It’s been quite a while, six months in fact, since the Chicago Bulls have had team workouts or any sort of group activities. That’s all about to change with the beginning of voluntary workouts starting at the Advocate Center as per the announcement last week. The Bulls and the rest of the teams not invited to the NBA bubble in Orlando are hosting these events in their own respective cities. The team has been getting daily testing for COVID-19 throughout the week and will be staying at hotel, going back and forth between there and the Advocate Center. Ryan Arcidiacano and Denzel Valentine both gave tours of their rooms via the official Bulls Twitter account.
As told by Arch in his video, players will be self isolating for 36 hours before the workouts get underway.
K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reported last week that numerous players were expected to attend these workouts. The Bulls also tweeted out photos of the players arriving to the hotel which showed Zach LaVine, Daniel Gafford, Coby White, and Denzel Valentine there. Otto Porter Jr. is there as well as he posted the gear given by the team on his Instagram story.
Looks like Bulls have some custom gear laid out ahead of group workouts starting tomorrow (via Otto Porter Jr.’s IG) pic.twitter.com/bEvx1WHKI9— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) September 21, 2020
One player who will not be showing up, however, is Kris Dunn as reported by Johnson last night. With his free agency coming up, it looks like he will be not be attending the group workouts. He is set to be a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer of $7.1M. Bringing him back is going to be one of the many questions the new Bulls front office has to answer. He carved a niche role for himself and nearly earned a spot on the All-Defense Second Team. But there are still concerns about his offense, leaving Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley with a decision to make.
The camp is set to be for a duration of three weeks and it will be the first time since March that many of these players have been on the court together. With a new season starting date not yet announced, it may be a while till Chicago plays any competitive games. Still, this gives the front office a chance to evaluate the players even more. It also gives a chance for guys to get re-acclimated with playing with each other. For a young team like Chicago, chemistry is important and the more time the young core spends together practicing together, the better. After finishing 22-43 last season, the Bulls will be looking to rebuild once again next year with a different front office this time and eventually with a new coach.