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Bulls forward Bobby Portis wants to stay a Bull, can’t see himself in any other jersey

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Chicago Bulls power forward Bobby Portis will become a restricted free agent after this season ends, but the big man doesn’t want to leave The Windy City.

Portis, who is currently the longest-tenured Bull in Chicago, says it would be weird if he wasn’t playing for the Bulls next season.

“Obviously, I know that I really want to stay a Bull,’’ Portis told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I can’t see myself in any other jersey. It would be weird to start the next season off in another uniform. I’ve been here for four seasons now, time flies fast, but I think I will be a Bull. It’s not only in my control, but honestly I’ve loved this opportunity to be a Bull and don’t see that changing.

“I’m the longest-tenured Bull and don’t want that to change.’’

As a restricted free agent, Bobby Portis has the option of signing an offer sheet with another team. If he does, the Bulls would have 48 hours to match the offer or let Portis walk. Chicago matched the Sacramento Kings’ offer sheet on shooting guard Zach LaVine last summer.

The 23-year-old Arkansas native has been bit by the injury bug this season. Portis has only played in 12 games this year. He has suffered a knee injury, an ankle sprain and is currently dealing with a elbow injury.

The 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Portis is averaging 12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game for Chicago while shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free-throw line.