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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, Pacers Interested In Jahlil Okafor

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Jahlil Okafor has struggled to stay on the court after an impressive rookie season, and he will be looking for a new home after the Brooklyn Nets are unlikely to bring him back next season, according to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney.

Okafor worked out for teams while in Las Vegas and is generating interest from the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers.

Okafor has trimmed down, going from 275 pounds to 258 pounds.

 

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn Was ‘Offended’ By Questions of Work Ethic

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Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn hasn’t really capitalized on his potential and the Bulls are hoping that his second season in the Windy City will be much better than his first.

Dunn has been no stranger to criticism, and admits that he was “offended” over questions about his work ethic.

“I was definitely offended by it. My dad worked hard in life” Dunn said, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan. “My brothers and sisters and me (took) hard work very seriously. It is the only way to succeed.”

Dunn won’t let the talk bother him and is looking forward to getting back to work and improving his game.

“You don’t get too caught up in it. You just keep doing what you do best. I know I work hard. I don’t have to prove it to anybody. I just have to show it on the court. I have no answers for (why the rumors originated). Whoever put it out there, that’s how they felt. Questioning my work ethic? That’s just (not valid). I work hard. If I’m not working, I’m around my family. Absolutely nothing (has changed about workouts or preparation).”

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Bulls, Jabari Parker Agree To Two-Year Deal, Bucks Rescind Offer

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The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract with Jabari Parker, who was a restricted free agent up until the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their offer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Parker averaged  12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Bucks last season, after he returned from an ACL tear in February.

Milwaukee allowed Parker and his agent to work out a deal with his hometown Bulls.

The Bucks commented on their decision to rescind Parker’s offer, via the Chicago Tribune’s Malika Andrews.

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