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Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic Suffers Broken Facial Bones In Fight With Bobby Portis

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The Chicago Bulls are, along with the league, looking into an altercation between Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis that occurred during practice on Tuesday, according to The Vertical.

Mirotic is out indefinitely after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion from the incident.

According to reports, the players had been talking trash to one another during practice and it eventually escalated into a physical encounter, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Mirotic reportedly charged at Portis twice before Portis threw a punch and connected with Mirotic’s face, dropping him to the floor where he laid for several minutes before getting up.

Mirotic was taken to the hospital and released later Tuesday and surgery is likely for him according to the team.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman was at the practice and witnessed the altercation.

Portis has a telephone call with NBA officials in New York on Wednesday to discuss the incident and the Bulls are working with the NBA on possible disciplinary action.

 

 

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Bulls Exercise Options On Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine

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The Chicago Bulls have exercised their 2019-2020 team options on Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine, which guarantees their salaries for next season, per an official team announcement on Tuesday.

Dunn and Valentine options are for the fourth and final year of their respective rookie scale contracts which will see Dunn have a cap hit of $5,348,007, while Valentine will see a cap charge of $3,377,569.

Markkanen’s $5,300,400 option is for his third year, which will give the Bulls another option decision next October, and he won’t be contract extension-eligible until 2020.

 

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Bulls’ Bobby Portis Out 4-6 Weeks with Sprained MCL

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The Chicago Bulls will be without power forward Bobby Portis who will miss the next four to six weeks with a sprained right MCL, according to a press release that was officially issued by the team on Thursday.

Chicago has already incurred injuries to a number of key players this season including Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Denzel Valentine.

Portis averaged 10.5 ppg and 10.0 rebounds when he slid into the starting rotation in place of Markkanen.

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

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The Chicago Bulls will be without Kris Dunn for 4-6 weeks after the guard suffered an MCL sprain, to team officially announced on Tuesday.

Dunn, who missed the first two games of the regular-season due to the birth of his first child, returned to action on Monday as the Bulls took on the Dallas Mavericks, and ended up playing a total of 30 minutes.

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters Tuesday that Dunn suffered the injury in the second quarter of the game, but Dunn continued to play on.

 

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