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Report: Otto Porter Jr. aiming to return in February around the All-Star Break

Bulls forward has been sidelined due to foot injury.

Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. is guarded by Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls F Otto Porter Jr. is aiming to return around the All-Star Break in February, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Friday. Shams has dropped a lot of news on us this Friday, damn. So Porter has been sidelined for most of the season due to a foot injury. He hasn’t played since Nov. 6 and the Bulls have been hurt as a result, though Chicago is still in the hunt for the No. 8 seed in the East.

With Porter sidelined, the Bulls have been using Kris Dunn in three-guard lineups as a SG/SF combo with Tomas Satoransky and Zach LaVine. Once Porter is back, the Bulls will have a more traditional look I imagine, with Porter starting alongside Sato, LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. Porter’s return would be a nice boost for Chicago’s defense, which has been average this season. I also think Porter’s return would help out Markkanen a lot. Lauri would be able to focus less on his overall play defensively and more on offense. Porter could pick up the slack and guard tougher opponents at SF and PF.