Bulls' Markkanen cleared for basketball activities

Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers at the United Center on March 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has been cleared to resume full basketball activities after missing the final two weeks of the season because of a heart problem.

The Bulls announced Thursday that he was cleared after examinations by cardiologists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Johns Hopkins.

Markkanen left a game at Toronto on March 26 because of extreme fatigue and an accelerated heart rate. The team says doctors at Rush and Johns Hopkins determined dehydration and nutrient deficiency caused the problem.

The Bulls say Markkanen will begin his offseason training in his native Finland and return to Chicago in midsummer. The 7-footer averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in his second season as Chicago went 22-60.