Chicago Bulls center Luke Kornet is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks after tests revealed he sustained a severe ankle sprain and a fracture of his fifth metatarsal during practice on Feb. 21, the team announced Thursday.
Kornet averaged 10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 14 games as a starter over the last month compared to 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 0.5 assists in 22 contests as a reserve.
The timeline could put Kornet's season in jeopardy. At six weeks, he would be scheduled to return around April 9, while an eight-week absence would keep him out until approximately April 23. The regular season ends April 15, and the Bulls are currently six-and-a-half games behind the Orlando Magic for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
Kornet signed a two-year, $4.5-million deal with Chicago last summer.