Chicago Bulls suspend Bobby Portis for eight games after punch

Bobby Portis suspended 8 games for punching Bulls teammate Nikola Mirotic

After Bulls forward Bobby Portis punched his teammate and likely starting power-forward - Nikola Mirotic in the face in a mid-practice scuffle on Tuesday, the team announced on Wednesday that Portis will be suspended for eight games.

Portis and Mirotic were involved in a "serious altercation" at practice on Tuesday that eventually sent the latter to the hospital. He's a competitive kid, but in this instance he made a mistake.

The suspension comes on the heels of reports on Monday night that Portis got into it with Mirotic, resulting in him punching Mirotic.

One player absent from those workouts throughout the offseason? A restricted free agent, he signed a two-year contract that could pay as much as $27 million in September.

According to multiple Bulls players, and a fact that that Paxson acknowledged himself, the Portis-Mirotic conflict has been brewing for a few seasons, as the two forwards had a handful of shouting and shoving matches in practice going back to the 2015-16 campaign.

It's unclear what caused the infraction, but Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reported that it was "three years in the making", and that Mirotic instigated it. He can practice with the team during his suspension and will be eligible to return for the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against Toronto.

The 6-foot-10, 238-pound Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games (15 starts) last season and was expected to start for Chicago this season.

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