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Chicago Bulls executive VP of basketball operations John Paxson says stretch forward Nikola Mirotic will avoid surgery on facial fractures suffered after teammate Bobby Portis punched him during a practice scuffle.
Paxson told Newsradio 780 WBBM that Mirotic will be at the Advocate Center tomorrow doing a light workout.
John Paxson tells @WBBMNewsradio Niko Mirotic will bypass surgery and do light workout at Advocate center tomorrow.
— George Ofman (@georgeofman) October 30, 2017
Mirotic and Portis were involved in a practice fight that resulted in multiple facial fractures for Mirotic, who also suffered a concussion.
The Spaniard was initially expected to miss four-to-six weeks as a result of the injuries.
Portis was suspended for eight games and expressed remorse over the incident. The third-year forward says he has texted Mirotic but hasn’t received a reply back.
Per the Chicago Sun-Times, representatives from Mirotic’s camp have told the Bulls that either Mirotic or Portis must be gone once Mirotic is ready to return to action.
Mirotic signed a two-year, $27 million deal to remain with the Bulls this past summer. His contract gives him the power to veto any trade, which is unlikely to occur since it’s clear Mirotic wants to leave town if the Bulls keep Portis.
Chicago recently exercised the fourth-year option on Portis.