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7 Bulls now sidelined as Ayo Dosunmu, Stanley Johnson enter health and safety protocols

The Bulls were hoping to avoid a COVID outbreak but it seems like there’s no stopping the virus at the moment.

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Ayo Dosunmu of the Chicago Bulls readies to loft a long pass to Zach LaVine against the Denver Nuggets at the United Center on December 06, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Nuggets 109-97.
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12/11 update: This COVID outbreak has gotten significantly worse for the Bulls. Ayo Dosunmu and Stanley Johnson have entered the protocols now, bringing the total up to seven players. Johnson was signed as a replacement player due to other guys entering the protocol and now even he’s sidelined. This is starting to look very bad for Chicago.

Update: The Bulls announced Javonte Green has also tested positive for COVID-19. The guard joins Coby White in isolation as the Bulls try to avoid an outbreak in the organization. Green will miss at least 10 days, unless he’s vaccinated and registers two negative tests 24 hours apart.

Chicago Bulls G Coby White has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be placed into the NBA’s health and safety protocols, coach Billy Donovan told reporters on Wednesday. White will have to quarantine for at least 10 days and could miss more time depending on his symptoms.

White is just the latest case of a player being placed into health and safety protocols in the NBA. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James was announced as being placed in protocols and appears to have tested positive for coronavirus. The Bulls had a similar problem earlier in the season when C Nikola Vucevic tested positive and was forced to miss time. White has been back for 9 games, returning to the lineup on Nov. 15 after recovering from offseason surgery.

With White out, the Bulls are a bit thin at guard. Zach LaVine is expected to be OK after being listed as questionable for Monday’s win over the Hornets due to an illness. LaVine is set to play Thursday vs. the New York Knicks. White will be out for at least 10 days, per the NBA’s policy. Vucevic missed two weeks when he was placed into health and safety protocols on Nov. 10.

With White out on Thursday, the Bulls will likely rotate in Alex Caruso and Ayo Dosunmu more off the bench. Derrick Jones Jr. and Troy Brown Jr. will continue to be the main bench options on the wing. Really, the biggest boost in value goes to Ayo. In a close game, we could just see Donovan tighten up the rotations and mostly use the starting lineup + Caruso in crunch time.