Gafford will come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Knicks, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports. With Wendell Carter (ankle) back in the starting five following an extended absence, Gafford will return to a reserve role. Coming off the bench this season, he's averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks across 12.2 minutes.
Gafford started at center and put up seven points (2-2 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist across 25 minutes Saturday in the Bulls' 112-104 loss to the Suns. The Bulls were without Wendell Carter (ankle) and Luke Kornet (ankle) for the front end of the back-to-back set, allowing Gafford to step into the starting five for the first time since Jan. 15. The rookie didn't see the ball much on offense, but he brought value for those that streamed him or used him in DFS thanks to his defensive numbers. The official statuses of Carter and Kornet aren't yet known for Sunday's game against the Wizards, but in the likely event both are sidelined again, Gafford should be in store for another start.
Gafford will get the start at center for Saturday's game against Phoenix, Tony Gill of NBC Sports reports. Gafford will get a spot start with Luke Kornet sidelined with a sprained ankle. On the year, the 21-year-old's averaging 4.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 12.8 minutes per contest.
Gafford (ankle) had five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes during Thursday's 103-93 loss to the Hornets. Gafford returned to the lineup following a three-game absence with a sprained ankle. However, despite the team's laundry list of injuries and the fact that he was expected to be a "full go" Gafford still didn't receive that many minutes. As such, he's merely a viable short-term option in deeper formats.
Gafford (ankle) is expected to be a "full go" Thursday against the Hornets, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports. A sprained right ankle has kept Gafford sidelined lately, but he'll be able to make his return for the Bulls' first game following the All-Star break. With Wendell Carter (ankle) still sidelined, Gafford could draw a start. When seeing at least 20 minutes, he's averaging 11.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
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