Backup shooting guard Marco Belinelli missed the Bulls’ blowout defeat Thursday night to the Nuggets as he recovers from his right-ankle injury suffered in Monday’s loss in Indiana.

Belinelli didn’t participate in the team’s morning shootaround and they won’t have an on-court session prior to Friday evening’s game in Utah, so he’s unsure if he’ll to return to the lineup to face the Jazz.

“We’ll see tomorrow morning how I feel,” he said. “I don’t know yet. I’ve got to have treatment tonight, tomorrow morning, too.”

Boozer takes trade rumors in stride

When asked about the reports circulating about a potential trade to Toronto, Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer took it in stride.

“That’s part of the business,” he said. “I can’t worry about that.”

CSNChicago.com confirmed that the Bulls have held exploratory trade talks with the Raptors, with a proposed deal sending Boozer and backup point guard Nate Robinson to Toronto, in exchange for former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani and former Bulls fan favorite John Lucas III.

Noah “rusty” in return to lineup

All-Star center Joakim Noah returned to the Bulls’ lineup Thursday after missing the team’s previous three contests with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

In 23 minutes of play, Noah finished with two points, five rebounds, three assists and three turnovers.