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Rose Out for Cavs Game, Deng to Miss 2-3 Weeks

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Rose Out for Cavs Game, Deng to Miss 2-3 Weeks

Friday, March 19, 2010
7:10 PM

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

Prior to tonight's matchup with the Cavaliers, Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro disclosed the current status of his ailing roster, specifically Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.

Rose, who had hoped to play in tonight's game, won't be in the lineup, as he continues to recover from the sprained left wrist he suffered against Orlando last week.

"Derrick will not play tonight. His wrist is still very sore, he's still stiff. He still has some inflammation in there," said Del Negro. "He's still struggling to dribble w that left hand."

Concerning Noah, Del Negro commented, "If he does play," citing a potential return after a now 10-game hiatus, "it will be very limited."

Along with Rose, Noah was also evaluated after the team's shootaround prior to the game. While neither player will be in action tonight, they will both be re-evaluated before Saturday night's contest in Philadelphia against the 76ers.

As for Deng, the small forward suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained right calf muscle. Deng apparently tried to warm up before Wednesday's loss to the Mavericks in Dallas, and was capably performing all of the required drills until "straight-ahead jogging" caused him some pain, according to Del Negro.

"Luol's going to be out for two to three weeks," said Del Negro. "He's got more inflammation now than he did before, so that's a setback."

Although Deng "was feeling a lot better" and "the inflammation went down" prior to Wednesday's development, according to Del Negro, a subsequent MRI showed he had more fluid in his calf than before re-aggravating the injury. Deng will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

"I'm concerned about all of them, but guys are going to heal as they heal," said Del Negro.

"It's definitely March Madness," he quipped. "It has nothing to do with college basketball around here."

"Derrick, Luol, Joakim--they definitely want to be out there," he continued. "We want to get back to winning and playing the way were capable of."

When asked about the Bulls' treacherous recent schedule easing up a little bit after tonight, possibly leading to some gins in the win column for the Bulls, Del Negro put things in perspective.

"We don't have our team. Everybody thinks that playing some of the teams that have lesser records are very easy," he observed. "It doesn't work like that."

"Other guys are getting opportunities--a lot of younger guys," continued Del Negro. "We're short-handed in a lot of areas so even when the schedule breaks, there's no easy games for us."

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Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeks

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Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeks

Denzel Valentine’s troublesome left ankle is going to keep him on the sideline for at least the next two weeks. Fred Hoiberg said Saturday before the Bulls’ home opener against the Detroit Pistons that Valentine is suffering from a bone bruise in the ankle he sprained on the second day of training camp. Valentine will be evaluated in two weeks.

“It sucks because of all the work I put in this summer and being around the guys you want to be out there so bad,” he said. “Things happen for a reason, and now that we know what’s going on I at least have a time frame and be patient with it; it’s bad news but good news at the same time as it gives me time to get ready.”

Valentine had been practicing earlier in the week and appeared close to a return after spraining the ankle on Sept. 25. But the third year wing complained of discomfort in the ankle and missed practice on Friday. A scan of the left ankle revealed the bone bruise, and Hoiberg wouldn’t speculate on when exactly Valentine might return.

It’s the same ankle Valentine had surgery on in May 2017. Valentine also missed the last two weeks of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for Valentine or the Bulls, who are in desparate need of help both in the backcourt and on the wing.

Though Valentine isn’t a true point guard, he averaged 3.2 assists per game off the bench last season. The Bulls could use that kind of production when Kris Dunn returns on Monday, as Cameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono haven’t exactly showed promise in the early going.

Instead, Valentine is on the mend and it’s unclear when he might return. Given he’s had surgery on the same ankle before, the Bulls will be cautious upon his return.

“I’m a fighter, I’m not going to quit; just deal with the hand dealt," Valentine said. "I can’t sit here and be negative, I just got to fight, stay mentally strong and this will be bittersweet when I come back and have a great year.”

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.

In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.

Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.

This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."

Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.