Bulls Don’t Believe LaVine Will Need Surgery

The Bulls are finishing their road trip without Zach LaVine, who left for Chicago this morning for further examination on his injured left ankle, writes K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

LaVine, who sprained his deltoid ligament Thursday night, will miss at least two games. Early indications are that he will need a least a week to rest, Johnson reports, but the team doesn’t think surgery will be necessary.

“We are going to consult with some other specialists and try to figure out exactly what’s going on and create a plan of action,” coach Jim Boylen said. “We’re disappointed and sorry that he was hurt. But we’re hopeful we can get a good evaluation and get moving towards recovery. He’s seeing our guys right now. And he’s going to see some specialists because we want to get as much information as we can. And then we’ll get a diagnosis and start building a rehab schedule.”

The Bulls were in Mexico City on Thursday, and an MRI wasn’t performed until the team arrived in San Antonio Friday afternoon. The team wants its specialists in Chicago to review the results before deciding on the next step of treatment.

LaVine is having by far his best NBA season, averaging career highs in points (23.8), rebounds (4.9) and assists (4.8). He is providing plenty of value on the new four-year, $80MM contract he received when the Bulls matched an offer sheet from the Kings in July.

Losing LaVine is the latest in a long string of bad luck for the Bulls, who just saw Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis all return from early-season injuries. The team is having trouble building any continuity with a constantly changing lineup.

Although Chicago is short-handed, Jabari Parker still won’t return to the rotation, Johnson adds. Boylen  plans to start Dunn and Ryan Arcidiacono in the backcourt tonight, while Chandler Hutchison will return after missing Thursday’s game with an illness. The Bulls are trying to work out a trade involving Parker.

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7 thoughts on “Bulls Don’t Believe LaVine Will Need Surgery

    • Bryzzo2016

      It’s not 40 mil. Next year is a team
      option. It’s a pro rated 20 mil exp contract for a proven scorer that’s finally healthy. Someone will grab him.

    • PeeWeeHerron618

      somebody will trade for him, he’s still young & his contract isn’t bad

  1. Djones246890

    None of these guys can stay healthy. This team is made out of glass.

  2. Parker is an expiring contract, nothing more. He’s a younger player who’s not controllable (except thru the insanity of paying him 20 mm), and not productive (if you’re benched by one of the worst teams in the league when they’re rebuilding and you’re young, chances are you’re not what a contender is looking for).

  3. stevep-4

    Parker can still play, as long as all you want is some instant offense off the bench. He is not even a passable defender, might as well put a lawn chair out there on defense.

    For a contender looking for that one skill, he is valuable. He is benched because the new coach is emphasizing defensive effort.

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