Dio's tour of the league pulls off in the Central Division, where some young players could be looking at additional opportunities for teams that are looking to take a step forward.
October 11, 2019, 1:00 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls will rest Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr., Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky in Friday's matchup vs. the Pacers.
The Bulls are basically resting their entire starting lineup here. There's no need to play these guys too much in the preseason and they should be fresh and ready when the regular season starts in two weeks.
Source: Darnell Mayberry on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 12:05 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and two threes in the Bulls' 127-125 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Markkanen produced well on offense in this game but had zero blocks. Markkanen has top-40 upside but is an injury risk and because of his lack of defensive stats it's hard to reach for him in the middle rounds.
October 7, 2019, 11:32 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen hit four 3-pointers to go with 14 points (5-of-12 FGs), five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes in Monday's 122-112 loss to the Bucks.
Markkanen has had quite a few injury woes over his young career, but when he's been healthy, he's shown top-40 potential. If he doesn't stay healthy and improve his blocks per game (0.6 both seasons so far), he'll have a tough time returning value on his top-50 ADP.
September 4, 2019, 1:30 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
According to The Athletic's Darnell Mayberry, the Bulls are looking to use Lauri Markkanen at center more often in addition to his usual stretch-four position.
A position shift could affect Daniel Gafford and Luke Kornet, among others. Markkanen spent just 15 percent of his minutes at center last season, averaging 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds overall. He was a consistent double-digit scorer last season but faded a bit down the stretch. A move to center could help Markkanen's fantasy value because his quickness helps him score against typical NBA centers.
Source: Darnell Mayberry on The Athletic
July 17, 2019, 10:12 pmLuke KornetPF-C, Chicago Bulls
Luke Kornet has inked a deal with the Chicago Bulls for two years worth $4.5 million according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Kornet is another stretch big that will fit into the Bulls' system similar to how Lauri Markkanen does. He is a 36-percent shooter from beyond the arc in his career and shoots at will, so he should be a nice role player for an improved Bulls team.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 12:51 pmLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (rapid heart rate) has been cleared to resume all basketball activities.
Markkanen was experiencing rapid heart rate and fatigue towards the end of a game back on March 26 versus the Raptors before subsequently being shut down. After undergoing testing it seems that Markkanen was given a clean bill of health and should be expected to play under no restrictions heading into the 2019-20 season.
Source: Cody Westerlund on twitter
April 10, 2019, 10:55 pmLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen battled through elbow and hip injuries, along with extreme fatigue at the end of the season which caused him to only play 52 games.
Despite only 52 games, Markkanen took a step forward in his second season averaging 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.3 3-pointers. He'll finish just outside the top-50 in 8-cat and just inside the top-50 in 9-cat. It looks like the Bulls have a special young player that should continue to grow his game.
April 7, 2019, 9:23 amLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
Since being shut down for the season, all tests done on Lauri Markkanen (rapid heart rate) have come back negative.
These sorts of ailments are taken very seriously so it's great to hear that Markkanen has received good news on that front since getting his diagnosis. While he isn't returning this year, it seems like he's on track to play once next season opens up.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
March 27, 2019, 10:26 pmLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are shutting down Lauri Markkanen (illness/fatigue) for the remainder of the season according to Shams Charania of The Athletic
The Bulls announced that he had an episode of a rapid heartbeat, and are looking to take precaution with their franchise cornerstone. This comes as a surprise and will be a huge blow to any teams that were hoping for his return for this last stretch of the fantasy playoffs. Brandon Sampson started in place of Markkanen tonight, but he won't fill the void on his own. Robin Lopez is must-start moving forward while others like Wayne Selden and Cristiano Felicio will have extended run to fill his role in the offense.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 27, 2019, 2:25 pmLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are listing Lauri Markkanen (illness) as out for Wednesday's matchup against the Blazers.
With Markkanen out Robin Lopez, Cristiano Felicio are going to get almost all of the big man minutes. Felicio has been playing decent lately with 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over the last week, and looks to be a nice dart throw as someone is going to have to provide an inside scoring punch tonight for the depleted Bulls.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter
March 26, 2019, 8:57 pmLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (illness) is questionable to return to Tuesday's game.
Brandon Sampson started the second half in Markkanen's place, and now we know why. If the Raptors continue to add to their lead we can't imagine that Markkanen would return. His night would end with 10 points, nine rebounds, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer with a 2-of-10 shooting line in 16 minutes if he doesn't come back.
Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter
March 21, 2019, 12:58 amLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen went off for 32 points and 13 rebounds on 12-of-21 shooting in 38 minutes in a 126-120 win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
He added five assists and five 3-pointers to his monstrous stat line. He should easily carry middle-round value due to his scoring and rebounding alone. Although he has slowed down over the past two weeks, he should turn it round and have a strong finish to the season.
March 19, 2019, 12:25 amLauri MarkkanenF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists, a 3-pointer and two blocks on Monday.
Markkanen finally broke through his slump tonight and it was only a matter of time before it happened. The 1-for-4 mark from deep is still a bit low, but he went 6-for-11 from 2-point range and focused more on getting buckets closer to the basket to establish a rhythm. He'll look to carry his momentum on Wednesday against the Wizards.
The Bulls were supposed to take a step forward with their young core. A lot of teams are supposed to do a lot of things...