Lauri Markkanen

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  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, 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

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (pelvic stress reaction) has been ruled out of Monday's game.

    No surprise here, as he was listed as doubtful and assigned to the G League for practice purposes. It doesn't sound like he's far off a return though, so make sure he's not on your waivers.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (pelvic stress reaction) has been assigned to the G League's Windy City Bulls for Monday's practice.

    Markkanen will be recalled after the session and it's a step forward in his recovery process. He's listed as doubtful for tonight's game but has been targeting a return to action in early March. The Bulls have a pair of four-game weeks coming up, which puts them ahead of most teams, but it remains to be seen what kind of minutes limit Markkanen will have upon returning to the floor. Either way, now is a great time to make sure he's not on any waiver wires, as he could be back shortly if he's already doing full practices.

    Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen (pelvic stress reaction) is doubtful to play on Monday against the Mavs.

    This is a status upgrade for Markkanen, who is still on track to return in early March. It's time to consider stashing him away if he was dropped in any of your leagues, though he could be playing under some minutes restrictions to start out. Either way, hopefully there's more updates on Markkanen in the coming days.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • 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.