Nicola Mirotic is not yet back at practice, he is still recovering from facial fractures.
The man who gave him those fractures with a punch, Bobby Portis, has served his 8-game suspension from the team and will be back in the rotation on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors.
Mirotic and Portis have had scraps in practice before — they for years have been battling each other for the same minutes — but this was a big step over the line.
When Mirotic — the man expected preseason to be the Bulls’ leading scorer this season — is ready to return the Bulls’ front office will have some difficult decisions to make. Mirotic has offered to waive his no-trade clause to get out of the situation and the same locker room as Portis, and with the surprise fast start of rookie Lauri Markkanen the Bulls can afford to make that move. However, because of the very public situation, the Bulls are not going to see reasonable offers.