According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Lauri Markkanen was unhappy with the direction of the franchise prior to the suspension of the season.
Markkanen had taken a significant step backward in 2019-20. He has seen his scoring average drop from 18.7 in 2018-19 to 14.7 points per game, and his rebounding numbers decrease from 9.0 RPG to 6.3. Per Cowley's column, "Markkanen was one unhappy camper before the coronavirus put the NBA on hiatus. Unhappy enough that if the direction of the organization was going to stay unchanged, he'd rather be elsewhere." However, it was reported yesterday that the Bulls have started a formal search process to hire a new top executive with full authority on basketball decisions. The new GM will be tasked with repairing the relationship between Markkanen and the organization. Apr 04 11:19 am (EST)
- Lauri Markkanen made 5-of-8 from the field for 16 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Nets on Sunday.
- Lauri Markkanen made 1-of-10 from the field for three points with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 22 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.
- Coach Jim Boylen said that Lauri Markkanen would play between 20-22 minutes Friday vs. the Pacers. All Lauri Markkanen News
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