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Bulls’ Zach LaVine May Not Return Until January

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The Chicago Bulls may be without Zach LaVine for far longer than they initially expected him to be out of action.

LaVine appears likely to return from his ACL injury in January rather than December, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune and Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times.

“The big thing is he needs to string together a good 10 days of practice to where he’s not going every other day,” Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said of LaVine.

“I would say the next 10 days is not going to happen. He’s still going to be on the every other day program at least for another 10 days to two weeks, and then we’ll take it from there as far as getting him consecutive-day workouts, and then get him back shortly after that.”

When LaVine does make his official debut with Chicago, he will start off by playing about 12 to 18 minutes per night, Hoiberg said.

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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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