Chicago Bulls: Nikola Mirotic's face broken in practice scuffle

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Bulls executive vice-president John Paxson, who announced the ban, also said Mirotic, of Spanish and Montenegro citizenship, will miss four to six weeks after suffering upper jaw fractures and a concussion in Tuesday's altercation. "And that punch connected". It certainly was not what the rebuilding Bulls wanted heading into the season opener at Toronto today. He will be able to practice with the team during his suspension. "He's a good kid".

The players had been talking trash to one another in practice, going back and forth before those exchanges escalated into a physical encounter, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to the Bulls, Mirotic likely will require surgery.

Mirotic dropped to the floor and lay there for several minutes before getting up.

Just before the start of training camp, Mirotic, 26, signed a two-year, $27 million deal that contains a team option for the second season. He has averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists over his 218-game National Basketball Association career. The 2015 first-round pick by the Bulls averaged 6.9 points and 5.0 rebounds over 126 games the past two seasons.

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