Bulls head coach Billy Donovan said Mokoka (undisclosed) returned to practice Sunday as a full participant, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Mokoka missed the preseason for undisclosed reasons, but he made his return to the team just a few days ahead of the start of the regular season. Playing on a two-way deal for the second year in a row, the 22-year-old Mokoka projects to see most of his playing time at the G League level in 2020-21.
Mokoka is not with the team for its preseason opener Friday against the Rockets, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Mokoka signed a two-way deal with the Bulls in November, but he won't be with the team to start the preseason for undisclosed reasons. The 22-year-old guard had decent success as a rookie in the G League last season, averaging 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game across 31 appearances.
Mokoka re-signed Sunday with the Bulls on a one-year, two-way contract.
The 22-year-old Frenchman will be back with the Bulls as a two-way player for the second season in a row. He ended up seeing the bulk of his playing time in the G League as a rookie, but Mokoka received the opportunity to make 11 appearances with the parent club. He averaged 2.9 points in 10.2 minutes per game in those contests.
Mokoka was sent to the G League on Wednesday, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Mokoka has garnered rotational run with the Bulls lately, averaging 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 17.8 minutes across the past five games. With Zach LaVine (quad) out about a week, it's possible Mokoka will continue seeing action in some capacity with Chicago. That said, he's being sent to the G League for the time being.
Mokoka played 19 minutes off the bench in Monday's 109-107 win over the Mavericks, finishing with four points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and one steal.
Mokoka's numbers weren't anything special, but coach Jim Boylen gushed about him after the game to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic, praising the rookie for his late-game defense on All-Star Luka Doncic. With at least 15 minutes in each of the Bulls' last five games, Mokoka looks to be locked into a rotation role at this time, but his playing time could drop off as the Bulls get healthier. Otto Porter (foot) returned from a long layoff Monday and Lauri Markkanen (pelvis) could be back Wednesday against the Timberwolves, though Zach LaVine (quadriceps) and Chandler Hutchison (shoulder) both look at least a week away from playing, while Kris Dunn (knee) has been ruled out for the season.
Mokoka posted 10 points (4-17 FG, 2-8 3Pt), six rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes in Friday's G League win over Greensboro.
Mokoka played three games with the big club and averaged 18 minutes and 1.7 points per contest. The 21-year-old is back in the G League, though, and he struggled as a shooter at just 22.3 percent.
Mokoka will play Saturday against the Suns, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The 21-year-old guard's back in the NBA after a short stint in the G League. On the year, Mokoka's averaging 2.5 points in 3.7 minutes across six contests.
Mokoka posted 26 points (8-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds and three assists across 42 minutes in Thursday's G League win over Erie.
Mokoka came back from his NBA stint and led the team in scoring and minutes. The 21-year-old was very efficient compared to the rest of the year, as he's knocked down 37.7 percent of field goals this season and averaged 10.1 points per game.
Mokoka poured in 15 points (6-6 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT) in just five minutes during Chicago's 125-119 loss to the Pelicans.
The two-way player making his second appearance of the week and fourth of the year stole the show in Chicago, briefly giving the Bulls a chance to mount a comeback. Mokoka was perfect from the field and has likely already shown enough upside to be included in the Bulls youth movement at times down the stretch. It may be a flyer worth taking given the dearth of second-unit contributors in Chicago.
Mokoka (eye) posted nine points (3-9 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and three assists across 30 minutes in Friday's G League loss to College Park.
Mokoka was a starter in his return to the lineup. He spent time with the big club recently, but it's better for the 21-year-old to continue his development in the G League with consistent minutes. He's averaging 9.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest.
Mokoka (eye) is probable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
Mokoka was also considered probable for Monday's contest, but he never ended up taking the court. The 21-year-old has appeared in only two games for the Bulls this season, so he's unlikely to significantly factor into the rotation, regardless of his availability.
Mokoka is dealing with swelling in his right eyelid and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Mavericks.
The two-way player has made two appearances for Chicago this season, with both coming in the Bulls' last games of 2019. Even if he gains clearance for Monday, Mokoka will likely find himself outside of coach Jim Boylen's rotation.
Mokoka posted 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists in Tuesday's G League win over College Park.
Mokoka started the contest and played 31 minutes. The undrafted rookie out of France was efficient in this outing, but that's something he's struggled with this year, connecting on 35.3 percent of field goals and 32.7 percent of shots from beyond the arc.
Mokoka registered nine points (3-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 10 rebounds and seven assists in Friday's G League win over Maine.
Mokoka started the contest and logged 35 minutes, finishing second on the team in rebounds. The 21-year-old guard was automatic from beyond the arc but missed all four field goals from within.
Mokoka hasn't appeared in any of the first five regular season games of 2019-20.
Mokoka signed a two-way deal back in early July. However, he didn't see the floor much during preseason, averaging 11.6 minutes across five appearances, and he hasn't touched the court at all through five regular season contests. At this point, the 21-year-old rookie from France can be avoided across all fantasy formats.
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