Hoiberg says Bulls likely to stand pat at trade deadline

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A few weeks back, it was expected that the Chicago Bulls were going to be sellers at the trade deadline. They had a deep frontcourt with the emergence of Bobby Portis alongside Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and Nikola Mirotic.

But now Noah is gone for the season with shoulder surgery while Mirotic is out until after the All-Star break following an appendectomy. With that, the Bulls need all that depth they have.

So don’t expect the Bulls to be making moves at the trade deadline next month, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, via KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

The Bulls see the impending return of Mike Dunleavy — who has gone to the Santa Cruz D-League team to work out at full speed — as like an addition via trade. His shooting helps open the floor for the drives of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, plus he’s a good passer and high IQ player.

That’s not going to be enough to knock off the Cavaliers (or maybe even the Raptors), but the Bulls aren’t going to mortgage the future for a slightly better shot at this season. Nor should they.