Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen has been cleared for full basketball activity
Markkanen, 21, began to experience some alarming health issues in a game against the Toronto Raptors on March 26. His symptoms included an increased heart rate and extreme fatigue. At that time, the Bulls decided to hold the star player out until further testing could be done. Physicians later determined the cause of his ailments to be related to a combination of dehydration and nutrient deficiency.
According to the Bulls’ official update, Markkanen will begin his offseason training routine in his native country of Finland before returning to Chicago mid-summer:
UPDATE: The Bulls announced today that after completing thorough examinations from cardiologists at both Rush University Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University, Lauri Markkanen has been cleared to resume full basketball related activities.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 11, 2019
Though he’s young, Markkanen has already become an important piece of Chicago’s rotation. The former No. 7 overall pick made 52 appearances with the Bulls this season, racking up averages of 18.7 points on 43.0 percent shooting from the field (36.1 percent from beyond the arc), 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.3 minutes per outing.
The fact that Markkanen is going to be okay is certainly good news for the Bulls, who are currently in the hunt for a top selection in the upcoming draft. As it stands today, Chicago holds a 12.5 percent chance of landing the coveted first pick. New York, Cleveland and Phoenix hold the highest odds (14 percent).