August 24, 2018, 11:16 amLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen will not play for Finland this September in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Markkanen made a splash during his rookie season when averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 29.7 minutes per game. The Finnish big man said he would have loved to represent his country, but the dates of the qualifiers interfere with the NBA training camp. The Bulls drafted Wendell Carter Jr. and signed Jabari Parker, but Markkanen should still see similar minutes, if not more. The Bulls are young and athletic and should be expected push the pace of games giving Markkanen plenty of opportunity to see minutes at center as well.