Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Portis banned for eight games after fight with Bulls team-mate Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic is entering his fourth season with the Bulls. More Nikola Mirotic is entering his fourth season with the Bulls. More
Jerome Frank | 19 October, 2017, 00:57

Just before the start of training camp, Mirotic, 26, signed a two-year, $27 million deal that contains a team option for the second season.

The Chicago Bulls are suspending forward Bobby Portis for eight games to start the season after he struck teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face during a practice altercation, according to a report from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Mirotic, who is the more-experienced of the two, will miss four to six weeks with a fractured jaw and a concussion.

The Bulls are evaluating disciplinary action, and ESPN reported Portis would be suspended for multiple games. "He's a good kid".

Mirotic was taken to the hospital and released later Tuesday, sources said. But in this incident, he made a mistake.

"Both players owned responsibility in the incident itself", said John Paxson, the Bulls' president of basketball operations. We all know when you make mistakes, we got to suffer the consequences.

The Bulls announced Tuesday that surgery is likely for Mirotic.

Portis will be eligible to return for the Bulls' ninth game of the season against the Raptors on November 7. Not that he didn't have his reasons, as Mirotic was a restricted free agent awaiting a contract from elsewhere or the Bulls.

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.

Mirotic averaged 10.8 points over his first three seasons with Chicago.

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