Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen suffers right elbow sprain, out six to eight weeks

From Staff

Sep 28, 2018 9:46 PM ET


Lauri Markkanen is expected to be a focal point of the Bulls' offense this season.

The Bulls could be without one of their foundational players for up to two months.

The franchise announced that Lauri Markkanen, a 2017-18 All-Rookie First Team forward, will miss at least six weeks with a high-grade lateral elbow sprain. Chicago said 21-year-old suffered the injury during practice on Thursday.

The seventh overall pick of the 2017 draft, Markkanen averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while making 145 total 3-pointers last season. The Bulls acquired him, as well as point guard Kris Dunn and shooting guard Zach LaVine, in a trade with Minnesota on Draft night.

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