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Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine expected to miss two weeks with sprained ankle

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 03: Denzel Valentine #45 of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass against the Milwaukee Bucks during a preseason game at the United Center on October 3, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Good news for the Bulls: Their No. 14 pick, Denzel Valentine, looked good in his preseason debut.

Bad news for the Bulls: He also sprained his ankle.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Valentine downplayed the injury after the game. Maybe Chicago is just being extremely cautious.

Either way, he should be back for the regular season.

However, missing portions of the preseason tends to be more detrimental the younger a player is. The rookie Valentine could use this time to transition to the NBA, though a four-year career at Michigan State provides a solid base. Still, this won’t help Valentine battle Doug McDermott, Tony Snell and Isaiah Canaan for wing minutes behind Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.