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Lauri Markkanen claims Thaddeus Young is ‘very physical’

Bulls, Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young

Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen says veteran swingman Thaddeus Young is “very physical.”

Young signed a three-year, $41 million free agent deal with the Bulls this summer after spending the previous three years with the Indiana Pacers.

Markkanen has worked out with Young this offseason and loves what the lefty brings to the table.

“I’ve played against Thad. He’s a really good player. He’s very physical,” Markkanen told K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “And what he really does is lead vocally. I’ve really enjoyed talking to him and working out with him.”

Last season with the Pacers, Thaddeus Young averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free-throw line. Young is a versatile player who is going to help the Bulls in a multitude of ways in 2019-20.

All signs point toward Young coming off the bench for the Bulls. Chicago is expected to start Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

Markkanen, who missed the first 23 games of the 2018-19 season because of a right elbow injury he suffered in training camp, put up 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists when he returned to the lineup. The Bulls are excited to see Young mentor Markkanen and help him grow as a player.