The Chicago Bulls released an injury report Thursday afternoon, so the season must really be around the corner.
Chandler Hutchison strained his left hamstring while working out yesterday with no specific timetable for return.
OFFICIAL: Chandler Hutchison suffered a left hamstring strain yesterday while working out and will be re-evaluated regularly, as he progresses through his rehabilitation. pic.twitter.com/RBrK4Mex2L
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) September 5, 2019
The Bulls just can’t seem to get rid of the injury bug after last season, as Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison each have suffered medical setbacks during the 2018-19 season and now offseason.
While the message from the Bulls Twitter account doesn’t make things sound too serious, training camp is almost upon us. The Bulls normally start-up camp at the end of month, and if we know one thing about hamstring injuries, they can linger. It may not feel as though Chandler Hutchison is all that important to the Bulls lineup, but he’s positioned right now for a pretty important role this season.
The Bulls added to their depth this summer with the signing of Tomas Satoransky, Thaddeus Young and Luke Kornet, but the wing position remains one of the weakest spots on the roster. With little depth behind Zach LaVine and Otto Porter, players like Denzel Valentine and Chandler Hutchison were next in line to get minutes at the two and three, respectively.
Valentine’s last game was April 1, 2018, while Hutchison was held to only 44 games last season (his rookie season). If Hutchison can’t heal up fast, the Bulls could head into training camp with no clear backup at shooting guard and small forward. Already, the two players are questionable options at the positions, but without them, the Bulls will have to get creative with their lineups.
It’s possible we could see Coby White chart minutes at shooting guard if need be, and Satoransky also has experience playing both shooting guard and small forward. Young is another player who has experience at small forward, but the bulk of his NBA career has been at power forward. The other option for the Bulls could include using rookie Adam Mokoka who’s on a two-way contract with the team.
If the coaching staff doesn’t like any of their options they could always go sign former Bulls-great Carmelo Anthony! Oh, or they could go after Big-3 MVP “Iso Joe (Johnson)!” *laughs and then begins to shed single tear*