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Boylen set his 10-man rotation last night, and it involves very few wings

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Prior to Thursday night’s game, Bulls coach Jim Boylen let the media know that the preseason finale would feature the Bulls rotation heading into the season opener in Charlotte.

Wendell Carter Jr. gave us a scare with admission that his surgically repaired thumb was bothering him, but he started the game and played 22 minutes. The rest of the starting lineup was similarly as expected, with Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter, Zach LaVine, and newly-christened starting point guard Tomas Satoransky.

There were no shocking developments there, there was a key takeaway that Coby White appears to be the team’s sixth man, subbing in for Otto Porter at about four to five minutes into the game. White broke out in this one with 29 points, so it certainly looks like he’s cemented in that role. Then the following substitutions you saw Kris Dunn and Ryan Arcidiacono in the game.

This meant that the Bulls are addressing their lack of wing depth by employing more 3-guard lineups. And the rotation does not include Denzel Valentine.

Why was Valentine out of the rotation?

“Because I have a different 10-man rotation,” Boylen said, displaying little interest in the topic. “He’s not in the 10-man rotation.”

What would he need to do to get in it?

“He needs to stay ready,” Boylen responded.

The only other true small forward on the roster, Chandler Hutchison, has yet to play. Shams Charania of The Athletic had a report today that implies Hutchison has re-injured that hamstring. It’s poorly-worded but does look to set his timetable to return even further back than it was already.

Shams also reported that the Bulls have ‘had discussions’ with free agent Iman Shumpert, though no indication as to when this took place. The Bulls have a full roster at the moment, and would have to cut somebody (Shaq Harrison - still inactive as well this presason - is the only with a partially-guaranteed contract) to make room for Shumpert. Similarly if they wished to make a waiver claim on another training camp casualty.

For the bigs, it was just Thad Young and Luke Kornet off the bench. Daniel Gafford only was out there in garbage time, and Cristiano Felicio received a DNP.