It won’t be tidy every game. Matchups, foul trouble or just a tired player who needs some extra minutes off could factor into Bulls coach Billy Donovan changing his mind about his roster combinations.
But Donovan said Friday he has settled on some combos he’s comfortable with, narrowing the rotation to nine players with the flexibility to stretch it to 10.
“A lot of it will be how the game is flowing — what the game dictates, matchups, those kinds of things,” Donovan said. “I do feel comfortable with some guys that may have limited playing time, utilizing those guys if it’s necessary. But you do want to get the [main] group somewhat comfortable playing with each other. I know we don’t have a lot of games to do that. It’s not like it’s an experiment. I think we’ve made some progress and some strides.”
Those have come through some serious trial and error. Adding five new players at the March 25 trade deadline did not lend itself to an easy transition. The Bulls found themselves trying to make their roster work on the fly at the start of a brutal West Coast swing, with Donovan figuring out how to use Al-Farouq Aminu, Javonte Green, Troy Brown Jr. and Daniel Theis after immediately inserting center Nikola Vucevic into the starting lineup.
Vucevic has obviously changed the look of the first unit. Theis and Brown have stuck in the…