The Bulls have announced that guard Tomas Satoransky tested positive for COVID-19.
This news comes just days after forward Chandler Hutchison tested positive for COVID-19.
In addition to hindering Satoransky’s availability, the positive test requires Lauri Markkanen and Ryan Arcidiacono to quarantine until they clear league protocol.
Satoransky has proved to be a key member of this young Bulls team in the early stages of the 2020-21 season. Beyond being one of the most consistent defenders on the roster, Satoransky has also relieved Coby White when necessary, as the second-year guard has been struggling with learning the point guard position.
Depth will be an issue while the Bulls continue to endure one of the NBA’s toughest schedules to start the year. White will have to play more minutes and control his turnover ratio since the Bulls are down both Satoransky and Archidiacono in the backcourt. Devon Dotson, who scored his first NBA basket Friday night in Milwaukee, will have a golden opportunity to audition for a spot in the rotation once everyone is healthy.
Denzel Valentine, Adam Mokoka, and Garrett Temple all may see increased minutes too.
Lauri Markkanen’s required time off may be helpful to him as long as he doesn’t contract COVID-19. He will have some time to heal the calf injury he sustained last week.
Chicago’s frontcourt has already been tested due to Thaddeus Young previously missing time due to a leg infection. Young has since returned to the court, so he and Daniel Gafford should see increased minutes over the Bulls’ upcoming stretch of games.