Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen to make season debut vs. Rockets

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Lauri Markkanen, who suffered a sprained elbow early in training camp and has been out for the first month of the season, is set to come back Tuesday night.

Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the story and it has since been confirmed by NBC Sports Chicago.

Markkanen practiced on Tuesday with the team, but coach Fred Hoiberg had said he was still about a week away, which is why Saturday’s announcement was a surprise.

Markkanen averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds a game last season as a rookie, and he made the NBA All-Rookie First Team. More than just points, Markkanen can stretch the floor and provide spacing for the attacks of Zach LaVine and others.

It will take some time to adjust with Markkanen back in the lineup, but in a building season for the Bulls it’s just about their star young big developing some chemistry with their other young players through the rest of this season.