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Lauri Markkanen Close to Returning

The third-year forward is slated to return soon.
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This morning, the Chicago Bulls announced that power forward Lauri Markkanen will be assigned to NBA G-League affiliate Windy City Bulls for an upcoming practice.

Lauri Markkanen has been out since January 22nd with an ankle injury. The seven-footer has struggled in his third season and many attributed that to him not being healthy. John Paxson also noted that the Bulls needed to find a way to get him more engaged within the offense.

Per Game Table

SeasonAgeTmLgPosGGSMPFGFGAFG%3P3PA3P%2P2PA2P%eFG%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS

2017-18

20

CHI

NBA

PF

68

68

29.7

5.5

12.7

.434

2.1

5.9

.362

3.4

6.8

.497

.518

2.1

2.4

.843

1.2

6.3

7.5

1.2

0.6

0.6

1.2

1.5

15.2

2018-19

21

CHI

NBA

PF

52

51

32.3

6.6

15.3

.430

2.3

6.4

.361

4.3

8.9

.479

.506

3.3

3.8

.872

1.4

7.6

9.0

1.4

0.7

0.6

1.6

2.3

18.7

2019-20

22

CHI

NBA

PF

46

46

30.3

5.1

12.0

.424

2.2

6.4

.344

2.9

5.6

.516

.515

2.7

3.2

.826

1.2

5.2

6.5

1.5

0.8

0.5

1.7

2.0

15.0

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Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/2/2020.

A hopeful target date for his return should be Wednesday, March 4th when the Chicago Bulls take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. In Markkanen's absence, the Chicago Bulls only won three out of 14 games.