Bobby Portis suspended 8 games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in face

19 October, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Colin Gill
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Hopefully, Mirotic and Portis will be able to hash things out.

Both players will not travel with the team to Toronto for the regular season opener on Thursday night, which means the start at power forward will go to rookie Lauri Markkanen. Sources told ESPN that strike left Mirotic with a fractured bone, sending him to the hospital.

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended for eight games after punching team-mate and fellow forward Nikola Mirotic.

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In announcing the suspension by the team, Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Mirotic will be out four to six weeks after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion from Tuesday's altercation.

Wojnarowski reported that Bulls GM Gar Foreman was at practice and witnessed the incident.

Despite the reports about Portis' punch, Paxson also disputed that the punch that struck Mirotic was not a "sucker punch". Portis will be eligible to return for the Bulls' ninth game of the season, which is coincidentally also at Toronto on November 7. A restricted free agent, he signed a two-year contract that could pay as much as $27 million in September.

Once Portis comes back from his inevitable suspension, our models project him to average 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds over 22.4 minutes per game. The Bulls made their intentions clear when they dealt one of the league's best two-way players to Minnesota and reunited Butler with former coach Tom Thibodeau.


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