The Raptor's first round draft pick in 2014 has been a DNP Coach's Decision in every game so far this season, and has only played in 14 games through his career. Sending him down to their D-League will at least provide him minutes on the court, and being only 21 years old, there is still time for Caboclo to make his mark in the NBA.
Lavine has participated in a few practices with the Bulls' G-League affiliate in the past week, however the Bulls want to see him in at least 10 practices with the main roster before his comeback is complete. The Bulls have been cautious with Lavine -- there was talk of a potential mid-December return -- but with Lavine expected to be one of the building blocks for the franchise, they want to ensure he is ready to go before he sees any in-game action.
Teodosic has been sidelined since the second game of the season due to plantar fasciitis in his foot, but after testing out the injury during pregame Monday, he's now been given the green light to take the floor. The expectation is that Teodosic will move right into the starting lineup and pair with Austin Rivers in the backcourt, though he'll have his minutes restricted a bit early on following a lengthy absence. Look for Teodosic to slowly up his workload over the next few games and if all goes as planned, he should be a starter moving forward with Patrick Beverley (knee) out for the season.
Gallinari has played in just two contests following a 13-game absence because of a strained glute, and reportedly aggravated it in the fourth quarter of Saturday's matchup with the Wizards. He'll now sit out Monday and the expectation is that he'll miss a couple more games as well, though an exact timetable has not been established. With Gallinari heading back to the inactive list, look for Wesley Johnson to shift back over to small forward, with guys like Montrezl Harrell, Jamil Wilson and Sam Dekker picking up added minutes in the frontcourt.
McCaw missed the last two games while going through the league-mandated concussion protocol, but was able to go through a controlled practice and has now been cleared to make his return to the court. With Steph Curry (ankle) still out, there's a chance McCaw picks up the start at point guard, though either way, he should see more minutes than the 13.2 he's averaged thus far this season.
The absence will be Green's second in three games while he continues to nurse a shoulder injury. Coach Steve Kerr indicated "it's been bothering him [Green] the last few days," so it looks like the team is just exercising caution here. David West and Jordan Bell figure to see some extra minutes as a result of Green's absence.
The team announced Cunningham would start in place of Anthony Davis (left adductor) roughly 30 minutes before game-time, but replaced Cunningham with Darius Miller moments before tip-off. Cunningham was not on the injury report heading into the game, so it remains to be seen what happened to cause the late switch. His status is up on the air at this point.
Anthony Davis (groin) is sitting out Monday's contest and Dante Cunningham was expected to start in his place. However, Cunningham is now dealing with a right knee injury of his own and is questionable to play, which allow Miller to make the last second switch to the starting lineup. Whether Cunningham plays off the bench or not, Miller should be in line for a hefty workload in the frontcourt sans Davis.
Williams didn't travel with the Rockets for their recent three-game road trip due to a nee injury, but should be back to full strength now after the extended time off. That being said, Williams has seen action in just four games this season and is not a part of the regular rotation, so he can be avoided in fantasy leagues. Look for Williams to head back to the G-League.
Payne has yet to see the floor this season while recovering from foot surgery that was performed back in August. While he was expected to be reevaluated at the end of November, the Bulls haven't given anything concrete regarding his recovery, so it remains unclear when he'll be available. Until the Bulls report that Payne is back at practice, a return shouldn't be considered forthcoming.
Cunningham will get the start in place of Anthony Davis (left adductor). He had started in Davis' place three of the previous five games, and posted 8.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks. and 1.0 triples across 24.9 minutes during that span. He is likely in line for a similar workload Monday.
Davis aggravated a left adductor injury during Sunday's matchup with the 76ers and after testing it out during pregame warmups Monday, the team decided it was in his best interest to sit out and avoid any additional strain. Davis' next opportunity to play will be Wednesday against the Bucks, though tentatively consider him questionable for that contest. With Davis out, Dante Cunningham will draw the start at power forward and could be a potential punt-play option for Monday's DFS slate.
Horford came into Monday with a questionable designation because of a right knee bruise, but after testing it out during pregame warmups, he feels good enough to give it a go. Unless otherwise reported, Horford should take on his typical workload, though coach Brad Stevens could keep a close eye on his minutes if the game gets out of hand early considering the Bulls' sit in the cellar of the Eastern Conference standings.
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