Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen out six-to-eight weeks with elbow sprain

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The Bulls haven’t even tipped off a preseason game and they have faced a setback.

Second-year player Lauri Markkanen, who is expected to carry a healthy scoring load for the Bulls, is going to be out the rest of training camp and the first few weeks of the regular season with an elbow sprain, the team announced Friday.

The team’s announced timeline has Markkanen back somewhere in the second or third week of November. As Jeff Stotts of InStreetClothes noted, this is much the same injury Nicolas Batum suffered last season and he was out six weeks (42 days exactly). However, with the Bulls not expecting to win this season, they may be cautious in bringing him back.

Markkanen averaged 15.2 points per game to go along with 7.5 rebounds plus he could stretch the floor from three.

Expect this to mean Jabari Parker is going to get a real shot to prove he deserves minutes in Chicago, and Bobby Portis will get some extra run, too.