- Kirk Hinrich, who played 30 minutes against New Orleans Tuesday in his first game back from a prolonged infection in his right elbow, is out again Thursday due to soreness in the elbow. Point guard Nate Robinson, who started in Hinrich’s place for the seven games he missed, is expected to start in his place. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would not say whether Hinrich would travel with the team to Charlotte for their road game Friday.
- At the trade deadline Thursday, the Miami Heat traded center Dexter Pittman to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to center Ricky Sanchez, who is playing professionally in Argentina. The Grizzlies got a 2013 second-round draft pick in the exchange, and the Heat got an open roster spot. “This move is really about roster flexibility,’’ Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We will always be greatful to Pitt and his contributions to our championship last year.” This season Pittman played in only four games for the Heat and was shipped twice to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA’s D-League since the beginning of 2013.
- Miami guard Mike Miller remains out due to his ear infection and will miss his sixth straight game due to the condition. Spoelstra said Miller could join the team in Philadelphia for their game Saturday. “He is taking his medication and as soon as he is given permission to play he will,’’ Spoelstra said.
- LeBron James has not beaten the Bulls in Chicago as a member of the Heat. The Bulls have won the last four meetings in Chicago, twice in the 2010-11 season and twice in the 2011-12 season. James is just 2-6 against the team in his two-plus years with the Heat. The Bulls beat the Heat all three times they met in the 2010-11 season, and they also recorded a 96-89 victory in Miami on Jan. 4 when they outrebounded the team 48-28.
– Kent McDill