Bulls' Boozer to miss eight weeks with fractured hand

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer has a fractured right hand that will keep the two-time All-Star out for eight weeks, the NBA team said on Sunday.

Boozer, who signed with the Bulls in July after spending the past six seasons with the Utah Jazz, suffered the injury on Saturday and will need surgery, the team said in a statement that did not elaborate on the incident.

The gritty forward, one of the top players in a stellar free agent market this year, could miss 15 regular-season games if he needs the full eight weeks to recover.

Boozer, who averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds last season with Utah, has missed 145 games over eight seasons due to injury.

The Bulls open the regular season October 27 at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)