With nudge from league, Justin Holiday returns as Bulls hand Grizzlies 15th straight loss

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Holiday said he didn't even know about the confirmed, cordial talks between the league office and the Bulls about his and Lopez's situation.

"We're still playing the young guys. That hasn't changed," Holiday said. "I'm pretty sure I'm not playing 35 minutes.

"They kind of tell me when I'm playing and when I'm not. It all works for me. I'm always ready. Whenever you want me to go out there, I'm out there."

Lopez said management's communication with him has been fine and he'd love to return as the Bulls' starting center next season.

"It's a little bit of a crazy situation. I'm always excited to get out there and play with the guys on the floor," Lopez said. "I'm not too familiar with what the NBA is thinking. I never talked to them during this process, and I'm not too familiar with what's going on with other teams in that (tanking) regard. When they pop up on the schedule, we're dialed in and ready to play them. But otherwise, I'm a little oblivious.

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"Obviously, I'm an NBA player and want to play basketball. But I want to do the best I can with the situation I'm dealt. My teammates, like I said, supported me when I'm on the floor, when I'm off the floor, and I want to be able to do the same for them."

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