Lauri Markkanen

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  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Coach Jim Boylen said that Lauri Markkanen (right hip stress reaction) remains on track to return to game action near the beginning of March.

    Markkanen went down in late-January in an injury initially believed to be soreness but was later deemed worse. There were even rumblings that Markkanen would be able to play had it been the playoffs. Assuming Markkanen will be back within two weeks, he makes sense as a high-upside add for teams comfortably gearing up for the playoffs.

    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    According to VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson, the Bulls hope to have Lauri Markkanen (right hip stress reaction), Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) and Otto Porter Jr. (left foot fracture) back together by early March.

    These three players have only played nine games together so far this season since Porter Jr. injured himself in early November. It is possible that one or more return before March but none of them have received a concrete timetable for a return. Continue to monitor the wire as more news will likely surface around the All-Star break.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter

  • Daniel Gafford
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Daniel Gafford (right thumb dislocation) is doubtful for Friday's contest vs. the Nets while six other rotation players are probable.

    It is likely that Gafford misses his ninth consecutive game on Friday. He could be in line for standard league value when he is able to return if Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. are still sidelined. His next opportunity to play will come Sunday against the Raptors. The expectation for the other six players is that they will all play despite being listed on the injury report. Luke Kornet is streamable for as long as Gafford and WCJ remain out.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (right hip stress reaction) shared that his hip had only recently begun to bother him before being shut down for over a month.

    This can be interpreted in two ways. One could understand the fact that Markkanen thought the hip problem was just "normal soreness" as positive, since it's unrelated to issues he's had with his oblique, elbow and ankle this season. On the other hand, this might just be further proof of just how brittle Markkanen has been throughout his young career, averaging about 24 missed games per season if this newest timetable holds true. Thaddeus Young has held top-30 value in his absence and is the type of pick-up that could propel you into the postseason.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young scored 11 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in three rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes of game play.

    With both teammates Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. injured, Young is not only getting the start but also playing major minutes in their absences. He is definitely worth a look in the short-term as he is a nice source of defensive statistics while not fantasy owners in any particular area.

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen underwent a surprise MRI on Friday and was diagnosed with a right hip stress reaction which will keep him sidelined for four-to-six weeks.

    Bummer. Lauri has quietly begun to pay dividends after an ice cold shooting streak dating back to October. He had been solidly within the top 50 for the past two and a half months. The Bulls are getting dangerously thin in the frontcourt and it's reasonable to expect them to bring someone in. Thaddeus Young will get all of the minutes he can handle next to Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio. Markkanen himself may be a drop candidate if your team is struggling in the standings.

    Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (left ankle sprain) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

    Markkanen has been on a slump, so his bothersome ankle could be something that could share the blame. He's probable and should be able to give it a go. Keep him in your active lineups.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen scored 21 points on 6-of-14 shooting to go with six rebounds and four triples in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    It was a nice bounce-back effort for Markkanen who scored only eight points on 2-of-11 shooting in 31 minutes on Monday. Markkanen owners are desperately hoping he can get it going after a disappointing first half of the season. He's a top-100 player on the season but has showed the ability to produce top-50 numbers and is a buy-low target.

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    The February 6th trade deadline is drawing closer but Jim Boylen surprisingly insisted that he wants the current band to stay intact.

    “Yeah, absolutely,” Boylen said. “I’ve said before that we have a hardworking, high-character group of guys who are willing to be coached and willing to work. That’s a credit to them. Those are things I think are important.” The Bulls have absolutely underachieved this season but there has been no indication that they are willing to shuffle their roster. Boylen continues to believe that everything is going to be alright but time is running out and someone will soon have to take the blame for a poor season that has seen Lauri Markkanen take a step back and become more of a spot-up shooter.

    Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (left ankle sprain) Chandler Hutchison (right shoulder soreness) and Ryan Arcidiacono (right elbow discomfort) are being listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Wolves.

    Expect all three to play as the Bulls injury list has been like this all season. Play them as you normally would.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (left ankle sprain, illness) struggled to get his shots to fall on Monday as he hit just 2-of-11 from the floor, missing all seven of his 3-point attempts, on his way to eight points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes vs. the Bucks.

    Markkanen's up and down (mostly down) season continues. He has the proven ability to provide top-50 value, but Markkanen has struggled with consistency all season. His points and rebounds are down significantly from last season. Hold onto him or look to buy low if you're up for taking a risk.

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (left ankle sprain) is being listed as probable to play in Monday's game against the Bucks.

    Markkanen isn't in any danger of missing this one, as this has been the standard for the Bulls injury reports all season. Feel free to continue to plug him into fantasy lineups.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen is probable, as always, to play against the Bucks on Monday due to a left ankle sprain.

    You know the drill by now if you follow the Bulls' injury reports. They always throw the probable tag on a player if there is any sign of a problem. Markkanen will be out there and should be able to improve upon the late-round value he has been delivering so far this season.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauuri Markkanen (left ankle sprain) is listed as probable against the Cavs on Saturday.

    We are just shocked as you are that Markkanen is listed as probable again with the ankle issue for the seventh straight game. This is just a continuation the Bulls new protocol this season of listing their entire roster on the injury report prior to every game. Fire him up as you normally would.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (left ankle sprain), Ryan Arcidiacono (right elbow discomfort), Luke Kornet (right thumb sprain) and Tomáš Satoranský (sore left ankle) are all listed as probable ahead of Friday's contest vs. the Sixers.

    The Bulls have developed a reputation for listing most of their roster as probable on the official injury report but expect all four of these players to suit up for Friday's game. Markkanen and Satoranský are the only players worth rostering in standard leagues while Kornet might have streaming value with the injuries to Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford.

    Source: NBA Injury Report