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Newcomers join Bulls

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Three of the four players - Hakim Warrick, Ronald "Flip" Murray and Acie Law -- the Bulls acquired on Thursday participated in this morning's shootaround at the Target Center and will be in uniform tonight when the Bulls face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Warrick and Murray will be thrust right into the playing rotation tonight, essentially filling the roles of the departed Tyrus Thomas and John Salmons.

"Oh yeah, they're playing," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We don't have a choice. We need bodies. They're quality players. Hopefully, they fit into what we're trying to do and accept their role and get after it.

"As they become more comfortable and I become more comfortable with their understanding of things, their roles will probably expand a bit."

Warrick, a 6-9 forward, is similar to Thomas in terms of being an explosive leaper.

"I think I bring some athleticism, some experience as well, a guy that can go out there play with high energy and score the ball," Warrick said. "I'll play my hardest and leave it all out on the floor no matter what."

Murray is a veteran 6-3 guard who isn't afraid to hoist shots when open.

"We played against them and they killed us every time we played against them," Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said. "Now we just need them to kill the other people to help this team out.

"They're real nice guys, they just want to win and that's what we need."

With the changes, which were essentially done to free up salary cap space in the summer, Rose was asked if the Bulls (27-26) were still a playoff team.

"Definitely," he said. "With the guys that we have, they're just gonna help us. They don't have any attitude problems or anything like that. They're coming in and they just want to ball."

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