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“Inexcusable” is how the Bulls described Bobby Portis’ punch that fractured bones in Nikola Mirotic’s face.
LaVine will enter restricted free agency next July.
“You can tell how much he wants to be out there with our guys,” coach Fred Hoiberg says of LaVine.
“I’m not lacking confidence,” Markkanen said after scoring four points on 1-of-9 shooting.
Dunn will be out at least several weeks, while the Bulls are optimistic Markkanen will play Sunday.
Dunn’s injury puts Jerian Grant in line to start at point guard for the Bulls on opening night.
The Bulls have an open competition for four starting spots, coach Fred Hoiberg said.
LaVine is entering the final stages of rehab for a torn ACL, though he won’t likely be ready for opening night.
“We understand where he is at this time of his career,” Paxson says of Wade.
Mirotic could play on the $7.2-million qualifying offer if the sides don’t reach a long-term deal.
Collins has been hired as an advisor, but he’ll stay away from coaching and won’t make decisions.
Collins coached the Bulls for three seasons, from 1986 to 1989 and has more than 40 years of experience in the NBA.
Stone was a second-round pick in 2016 who had a disappointing rookie season.
Nate Loenser has been added to Fred Hoiberg’s coaching staff.
Payne has suffered a fracture in his fifth metatarsal.
After trading Jimmy Butler to embark on the rebuilding process, the Bulls will play just one game on national television.
“Kind of weird to say, I think I’m one of the oldest people on the team, which is a first for me,” Holiday says.
Felicio averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 57.9 percent in 15.8 minutes per game in 2016-’17.
“It’s fresh start,” Hoiberg says.
“It’s exciting to think about the possibilities of what you can do with players like Zach,” coach Fred Hoiberg says.