Deng Back? Butler Eyes Return to Bench

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Deng Back? Butler Eyes Return to Bench
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau stopped short of saying All-Star forward Luol Deng would return to the lineup Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury. But Deng's replacement in the starting lineup sounds as if he knows he'll be back on the bench. "Glad to have (Luol) back," Jimmy Butler said Monday after the team's morning shoot-around. "We're going to just keep going. Same role coming off the bench."

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