February 10, 2022 at 4:27 p.m. CST by Dana Gauruder
Tristan Thompson is currently a Pacer, but the Bulls would be interested in his services if he is acquired by Indiana, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times tweet. Thompson was thrown into the Domantas Sabonis–Tyrese Haliburton blockbuster between Indiana and Sacramento for pay-matching purposes. Both parties are reportedly considering a buyout of his expiring contract for $9.7 million. Chicago did not add to its frontcourt before the trade deadline.
We have more on the Bulls:
- According to the team’s general manager, Arturas Karnisovas, patrick williams will return from injury this season, KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago tweet. Mid-March is the target date for Williams’ return. Williams has been sidelined since late October after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist. At the time, the Bulls had given a recovery period of four to six months.
- The expected return of Williams, as well as the hope that Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso will eventually rejoin the rotation after recovering from injuries, were factors in the Bulls’ decision to stay loyal on deadline day, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago tweet. “We were taking calls, but the mutual sentiment with our whole group was, ‘Let’s get out guys,’ said Karnisovas. “We’re going to have enough time in the regular season to see what this group can do healthy.”
- Karnisovas was somewhat evasive when asked if he had the green light to cross the luxury tax threshold in future seasons, adds Schaefer. another tweet. While noting that the front office has been “quite aggressive” in its acquisitions over the past nine months, Karnisovas said, “When the opportunity arises, I think we will evaluate that. That’s it.”