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.
Markkanen suffered a high grade elbow sprain that could keep him sidelined up to two months, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Markkanen was sidelined at Friday's practice, and it appears the injury is worse than originally thought. With the season a little more than two weeks away, the second year stretch-four could miss the first month and a half. A late-November return would leave him sidelined for roughly 20 games. Bobby Portis figures to be the prime beneficiary out the gate, but it is unclear how the Bulls will shake up their starting lineup. Missing nearly a quarter of the season will certainly impact Markkanen's fantasy stock, but he could still provide value as a late-round stash. Expect an update on his recovery timeline once the Bulls provide more information.
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