Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games After Practice Altercation with Nikola Mirotic

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The team will allow Portis to practice during his suspension.

Bobby Portis is paying the price for his brutal punch on Bulls teammate Nikola Mirotic.as the team has slapped him with an 8-game ban.

With Mirotic out for the foreseeable future and Portis now suspended, attention will turn to rookie Lauri Markkanen at the power forward spot.

Portis and Mirotic were involved in a "serious altercation" at practice on Wednesday (AEDT) that eventually sent Mirotic to the hospital. "He's a good kid".

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The two players had been talking trash to one another in practice, going back and forth before those exchanges escalated into a physical encounter, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Mirotic and Portis got into it during a competitive scrimmage, and it resulted in Portis throwing a punch. He will likely need surgery, according to the team. Mirotic dropped to the floor and lay there for several minutes before getting up.

The Vertical first reported news of the altercation. He was selected with the 7th overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft and averaged 11.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.3 3-pointers while playing 24.8 minutes across three preseason contests.

There's a lot of high expectations for Portis, the 22-year-old Little Rock, Ark. native, who averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Bulls last season. He signed a two-year deal with $12.5 million guaranteed to stay with the Bulls.

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