Markkanen took part in the non-contact portions of Monday's practice, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. Markkanen is yet to play this season as he works back from a sprained right elbow, but he continues to progress incrementally and remains on course for a return sometime in the next few weeks.
Markkanen (elbow) shot three-pointers at practice Wednesday, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. Markkanen has progressed beyond basic conditioning work, but per a report from the team earlier this week, he remains 2-to-4 weeks away from returning to game action.
Markkanen remains 2-to-4 weeks away from returning to game action, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. We're coming up on seven weeks since Markkanen suffered the elbow injury that's kept him off the floor to begin this season, and while he's making progress, he'll likely remain out beyond the initial, 6-to-8-week timetable handed down by the team. Coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls are exercising caution, and he implied that Markkanen's absence would likely stretch into the month of December. The second-year forward will likely be eased back into action once healthy, but he'll eventually enter the lineup at forward and be among the Bulls' top offensive options.
Coach Fred Hoiberg said Wednesday that Markkanen is still weeks away from participating in contact drills, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. "He's getting on the track and doing some straight-ahead running," Hoiberg said. "He feels good. He doesn't have any pain with that. He's still a couple weeks away from really doing anything as far as contact is concerned. But it's good to see him upping his activity." This isn't exactly the most encouraging update, but with the lottery clearly in their sights, the Bulls certainly won't rush Markkanen back into action. At this point, it looks as though a late-November return is still realistic, but Markkanen will likely need several practices to get back up to speed, and he could have his minutes monitored, initially, when he's cleared to return to game action. For now, expect Jabari Parker and Chandler Hutchison to continue to pick up most of the minutes at power forward with Bobby Portis also on the shelf.
Markkanen is out of his elbow brace, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports. Markkanen is recovering from the high-grade elbow sprain he suffered in late September. The removal of his elbow brace is a step in the right direction, although we won't have an idea for his timetable to return until he begins practicing. When Markkanen does get back on the court, he will presumably take back his role as the Bulls' starting power forward, likely pushing Bobby Portis to the bench.
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