Mirotic out indefinitely after altercation with Bulls teammate Portis

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Nikola Mirotic (C) joioned the Chicago Bulls in 2014 and re-signed with the team in this off-season (AFP Photo/Jason Miller)
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Chicago (AFP) - Chicago Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic will miss the start of the NBA season with a concussion and facial fractures after an altercation with teammate Bobby Portis, the team said Tuesday.

"Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic had a physical altercation during today's practice," the Bulls said in a statement.

"As a result of the incident, Mirotic suffered a concussion and maxillary fractures. Surgery is likely required. Mirotic is out indefinitely.

"The Bulls are evaluating disciplinary action," the statement added.

The Chicago Tribune cited an unnamed source as saying Mirotic, of Montenegro, was treated in hospital and released.

Mirotic joioned the Bulls in 2014 and re-signed with the team in this off-season.

He and Portis have been teammates since 2015.

The fracas came on the opening day of the 2017-18 season. The Bulls are due to open their campaign on Thursday at the Toronto Raptors.