Bobby Portis is thriving on the court since returning from an eight-game, team-issued suspension for punching Nikola Mirotic in the face during practice. Mirotic is still recovering from the injury he suffered, the distinction a sore spot for him.

Bulls teammates are reportedly siding with Portis over Mirotic, who reportedly requested Chicago trade him or Portis.

Now, Bulls executive John Paxson is turning up the heat on Mirotic, who’s back in Chicago’s facility to train.

Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago:

“I think what has to be understood is that we weren’t going to be in a position to continuously accommodate those needs,” Paxson said. “When he started to get healthy, because he’s on our roster, it’s incumbent on him to be around when the team’s around. That’s just a part of it. I look at it this way: We want him to start coming around more. And it is on him to do that.”

And it opens the door for Portis and Mirotic to cross paths in the Advocate Center, although Paxson admitted there’s no plan to get the two teammates in the same space to reconcile anything.