The Bulls have exercised their third-year option on forward Lauri Markkanen and the fourth-year options on guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine.
Dunn, Valentine and Markkanen have all missed extended time this season due to injury. Markkanen, whom management has labeled as a franchise building block, injured his elbow during training camp. The 21-year-old is expected to return as early as mid-to-late November. Bobby Portis replaced Markkanen in the starting lineup early on, but last week he suffered a sprained MCL. Rookie Chandler Hutchison has picked up those minutes.
Valentine was initially diagnosed with a sprained ankle and was expected to miss two weeks, but another examination revealed he had suffered a bone bruise and would miss more time.
On Oct. 23, coach Fred Hoiberg announced Dunn would miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. He has already missed two games due to the birth of his son. Cameron Payne has replaced Dunn at starting point guard.
Markkanen and Dunn were acquired through a draft-night trade with Minnesota last season that also landed Zach LaVine on the Bulls in exchange for Jimmy Butler and a 2017 draft pick. Last season, Markkanen averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. His performance earned him All-Rookie first team selection.
Dunn averaged averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6 assists per game last year.
Valentine, who was drafted 14th by Chicago in 2016, averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 27.2 minutes per game.
Bulls pick up options on Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine
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