CHICAGO — The Bulls announced Wednesday night that forward Lauri Markkanen‘s season is finished for corrective measures while he undergoes additional health care testing over another 10 14 days to determine why he suffered an immediate heart rate and fatigue during Tuesday’s game at Toronto.
“The long-term health of our players is to we’s main concern,” John Paxson, the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations said in an announcement. “We shall continue to track Lauri’s condition and work with our medical team and health practitioners to provide him with what he can need.”
The 7-foot forward from Finland is averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in his second season.
“Obviously we’re disappointed for Lauri, and for us. But we’re hopeful that he’ll be just fine,” trainer Jim Boylen said.
Markkanen was evaluated in the practice room by the Bulls’ medical team and Toronto’s team physician after leaving at the first half Tuesday night at a loss to the Raptors. He underwent more tests in a hospital after the game and stayed in Toronto overnight.
Early in the day Wednesday, Boylen said Markkanen was in his office requesting to play against Portland after an examination by doctors in Chicago.
Markkanen’s accident is the most up-to-date in a long lineup for the Bulls this season. (strained right rotator cuff) and also Kris Dunn (back) also sat out Wednesday’s 118-98 loss to Portland. In addition, Wendell Carter Jr. , Chandler Hutchison and Denzel Valentine are recovering from season-ending accidents.