The Bulls made the re-signing of Mike James official on Wednesday.
The veteran point guard joined the team today in Cleveland and will be in uniform tonight when they take on the Cavaliers. He was released on Dec. 16 after recovering from a sprained left MCL. He told reporters that any concern about his health is unwarranted and he’s happy to be back with the Bulls (20-20).
"The older you get, the first question they ask you is "Are you in shape?" And so I've always prided myself on being in shape,” James told reporters. “I've prided myself on my work ethic. So my shape is never my issue. It was about getting my body back 100 percent, it was about the right situation. [The Bulls] called me; no other teams was calling me. No other teams was giving me the opportunity. So Chicago, they called, and the opportunity's here."
Kirk Hinrich didn’t make the trip after injuring his right hamstring in Monday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters that the point guard could be out up to a week.
“We're hopeful that it's shorter but we want to make sure it's right,” Thibodeau told reporters.
Making the Bulls even more shorthanded is that they will be without Carlos Boozer because of a sore left calf he suffered in Monday’s win. He’s listed as day-to-day.
D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson will start in place of Hinrich and Boozer.
This will be the first time the Bulls take on former teammate Luol Deng since he was traded on Jan. 7. It’s also the last time this season as it’s the last matchup between the two Central Division teams.