Lauri Markkanen headed to Cleveland in three-way swap

The Lauri Markkanen saga has finally come to an end. In a three-team trade between the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers, the Bulls sent the fourth year power forward to the Cavaliers in a sign-and-trade. The Markkanen deal is four years, $67 million. The Blazers will receive forward Larry Nance Jr and the Bulls will get wing Derrick Jones Jr and a lottery protected first round pick from the Blazers and a 2023 second round pick from the Cavs. The picks could be crucial for the Bulls…

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Charlotte Hornets reportedly interested in Lauri Markkanen

The Hornets have emerged as a potential suitor for Lauri Markkanen. By Eurohoops teams at eurohoops.net/  info@eurohoops.net Lauri Markkanen is a restricted free agent and the Chicago Bulls can match any offer sheet he may sign with an other team. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Charlotte Hornetsis one club that is strongly interested in potentially presenting an offer sheet to the Finnish forward. Markkanen, as all other restricted free agents, may sign an offer sheet as early as this Friday (6/8). In 2020-21, Markkanen averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 25.8…

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Lauri Markkanen to (sort of) test free agent market

The Chicago Bulls extend a qualifying offer to Lauri Markkanen By Johnny Askounis of eurohoops.net/ info@eurohoops.net Despite raising doubts concerning his future at the Chicago Bulls, Lauri Markkanen has been set to become a restricted free agent after his team extended the qualifying offer, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. Markkanen, 24, has spent the last four seasons attached to the Bulls. He was a regular starter until Nikola Vucevic and Daniel Theis arrived in January pushing him out of the first unit. Rumors surfacing since have suggested him moving away from Chicago this offseason.…

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Lauri Markkanen back against Timberwolves

The Chicago Bulls announces that Lauri Markkanen will play Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Markkanen has been out a month with a pelvic stress reaction. No word if Markkanen will be on any sorts of minutes restriction but with Bulls head coach Jim Boylan’s mystifying rotations, that may not prove to be a factor. It has been largely a disappointing season for the Bulls, but particularly Markkanen. He was expected to make a major leap from his second season, but he got off to a slow start this season…

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Markkanen to come off bench in season debut

Earlier today the Chicago Bulls announced that power forward Lauri Markkanen would make his season debut. It was uncertain that if Markkanen would start or come off the bench or if he’d start. The coaching staff also was undecided if there would be any minutes restriction implemented. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Bulls coach head Fred Hoiberg said that Markkanen will come off the bench. Fred Hoiberg said Lauri Markkanen will come off bench vs. Rockets. — K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 1, 2018 Johnson also added that…

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Lauri Markkanen to make season debut against Rockets Saturday night

Although not how it was planned, Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen will make his season debut tonight against the Houston Rockets.  A Tuesday return for Markkanen had been kicked around inside the Bulls’ organization. Last week head coach Fred Hoiberg said that Markkanen would need “at least a week” worth of work after being cleared for contact, however he has taken part in two contact practices and individual workout without any problems. Markkanen had this to say Friday night in Detroit: I feel good. I’ve got a couple practices in…

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