Chicago Bulls: Adam Mokoka returns, Devon Dotson still out

Adam Mokoka, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Adam Mokoka, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Both of the two-way contract players for the Chicago Bulls are dealing with various issues that kept, or are keeping, them from practice this weekend.

More and more injury updates started to pour in for the Chicago Bulls from newly hired head coach Billy Donovan on Dec. 20, just three days ahead of tip off of the 2020-21 regular season. Donovan and the Bulls are set to open up the 2020-21 regular season slate on Dec. 23 at home at the United Center against the Atlanta Hawks.

A large set of injury updates from practice on Dec. 20, to round out the weekend, included both of the Bulls players in the two-way contract slots. Second-year shooting guard/wing Adam Mokoka returned to practice at the Advocate Center over the weekend.

But the former Kansas Jayhawks point guard Devon Dotson did not return to practice for the Bulls this weekend. He could still be out before the start of the 2020-21 regular season arrives later next week.

A few of the other more notable injury updates included the return of the veteran former Brooklyn Nets 34-year-old shooting guard Garrett Temple and 27-year-old shooting guard/wing Denzel Valentine to practice this weekend. Temple had dealt with mandatory quarantine for the last couple of weeks after coming back with a positive novel coronavirus test.

And Valentine just returned to full practice this weekend after dealing with a hamstring injury.

However, the Bulls are still missing the likes of veteran forward Thaddeus Young and combo guard Tomas Satoransky in practice as of Dec. 20. Young is still dealing with a lower-body injury, and might not be ready for tip off of the regular season.

Sato should be back in the mix before the Bulls face the Hawks on Dec. 23.

There’s no indication that Mokoka or Dotson is supposed to be in the 15-man rotation for the Bulls when they open the season against the Hawks. But they could become more integral parts of this roster if injuries start to pile up as the season wanes.

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The Bulls just finished up their four game preseason slate on Dec. 18, with their second road win in a row over the Oklahoma City Thunder. They finished up the preseason with a record of 3-1, including one win over the Houston Rockets and two over the Thunder.