Luol Deng will return to the starting lineup for the Bulls tonight as they host the Charlotte Bobcats.
The All-Star small forward missed the past five games with a right hamstring injury he suffered on Jan. 18 in an overtime win at Boston.
Coincidentally, it is Luol Deng bobblehead night at the United Center.
The move will mean Jimmy Butler is headed back to the bench.
Butler averaged 14.2 points, 8.6 rebounds in 45.2 minutes during the five games Deng sat out. He also shot 95 percent from the free throw line (22-of-23) as the Bulls went 3-2 in that span.
Despite reverting back to his old role, it wont deter the second-year forwards approach.
I feel great. Glad to have Luol back, Butler told reporters after the Bulls morning practice. Were just gonna keep rolling, same role coming off the bench and just try to keep winning games.
While Butlers play has proved hes deserving of more playing time with Deng back in action, coach Tom Thibodeau just wants to continue doing whats best for the team.
Jimmy is a big part of the team and Lu has been huge for us, Thibodeau said. We know we have flexibility. We can play Lu and Jimmy together, so whatever the team needs. You also have to look at all your wings. You have to look at Rip and Marco. Its good to have everyone back, but were going to do whats best for the team.
For one day at least, Marc-Louis Paprzyca is Chicago's greatest sports fan.
Paprzyca - known on Twitter as MLP or Pappy_Hour - completed the ultimate Chicago sports scavenger hunt Wednesday to honor Natinoal Scavenger Hunt Day, needing only three hours to accomplish the feat:
He got started early on the South Side:
Then on to The Bean:
Da Bearsss were the next stop:
Next, the North Side:
And the best for last:
What's amazing is how MLP was able to don different Chicago sports attire for every single challenge. He even donned Jordan 11s — the ones MJ wore during the 1996 NBA Playoffs — outside the United Center.
MLP — a blogger for Sports Mockery and three-time winner of Beer Money — won a pair of tickets to attend either a Cubs or Sox game.
On the latest edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Kevin Anderson, Vincent Goodwill and Kendall Gill welcome in SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell to discuss the Celtics' motivation to trade for Jimmy Butler.
The guys also break down whether the league is undervaluing the Bulls All-Star.
Later, they debate the contant Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan comparison and ask if it's fair after the King's poor showing in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. O'Donnell also analyzes the NBA Draft. He believes Terrance Ferguson is the right pick for GarPax.
Finally, a behind the scenes look at Goodwill vs. Kendall on the court, and Kendall on the right way to parent a young athlete.
Listen to the Bulls Talk Podcast below.