NBA Rumor: Lauri Markkanen Military Service

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lauri Markkanen has been included in Finland’s Defense Forces Sports School list, as noted by BasketNews. Markkanen, 24, is expected to fulfill his military requirement for Finland but is not expected to miss any games for the Cavaliers, who are currently the No. 7 seed in the East with a 14-12 record. “Lauri takes great pride in being from and representing Finland in the NBA,” Markkanen’s agent, Michael Lelchitski of SIG Sports,told HoopsHype in a statement. “One of his civic requirements is serving in the Finnish military. He is prepared to fulfill that duty at the appropriate time.”

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Lauri Markkanen to begin military service next April?

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Lauri Markkanen has been included in the Finnish Defense Forces Sports School list, meaning the NBA player may need to serve in the Finnish military. A total of 98 athletes from 20 different sports were selected for the III/22 entry round of the sports school. 82 athletes from 15 sports were selected for the Jaeger Regiment of the Guard, and 16 athletes from five different sports were selected for the Kainuu Brigade.

In general, men in Finland have to go through military service by the age of 28. Professional athletes are designated to serve in a special ‘Sports School’ unit that is meant to help athletes train while completing their military service. The military service is supposed to start on April 11th, 2022, one day after the NBA regular season ends. The shortest military service to be fulfilled for an athlete is 165 days. It is currently unclear how Markkanen will complete his obligation to the country or if he will serve in the military at all.
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May 26, 2022 | 6:49 pm EDT Update