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Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. set to return vs Minnesota Timberwolves

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With the Chicago Bulls on a 26-21 record, holding onto fifth place in the Eastern Conference, with injuries to Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic, they're desperate for the return of their starting small forward Mike Dunleavy Jr., and they might be about to get just that.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports, Dunleavy is set to make his return and season debut for the Bulls this Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, so long as there are no physical setbacks between now and then.

The forward will be with the team when they travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets on Saturday.

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Dunleavy was recalled from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA D-League on Wednesday afternoon, where he had been practicing over the past few days.

The 35-year-old's 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points and 3.9 rebounds, and also his 40.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc will be a welcomed return, due to the Bulls current depleted frontcourt.

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Dunleavy recently returned to full-contact practices and workouts for Chicago after having back surgery, which was followed by a setback during the in-season rehab process.

Currently residing in fifth position in the Eastern Conference, playoffs are still in the picture for the Bulls, and the 35-year-old was a key part of the team's postseason last year, averaging 10.9 points, four rebounds and 2.6 assists in Chicago's 12 postseason games.

The Bulls will have to wait a little bit longer for the return of Mirotic, who is still in hospital, recovering from a hematoma removal surgery he had over the weekend.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Nikola Mirotic
Chicago Bulls
Central Division
Mike Dunleavy

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