Lavine (knee) is expected to make his return at the start of January, as the Bulls want him to participate in 10 days of consistent practice prior to returning, Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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.
LaVine was sent to the G-League earlier Saturday to practice with the Windy City Bulls, but was immediately recalled after the session ended. As it stands, LaVine will only be practicing with the G-League, not playing any games there. Coach Fred Hoiberg's stance on that is subject to change, however. Regardless, the team has not yet given LaVine a firm date for a return, but he is likely to return in January.
LaVine continues to ramp up his activity as he works back from a torn ACL, and this will mark his second assignment to the G-League, where he'll practice with the Windy City Bulls while the NBA club focuses on Saturday's home matchup with the Knicks. Coach Fred Hoiberg has maintained that LaVine will only practice -- and not play -- in the G-League, but it's possible that he could see action in a game or two in an effort to help get his wind back before making his season debut. Chicago hasn't given LaVine a firm return date, but the prevailing belief is that he could be back on the floor within the next month.
LaVine (knee) will likely make his season debut in January rather than December, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. According to Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald, coach Fred Hoiberg wants LaVine to go through 10-14 days of practicing every other day. Then, after that, is hoping for 10 straight days of practice before LaVine is ready to see the floor.
There were reports that LaVine might be ready by mid-December, but that's seemingly being thrown out the window. There's been no indication that LaVine has experienced a setback, so it's likely that the team is just exercising caution with the guard, who was one of the key pieces in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota over the summer. More word on his progress should emerge as he continues to practice and reach recovery milestones.
LaVine (knee) will stay back in Chicago and practice with the G-League's Windy City Bulls while the NBA's Bulls go on a two-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Indiana and ends Friday in Charlotte, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
LaVine continues to work back from an ACL tear, but hasn't yet made enough improvement to warrant traveling with the team. That said, he'll continue to practice and rehab with the organization's G-League affiliate. More word on his status and timetable should emerge as he continues to make progress in his recovery.
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