Chicago Bulls suspend Bobby Portis eight games for role in scuffle

19 October, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Nora May
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There was already a dearth of talent on this Bulls roster, but now both Portis and Mirotic are out of commission to start the season after this incident. He will be allowed to practice with the team while he is suspended.

Before the incident, Mirotic was likely to be the Bulls' leading scorer in 2017-18, not because the career 10.8 points-per-game scorer was ready to elevate his game, but because the Bulls are that bad thanks to a series of bewildering trades ostensibly created to rebuild the franchise that instead yielded startlingly unimpressive hauls. "He's a good kid, but he made a mistake". The Bulls are reportedly weighing disciplinary actions for Portis. Portis then dropped Mirotic with a punch that floored him for several minutes before he got up. Portis then punched Mirotic in the face, and the blow gave Mirotic maxillary fractures in his face and a concussion. He signed a two-year deal with $12.5 million guaranteed this season to stay in Chicago. He can practice with the team during his suspension and will be eligible to return for the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against Toronto.

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Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, and was expected to start for Chicago this season. Mirotic has to wait until concussion symptoms subside before doctors can perform any surgery, so the four-to-six-week timetable could change.

With Portis suspended and Mirotic out for a while, the Bulls now find themselves remarkably thin at the power forward and center spots to begin the season.

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