Bulls' Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games For Punching Nikola Mirotic

Bulls' Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games For Punching Nikola Mirotic

According to multiple Bulls players, and a fact that that Paxson acknowledged himself, the Portis-Mirotic conflict has been brewing for a few seasons, as the two forwards had a handful of shouting and shoving matches in practice going back to the 2015-16 campaign.

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis has a call setup with the National Basketball Association on Wednesday to discuss the altercation he got into with forward Nikola Mirotic on Tuesday, and he's expected to face a multi-game suspension. He will be allowed to practice with the team while he is suspended. Mirotic dropped to the floor and lay there for several minutes before getting up. He will likely need surgery and is out indefinitely. Mirotic was sent to the hospital after the incident.

Before the incident, Mirotic was likely to be the Bulls' leading scorer in 2017-18, not because the career 10.8 points-per-game scorer was ready to elevate his game, but because the Bulls are that bad thanks to a series of bewildering trades ostensibly created to rebuild the franchise that instead yielded startlingly unimpressive hauls.

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Paxson said that the Bulls got counsel from the league on how to handle the situation. "He's a competitive kid", Bulls Executive Vice President John Paxson told reporters on Tuesday in announcing the suspension.

Portis, 22, averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, and was battling Mirotic for the team's starting power forward spot.

Mirotic ended up signing a two-year deal with the Bulls on media day, and within two weeks was all but named a starter over Portis.

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