Bulls forward Bobby Portis will make his season debut Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors now that his eight-game suspension is up, but what remains unclear is how exactly he'll fit into coach Fred Hoiberg's rotation. Portis was suspended for punching Bulls forward Niko Mirotic during an Oct. 17 practice. He knocked out his teammate and left him with a concussion and several facial fractures. "[Portis has] been practicing, and that will all be discussed in the next couple days, exactly what we're going to do in the Toronto game," Hoiberg said after Saturday's overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. "The biggest thing is try to go out there with the guys that we've had available and put them in a position where they're competing and giving ourselves a chance to win. And for the most part, with the exception of the Oklahoma City game, we've done that. We'll get that figured out in the next few days." The dynamic between Portis and Mirotic moving forward will be much more difficult for the Bulls to figure out. In his first public comments since the altercation, Portis said he texted and called Mirotic but has not heard back from him. Mirotic reportedly has told the Bulls that they have to decide whether they want to keep him or Portis moving forward. Publicly, the Bulls have tried to stand behind both players, but it remains unclear if the players will be able to share the floor together again.
Bulls to figure out Bobby Portis' role as he returns from suspension
ESPN | Nov 5