Bulls Notes: Young, Williams, Markkanen, Porter

There’s no timetable for Thaddeus Young‘s return after a bout with MRSA, a bacterial infection, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. The Bulls forward had his leg drained after it swelled up and it’s healing well but he didn’t play in any preseason games.

“There will probably be some sort of ramp-up period for [Young], so to speak, in terms of he’s missed some conditioning and a lot of practice,” head coach Billy Donovan said. “He was dealing with a hamstring right around the time we started training camp. We’ll have to work to get him back.”

We have more on the Bulls:

  • While the rest of the starting lineup seems set, the small forward position remains in flux, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times reports. Donovan is trying to choose between Otto Porter Jr. and lottery pick Patrick Williams and they bring different skills, Cowley notes.
  • Lauri Markkanen didn’t receive a rookie scale extension prior to Monday’s deadline but he could still be a part of the long-term future, Cowley writes in a separate story. The new front office regime and Donovan simply put off making that decision by seeing what Markkanen does this season and allowing him to set a market price as a restricted free agent. The two sides never got close to an extension agreement, Cowley adds.
  • Despite Porter’s massive $28.5MM expiring contract, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic predicts Chicago will move him at the trade deadline. The team would likely need to include multiple players, as any trade partner wouldn’t give up a high-salary starter for him.
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5 thoughts on “Bulls Notes: Young, Williams, Markkanen, Porter

  1. Mr_KLC

    We’ll give you Harden. Throw in Levine with about 6-7 draft picks and you have a deal.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Markkanen will be RFA next yr. I’m sure he will get a few offers. Could be on his way out. I like his game. Can still become a top stretch 4. Good rebounder too.

  3. thebare54

    Trade PF Thomas firmly of Indiana pacers he knows his role is a defense but he takes important shots why is he in the rotation and never at the end of the game for the bulls.

    • thebare54

      Could be a Dennis Rodman type but not for the bulls and cut are lose from their Australian dream don’t even know his name but he got a go

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