DENVER — Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler's right-toe injury, suffered in Monday night's home win over Charlotte, turned out to be a case of turf toe and has prevented him from traveling on the team's "Circus Trip," which they embarked upon Wednesday morning.
The official diagnosis of Butler's injury, according to Bulls officials, was a sprain of his right "great" toe and his status was listed as "week-to-week."
It would be safe to assume that Butler misses the entirety of the Bulls' West Coast swing, which ends next Monday in Utah, the team's fourth game in five nights.
It's also unlikely Butler makes it back for the final game of the trip, next Wednesday in Detroit, making a Nov. 29 game in Cleveland, following a stopover back in Chicago for Thanksgiving, an optimistic target for his return, pending his recovery progress.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said after Tuesday's practice at the Berto Center that he was unsure whether Kirk Hinrich or Mike Dunleavy Jr. would replace Butler in the starting lineup.