Zach LaVine Expected To Undergo Knee Surgery After Season

Bulls guard Zach LaVine, who has been bothered for much of the year by left knee problems, is expected to undergo surgery after the team’s season ends in order to address the injury, a source tells Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. It will likely be an arthroscopic procedure, Cowley adds.

LaVine’s ongoing knee issue hasn’t caused him to miss a ton of time this season, but he has been affected by the injury for months. When he discussed his knee in early March and suggested he could require offseason surgery, LaVine said that he felt like he was still one of the best players in the NBA even at 70% or 80% of his usual self.

However, a source close to the situation tells Cowley that LaVine was “more like 50%, and that’s on a good day.” According to Cowley’s source, the maintenance on the knee for the past few months has often been an “all-day ordeal.” It has been bad timing for 27-year-old, who earned the opportunity to play in the postseason for the first time this spring and who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Still, there’s no sense that LaVine’s knee problem is degenerative or that it will affect him long-term, Cowley says, so the hope is that he’ll be able to get back to his old self following his recovery from surgery. According to Cowley, the expectation remains that the Bulls and LaVine will discuss a maximum-salary contract this offseason.

LaVine has been ruled out for Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series vs. Milwaukee after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. With the Bucks holding a 3-1 lead, it’s possible Chicago’s season will be over in a matter of hours, in which case LaVine and the team could start making plans for his surgery very soon.

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