Bulls suspend Bobby Portis 8 games after fight with teammate Nikola Mirotic

Bobby Portis

While unable to play, Portis will be able to continue practicing with the team.

The Bulls are scheduled to open their season Thursday in Toronto against the Raptors. Mirotic was hospitalized with a concussion and facial fractures.

Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended for eight games by the Chicago Bulls after his altercation with teammate Nikola Mirotic, the team announced.

"We understand where we are as an organization", vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said.

The Bulls noted in their official news release that surgery is likely required for Mirotic and so have the doctors, according to Paxson. He's a competitive kid, but in this instance he made a mistake. We all know when you make mistakes, we got to suffer the consequences.

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The suspension came after Portis and Mirotic got into it during a practice on Tuesday and ended with Portis laying out Mirotic with a single punch that broke multiple bones in Mirotic's face and gave him a concussion. He is expected to be out for the foreseeable future, league sources said.

Once Portis comes back from his inevitable suspension, our models project him to average 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds over 22.4 minutes per game.

Mirotic, 26, signed a two-year, $27 million contract to return to the Bulls in the offseason.

Mirotic averaged 10.8 points over his first three seasons with Chicago.

Without the floor-spacing big man, they'll somehow be even worse.

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