is. Hes missed quite a bit of time. Well see where his conditioning is and how hes feeling. The important thing is we want to be smart about it.

The Bulls have just 10 games remaining until the playoffs and Sundays matchup could be a potential glimpse of who theyll be seeing in the first round as the Knicks are trying to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Add Basketball Insiders to the list of fans of the Bulls offseason

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Add Basketball Insiders to the list of fans of the Bulls offseason

Basketball Insiders is starting to roll out their NBA offseason grades and in a continued string of positive publicity for the Bulls, they received a “B"  for their moves this summer. 

The main reason for Basketball Insider's David Yapkowitz feeling great about the Bulls offseason was the fact that they made stable moves that added solid veteran talent to their young, upside-filled core. He addresses how Chicago would've loved for their woeful 22-60 record in the 2018-19 season to result in a top-3 pick but are still pleased with how things went on draft night because of the obvious fit of Coby White fits an obvious need at the one.

White is more of a scorer than a natural playmaker—likely part of the reason the Bulls didn't get an "A"—but Basketball Insiders note that White showed some playmaking skills at summer league, something we have touched on in recent days. 

Ultimately White finished Summer League averaging 4.8 assists and3.8 turnovers per game and looked like the exact type of prospect the Bulls need to kick their offense into high-gear sooner than later. Coby White love aside, Yapkowitz lauds the Bulls drafting Daniel Gafford in the second round as a replacement for Robin Lopez. 

Summer League isn’t always a great indicator of how a player will translate to the NBA, but Gafford was solid as a finisher around the rim and a shot blocker in the paint. He may end up becoming one of the steals of the draft.

-David Yapkowitz 

The Tomas Satoransky sign-and-trade was received well by most and Basketball Insiders were also fans of this move. Satoransky stands 6-foot-7 and is a career 40 percent 3-point shooter who will both provide additional spacing for LaVine and as function as a solid playmaker as well.

The addition of Satoransky allows the Bulls to bring the 19-year old White along slowly and Yapkowitz calls Satoransky "a perfect stop-gap as the starting point guard while White develops".

He also comments on Satoransky being a perfect fit next LaVine. The perfect fit label can also be applied to new Bulls forward Thaddeus Young, whose defensive versatility and leadership will be excellent boosts to this young Bulls squad. Basketball Insiders stated that Young will bring "consistency on and off the court.

Opinions on the Bulls offseason have been mostly positive and Basketball Insiders even touched on smaller moves, like the additions of two-way player Adam Mokoka and stretch-five Luke Kornet, being solid deals. 

The Eastern Conference will be wide-open next season with the departure of Kawhi Leonard to the West and if the Bulls offseason additions contribute as much as expected, the Bulls could have a legitimate shot at competing for a playoff spot in the bottom half of the conference.

Bulls reportedly agree to two-year, fully guaranteed deal with Luke Kornet

Bulls reportedly agree to two-year, fully guaranteed deal with Luke Kornet

According to a report from Shams Charania, the Bulls have agreed to a fully guaranteed,  two-year, $4.5 million deal with Luke Kornet. The 7-foot-1 big man out of Vanderbilt is a stretch-five with some shot-blocking ability as well. 

Last season Kornet shot a career-best 36.3 percent from the 3-point line on 193 attempts. He will likely get a chance to compete for a rotation spot in a very young Bulls frontcourt that contains third-year player Lauri Markkanen, second-year players Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison, and rookie Daniel Gafford.

Over 66 career games, Kornet has averaged 14.8 points, 6.2 rebounds. 2.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per 36 minutes.

Kornet played his best basketball of the season against the Bulls last year averaging 15 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2assists, and 3.3 blocks while shooting a scorching-hot 53.1 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from the 3-point line. The Bulls front office hopes those flashes against the Bulls were a forecast of what’s to come from the 24-year old Kornet.