Does Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg get a say on in-season trades?
He won’t say.
“There is communication” and “we do talk,” Hoiberg said, but he would not elaborate on whether he is closer to getting a vote or simply receiving a heads-up.
The trade deadline is Feb. 8, and the Bulls are talking to teams about Nikola Mirotic, Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and, perhaps, Justin Holiday.
Executive vice president John Paxson chit-chatted with reporters before huddling with Hoiberg on Saturday in Atlanta. Hoiberg worked in the Timberwolves front office from 2006-10, so he can relate to the tasks of Paxson and general manager Gar Forman.
“You understand that’s the job — to go out and make phone calls and see if there’s something that can improve the roster for the future,” Hoiberg said.
Mirotic’s shot was off Saturday, going 1-for-5 on 3-pointers and 3-for-8 while scoring 10 points. The highlight of his line was seven rebounds in 20 minutes.
Lopez (9-for-13 from the field) was solid, as usual. Grant started in place of Dunn and turned in a solid performance — eight points on 3-for-6 shooting, six assists, five rebounds and one turnover.
Dunn for the time being: Dunn passed his initial baseline tests but didn’t feel right the morning after he slammed facefirst on the United Center floor after a dunk. He’s not in Atlanta and has been ruled out for Monday’s game in New Orleans.
“Concussion symptoms can take 24 hours,” Hoiberg said. “He woke up and had a headache and some dizziness, and that’s when they put him in the concussion protocol. There has been very little change since (Thursday morning). He’s still sore and having trouble sleeping. Biggest thing now — make sure you get rest and hydrated.”
Dunn is slated to see a doctor by Sunday.
Stepping up: Ryan Arcidiacono made the transition from the G League to the NBA look pretty smooth. He backed up Grant and got 22 minutes. In his previous NBA game, the Bulls’ opening-night loss to the Raptors, he logged five minutes.
He scored his first career points on free throws and drained both 3-pointers he attempted. The 23-year-old rookie from Villanova also dished out four assists, had no turnovers and took a hellacious charge from Kent Bazemore, shrugging off the hit.