Lauri Markkanen is a Finnish basketball player who plays for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected him in the 2017 NBA draft with the 7th overall pick. The Chicago Bulls then traded him for Jimmy Butler.
Markkanen shined as a star rookie for Chicago last season, averaging 7.5 rebounds and 15.2 points in 68 games. He even knocked down 36.2 per cent of his 3-pointers last season. He is currently out of the squad as he sprained his elbow in late September. Lauri hasn’t appeared in any game this season. However, he has been cleared for full contact as of now and will probably return sometime in early December, as reported by the Sun-Times.
People are eagerly waiting to know Lauri Markkanen wife and their married life. So, let’s take an in-depth sight into Markkanen’s bio, including his height, injury, age, family, wife, net worth, and contract.
|Birth Name||Lauri Elias Markkanen|
|Birthday||May 22, 1997|
|Parents||Pekka and Riikkaa Markkanen|
|Siblings||Mikka and Eero Markkanen|
Wife and Son
Lauri is a happily married man. He is quite lucky as well because he married the one who he fell in love with. He exchanged wedding vows with his longtime girlfriend, Verna Aho in 2017. His wife, Aho is also from Finland.
Aho, the wife of a famous basketball player Lauri, is a vegan. She runs a blog where she talks about the advantages of vegan food and gives her opinion on various issues.
Lauri and his wife, Aho, welcomed their first child, a son in February 2018. He took to his Instagram account to share his new bundle of joy and posted a picture of his new-born son on 2nd February.
Net worth, Contract, and Salary
Lauri played basketball from a very young age, starting from his junior year for his local team named HoNsu. Later, he played for a team called HBA-Marsky for some years in the Finnish second-tier league.
After gaining success in Finland, Lauri moved to the U.S for a new challenge and joined Arizona Wildcats for the season of 2016-17. He showed excellent skills on the game due to which his talents got recognised and SB Nation made a statement on him, saying:
‘The best shooting 7-footer college basketball has ever seen’.
After turning heads of various teams and coaches through his skill set, Lauri was listed on the NBA Draft of 2017 where he was the no. 7 pick. Minnesota Timberwolves signed him on that particular draft.
Later, Lauri moved to Chicago Bulls on 5th of July in 2017. He then earned his place among the starting lineup and played almost every game for the Bulls. His career-high came against Indiana Pacers where he scored 32 points and seven rebounds and bagged a win for his team on a match of 119-107 points.
Lauri continued to improve and impress the basketball world. On January 28, 2018, he surpassed the Hanno Mottola as the all-time leading scorer of Finland with 721 points to his name. Due to his ever improving game and quality sport-men-ship, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on May 22, 2018.
Lauri had signed a 2-year contract with the Chicago Bulls worth of $8,357,760. His annual average salary is $4,178,880. In 2018-2019, he will earn a base salary of $4,536,120. But what’s the figure of Lauri Markkanen net worth?
As of 2018, Markkanen’s salary is under review.
Age, Height, Parents, Brothers
Born in 1997 in Vantaa, Finland, Lauri is Finnish by nationality. His birthday falls on 22nd of May, which makes his current age 21.
Markkanen is a proud son of his parents- Pekka and Riikkaa Markkanen. His mother and father were also professional basketball players. He has two brothers named Mikka and Eero Markkanen; the later is a footballer who plays for Dalkurd FF. So, it is safe to say that sport runs in their bloodline.
Lauri stands tall at the height of 7ft and weighs around 240lbs.