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Bulls Announce Injuries, Jones Jr. and Bradley Banged Up

The Bulls announced that forward Derrick Jones Jr. and big man Tony Bradley are both dealing with injuries ahead of Tuesday's preseason opener.
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Reports surfaced today announcing that both forward Derrick Jones Jr. and big man Tony Bradley are injured. The forward sustained a left ankle sprain, while the big man has a left lower back strain.

Both players are new additions to the Chicago Bulls' roster, and were looking to impress during the preseason. While the timeline for both injuries have yet to be announced, they are both likely to miss the team's preseason opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Jones Jr. is a high flying athlete who the team acquired from the Portland Trailblazers in the Lauri Markkanen trade. Last season, he averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game. With starting power forward Patrick Williams already sidelined with an ankle sprain of his own, Jones Jr. figured to fill a majority of the team's power forward minutes this preseason.

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Standing 6-foot-10, Tony Bradley split his time last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Last season saw him post career highs in minutes (16.3), points (7.1), rebounds (5.7), and assists (0.9). The Bulls will likely turn to either rookie big Marko Simonovic or former Los Angeles Clippers second-round pick Daniel Oturu for backup center minutes until Bradley is healthy.

The Bulls and Cavaliers tip-off at 7:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday at the United Center. The preseason opener will be the first time Bulls fans can see the revamped roster in action.