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Report: Bulls have no interest in trading Lauri Markkanen

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Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen has gotten off to a disappointing start to the 2019-20 season.

There are some in Chicago — mostly fans — who believe the Bulls should look to trade Markkanen since he’s been in a slump basically for most of the season.

However, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls have no interest in trading Lauri:

The victory against the Hornets amounts to a couple of ice cubes thrown on a season that has been more a dumpster fire of dysfunction than a promising rebuild. If LaVine and Markkanen can’t figure it out, one of them might have to go. That’s why rumors of a possible Markkanen trade have cropped up even though a source in the organization adamantly shot down those whispers.

In 17 games this season for the Bulls, Markkanen is averaging 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He’s shooting just 35.4 percent from the field, 27.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.0 percent from the free-throw line.

In the Bulls’ comeback win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, Markkanen didn’t even close the game. We are seeing significant regression from Markkanen on both sides of the ball this season. That’s not a good sign whatsoever.

The good news is that there’s still plenty of time for Markkanen to get things in order. The Bulls are hoping Lauri snaps out of his funk sooner rather than later.