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Lauri Markkanen
SF/PF/C - 7'0, 240lbs - 27 years old - 6 years of NBA experience
Utah Jazz - Acquired via trade in September 2022
  • Birthdate: 05/22/1997
  • Drafted (NBA): 7th pick, 2017
  • Pre-draft team: Arizona
  • Country: Finland
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Michael Lelchitski (Sports International Group)
2017 NBA DraftNBADrafted 7th overall by Minnesota.
2017 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Minnesota, along with Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, to Chicago in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the draft rights to Justin Patton (#16).
5th July, 2017NBASigned four year, $20,389,668 rookie scale contract with Chicago. Included team options for 2019/20 and 2020/21.
6th February, 2018G-LeagueAssigned by Chicago to Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
6th February, 2018G-LeagueRecalled by Chicago from Windy City Bulls of the G-League.
30th October, 2018NBAChicago exercised 2019/20 team option.
Career Moves
2012 - 2014BC Jyasklya (Finland, 1st Division)
2014 - 2016HBA-Marsky Helsinki (Finland, 1st Division)
2016 - 2017Arizona (NCAA)
June 2017 - presentChicago Bulls (NBA)
Articles about Lauri Markkanen

June 29, 2018

Lauri Markkanen
PF – 7’0, 230lbs - 21 years old – 1 year of experience

Notwithstanding the fact that he seemed to be a bit ground down by the end of it – considering he started the summer with an impressive leadership role for Finland in EuroBasket and has never played nearly this many minutes in any season before – Markkanen had a strong rookie campaign that hinted at a versatile future.

An elite shooter, he may go on to be. Will go on to be, even. But an elite shooter, he is not merely. Markkanen can post up, drive a couple of straight-line dribbles, finish unconventional shots, and has shown plenty of reason to believe he will become an all-around offensive weapon.

Markkanen cuts and pops smartly, does not back down from his defenders, and nor does he back down from those he is defending. Developments in his ball-handling, post counters and defensive positioning – he makes pretty good plays on the ball but is not always in the right place to do so – could see him become quite the modern day NBA weapon.

A bit shot happy at times (justified by the fact that he should take the opportunity during a blatant tank to try out the Main Guy Mentality) and lacking in strength and stamina at the moment (nothing a couple of seasons of NBA strength coaching cannot fix), Markkanen looked good in his rookie campaign. One of the future frontcourt pieces is in position already.

Player Plan: Three seasons of rookie scale salary remaining. Keep it right here.

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