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Bulls’ Luke Kornet expected to miss 7-10 days after undergoing sinus procedure

Luke Kornet

Masked Luke Kornet debuted for the Knicks last season after the big man suffered a broken nose during December 2018. Now Kornet is expected to miss a week to ten days after undergoing a procedure to address a sinus obstruction that stems from that injury.

Although he’s received DNPs in the Bulls last three games, Kornet is averaging 4.0 in 11.6 minutes per game. Signed to be a stretch five, the center has struggled from deep, shooting just 21.7% from three on 2.3 attempts per game.

Head coach Jim Boylen expanded on the team’s announcement before their home match up against the Milwaukee Bucks. “We just felt it was time to go in there and clean that thing out,” he explained. That happened this morning at 6 AM. He’s out. Surgery went well… I think it’s one of those things they don’t know until they get in there how extreme it is. But he had blockage and it needed to be done.”

Kornet signed with Chicago last offseason, agreeing to a two-year $4.5 million dollar contract after New York declined his option. He was coming off a season in which he played in 46 games, in 17 minutes per game he would average 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and shot 36.3% from three on 4.2 attempts per game.

In his debut for New York in 2017, Kornet had 11 points and ten rebounds to go along with four blocks, thus becoming the second Knick to post a double-double, and the first to block four shots and hit three threes in their debut.

Chicago is coming off of a 117-111 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. After they host the Bucks tonight, the Detroit Pistons come to visit on Wednesday. Without Kornet, the Bulls’ big man rotation is likely limited to Chandler Hutchison, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Thaddeus Young. A one-week absence would have Kornet return next Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.