Regardless, the incident puts a serious damper on what the Bulls had called a fresh start with their full rebuild following the trade of Jimmy Butler. As a result of the incident, Mirotic suffered a concussion and maxillary fractures. Surgery is likely required. "Mirotic is out indefinitely". The Chicago Tribune reported Mirotic went home Tuesday evening with two broken bones in his face.
The two engaged in a shoving match during Tuesday's practice, and Charania reports a "cheap shot" from Portis sent Mirotic to the hospital. Portis was battling for backup minutes. The report says N.M. has been released from the hospital.
Not exactly the best timing for a Bulls team that felt like this camp had brought them closer together, and especially not good timing with their season starting in Toronto on Thursday.
Neither the Bulls nor the National Basketball Association have commented on the fight. The Bulls have a $2.494 million team option for his fourth season.