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Bulls do not have a timeline for Chandler Hutchison’s return

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The Chicago Bulls do not have a timeline for the return of forward Chandler Hutchison, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, according to Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score.

“I do think that he is getting there,” said Bulls head coach Jim Boylen. “We’ve been really encouraged the last five days of where he’s gotten to. They’re just tricky.”

Hutchison, who played his collegiate basketball at Boise State, was originally selected by Chicago in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2018 NBA Draft.

His rookie campaign was riddled by injuries, as Hutchison played in just 44 games with 14 starts last season, averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds over 20.3 minutes per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor, 28 percent from three-point range and 60.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Hutchison is, however, a solid perimeter defender, and there is hope that he can eventually develop into a decent three-and-D wing, but obviously, at this point, he has a lot to improve upon.

The 23-year-old spent four years at Boise State, with his best season coming during his senior campaign when he registered 20 points, 7.7 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals across 31 minutes a night while making 47.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, 35.9 percent of his long-distance tries and 72.8 percent of his foul shots.

He owns lifetime NCAA averages of 12 points, 5.5 boards, 2.1 assists and one steal per game.

Meanwhile, the Bulls won just 22 games last year, their lowest win total since the 2001-02 campaign. But, thanks to a roster filled with young talent, Chicago could be a potential sleeper team in the Eastern Conference this season.