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Lauri Markkanen Cleared For Full Contact, Could Return Dec. 4

Lauri Markkanen Cleared For Full Contact, Could Return Dec. 4

Lauri Markkanen has been cleared by team doctors for full contact in practice. “Lauri is excited, his teammates are excited and certainly his coaches are excited,” Fred Hoiberg said. Markkanen injured his right elbow the first week of camp. “Yeah, the plan for Lauri is to have a full-contact practice with no limitations [on Tuesday],” Hoiberg said. “It’s going to be a day-by-day situation. If he has soreness, we’ll obviously scale back, but if he keeps making progress, we can…

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Denzel Valentine Out For 18-19 Season With Ankle Instability

Denzel Valentine Out For 18-19 Season With Ankle Instability

Denzel Valentine has been diagnosed with ongoing ankle instability. After being evaluated by Dr. Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Valentine will undergo a surgical reconstruction by Dr. Anderson the week of Nov. 26 with an anticipated recovery time of four-to-six months. Valentine is expected to make a full recovery and have a normal summer of offseason training leading into training camp for the 2019-20 season. Full article @ Denzel Valentine Out For…

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Fred Hoiberg, Ryan Saunders Could Be Targets For Wolves If Tom Thibodeau Isn't Retained

Fred Hoiberg, Ryan Saunders Could Be Targets For Wolves If Tom Thibodeau Isn't Retained

The future of Tom Thibodeau as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves is uncertain as they move into a new phase without Jimmy Butler. The Wolves were the No. 8 seed last season. Glen Taylor is known to be very fond of Fred Hoiberg as a potential coaching candidate, who coincidentally replaced Thibodeau with the Bulls. Ryan Saunders, who is an assistant coach on Thibodeau’s staff, is also held in high regard by Taylor. Full article @ Fred…

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Bulls' Front Office Couldn't Wait To Trade Nikola Mirotic

Bulls' Front Office Couldn't Wait To Trade Nikola Mirotic

Before Nikola Mirotic was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Pelicans, he wasn’t a particularly popular member of the organization. The front office reportedly couldn’t wait to trade Mirotic and some of his teammates weren’t particularly bothered when he was punched in the face by Bobby Portis. “I’ll say this about Niko: He was unbelievable throughout everything,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I loved the opportunity to coach Niko. What he did when he got back from the…

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Bulls Exercise 19-20 Options On Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine

Bulls Exercise 19-20 Options On Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine

The Chicago Bulls have exercised the third-year option on Lauri Markkanen, and fourth-year options on guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine. By exercising their options, all players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2019-20 season. Markkanen came to the Bulls in a Draft-night trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves on June 22, 2017, in which his rights were acquired, along with Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the rights to the 16th selection…

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Bobby Portis Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Bobby Portis Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Bobby Portis sustained a moderate sprain of the MCL of his right knee during the game vs. the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 24. The Bulls estimate Portis will be out for four-to-six weeks. Full article @ Bobby Portis Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Kris Dunn Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Kris Dunn Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Kris Dunn will be out four to six weeks with a moderate sprain of his MCL. Fred Hoiberg said he didn’t yet know who would start for Dunn, since he had just learned about the injury. “It’s tough,” he said. “We obviously missed Kris in our first two games. Now to have him out of the lineup for an extended period, it’s extremely difficult. When you have a guy who is out there and really made strides over the course…

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Shaquille Harris To Have $250,000 Guaranteed By Bulls

Shaquille Harris To Have $250,000 Guaranteed By Bulls

Shaquille Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls for the minimum. Harrison will have $250,000 of his contract for 18-19 guaranteed. Harrison will have $175,000 guaranteed for 19-20 if he’s not waived before August 15, 2019. Full article @ Shaquille Harris To Have 0,000 Guaranteed By Bulls Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Shaquille Harrison To Have $250,000 Guaranteed By Bulls

Shaquille Harrison To Have $250,000 Guaranteed By Bulls

Shaquille Harrison has agreed to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls for the minimum. Harrison will have $250,000 of his contract for 18-19 guaranteed. Harrison will have $175,000 guaranteed for 19-20 if he’s not waived before August 15, 2019. Full article @ Shaquille Harrison To Have 0,000 Guaranteed By Bulls Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap

Bulls To Waive Omer Asik

Bulls To Waive Omer Asik

The Chicago Bulls will waive Omer Asik to create a roster spot for Shaquille Harrison. Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis. Asik is under salary this season at $11.3 million and has a partial guarantee next season. The Bulls acquired Asik as part of the Nikola Mirotic trade. Full article @ Bulls To Waive Omer Asik Source: RealGM Basketball Wiretap