September 28, 2020, 5:49 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen has indicated his plan is to remain in Chicago long term, although hasn't hinted on whether he would like an extension at this point, per Cody Westerlund.
Markkanen is coming off what was a disappointing season for the Bulls but has affirmed his wishes to remain in the Windy City. He struggled to find his rhythm under former head coach Jim Boylen and along with injury, he presented as one of the more frustrating fantasy players last season. Markkanen has made it clear he is out to prove people wrong and that his personal expectations are at an all-time high. He appears happy with the decision to hire Billy Donovan and should he be overlooked in drafts, Markkanen could be a solid value-play across many formats.
Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter
September 1, 2020, 9:09 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Bulls were granted permission to speak with several assistants for the franchise's head coaching job and interviews with candidates are well underway, including former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson.
Bulls VP of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas and GM Marc Eversley are expected to interview several assistant coaches still involved in the playoffs, including Milwaukee's Darvin Ham, Denver's Wes Unseld Jr. and Miami's Dan Craig. For now, Chicago will have meetings with other assistant coaches whose teams have already been eliminated, including Mavs deputies Jamahl Mosley and Stephen Silas, Ime Udoka from the Sixers and Wolves associate head coach David Vanterpool. The team is also interviewing current assistant Chris Fleming and could also meet with assistant Roy Rogers, both remaining from former coach Jim Boylen's staff. This is undoubtedly a broad search while the coaching job itself is very attractive due to a solid core of young talent, including Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, guard Coby White and center Wendell Carter.
July 8, 2020, 8:54 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen struggled in his third year with the Bulls, scoring only 14.7 points to go with 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 triples, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks on .425/.344/.824 splits, returning 100/104 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Markkanen missed 15 games due to a pelvis injury but the truth of the matter is that he never seemed to be confortable in Jim Boylen’s system, becoming one of the most frustrating and inconsistent fantasy players of the year. The Finnish forward was reportedly unhappy with the Bulls management but the recent reshuffle in their front office, with Arturas Karnisovas as the new VP of Basketball Operations, is only good news for him. The Bulls have not made a decision about their head coach position yet but it’s possible that they move on from Boylen and managers in dynasty leagues should try to buy-low on Markkanen if they can.
April 13, 2020, 2:49 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have fired ex-GM Gar Forman.
After 22 years, with little to show for the last decade of work, Forman is out. It was expected that Forman would be removed with the hiring of new Basketball Ops VP Arturas Karnisovas, though it was reported that he would meet with the team to see exactly what a new role might look like. Lauri Markkanen had been unhappy with the direction of the franchise, so we'll see what the future holds. He's had the biggest fantasy dip of Chicago's big name players this season, so we'll see how he's utilized under new leadership.
Source: Rob Schaefer on Twitter
April 7, 2020, 11:18 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Report: Nuggets' General Manager Arturas Karnisovas is the early frontrunner for the Bulls' top exec spot.
The Bulls are finally planning to move on from the Gar Foreman and John Paxson-led front office, though both may stay with the organization. Karnisovas has the draft and development track record that the Bulls are seeking. The search is in the early stages, though the Bulls do plan to have someone hired prior to the resumption of the season.
April 4, 2020, 8:51 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Lauri Markkanen had been unhappy with the direction of the Bulls organization even before the league went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Markkanen was so displeased, in fact, that he went on to state that if the situation were to remain unchanged, he'd prefer to be elsewhere. The Bulls power forward was a fantasy mess in 2019-20 and some of that could be attributed to the coach and some of it, to his injuries. Still, his statements put the team in a rough spot. considering Markkanen has been widely regarded as a core piece of their future plans. The Bulls are already shaking things up though, making moves towards freshening things up in the front office. The Markkanen-Bulls relationship is a must-watch storyline, especially given his potential in fantasy hoops.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times.
March 10, 2020, 10:44 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen played 27 minutes in Tuesday's win, scoring 15 points (6-for-13 FG) with four rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers.
Markkanen's minutes continue to increase but he's yet to really impress since getting back on the court. Some rust was to be expected but it could be a few more games before Markkanen starts returning middle-round numbers at this rate. Temper expectations but the Finn is still worth holding onto despite these decent-but-not-great performances.
March 8, 2020, 6:03 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen put up 16 points (5-of-8 FG), four assists, a steal and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes on Sunday afternoon.
It's a nice bounceback from Markkanen's 1-of-10 shooting performance on Friday. This was his third game back from a 15-game layoff and his minutes are already trending up quickly, so just hope that he'll be rust-free for next week's four-game schedule.
March 7, 2020, 5:23 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen had a rough go of it on Friday, scoring only three points (1-of-10 FG, 0-for-5 3PT) and collecting five rebounds in 22 minutes in a loss to the Pacers.
Ok, so he's rusty. After missing 15 games with a right pelvic injury, this was only Markkanen's second game back. His per game rank sits just outside the top-100 on the year but his ability to ramp up his production this late in the season seems increasingly doubtful. The Bulls have plenty of minutes to go around, however, and Markkanen had been good prior to the injury. Coach Jim Boylen also announced that he and Otto Porter Jr. will be receiving more minutes going forward. If you've managed to stash Markkanen this long, you might as well use him. If he's on the wire, add him only if you have an open spot.
March 6, 2020, 1:56 pmOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
Otto Porter and Lauri Markkanen will be moving up to 20-22 minutes on Friday night, per Jim Boylen.
Both players had been operating in the 15-18 range in their first games (two in Porter's case) back from lengthy absences. Markkanen needs to be rostered in all formats while Porter could reestablish his standard-league cred with a few good games. He's still a flier for the time being but has been bad even when healthy this season, albeit in a tiny 11-game sample. We'll see how long Thad Young can hold off the competition.
Source: KC Johnson on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 10:43 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (right pelvic stress reaction) returned to the court on Wednesday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four rebounds and a triple in 21 minutes of action.
Markkanen had missed the previous 15 games and was right at the ceiling of his minutes limit tonight, which bodes well for his productivity moving forward. Even better, the Bulls are one of the lucky few teams to have four games next week, so Markkanen would be a huge add for any teams advancing to next week. We'll see what his minutes cap looks like in the next game, but you can plug him back into lineups regardless.
March 4, 2020, 12:58 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (pelvic stress reaction) will start Wednesday's game against the Wolves.
Thaddeus Young owners should expect a dip in value going forward. Markkanen has been out since January 22 but is averaging 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season. Jim Boylen just got Otto Porter Jr. back from a lengthy absence as well.
Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 6:16 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (pelvic stress reaction) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wolves.
it was reported that Markkanen was hopeful to return for this one, and this is a step in the right direction. Thaddeus Young is going to take a sizable hit to his value once Markkanen is fully up to his speed.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 3, 2020, 2:37 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen (pelvic stress reaction) is hoping to return for Wednesday's game against the Wolves after practicing fully on Tuesday.
Markkanen had a target date of early March, and this would be right in line with that expectation. He will likely have a minutes limit for a few games, but he should be ready for a full workload by the fantasy playoffs. Markkanen was having a down year, but is still a top-100 value on a per-game basis this season and should be added in all leagues.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
March 2, 2020, 6:34 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Jim Boylen said that Lauri Markkanen (pelvic stress reaction) is "close" to a return to action.
There's no word on whether he'll be available for Wednesday. Nevertheless, he's certainly worth claiming if anyone dropped him in your league.
Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter