CHICAGO – The Bulls’ likelihood of returning a starting point guard before the start of the 2023-24 season could be in jeopardy based on a report Thursday.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is a possibility that Lonzo Ball will need a third surgery on the left knee that has kept him out for more than a year. That will require another six months of rehab, which could keep him out for the start of training camp and next season.
According to Vainarovsky, the final decision has not been made.
It could be another rough patch in a Bulls career that began with high hopes for the guard the team acquired in the summer of 2021. He averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per contest in 35 games his first season as the Bulls got off to a fast start.
On January 14, 2022, Ball had 15 points, three assists, and two rebounds in 23 minutes against the Warriors at the United Center when he began to experience trouble with his left knee. He will have arthroscopic knee surgery later that month and will miss the rest of the year.
When the pain persisted, he underwent a second procedure in September in hopes that he could return early in the 2023 calendar year. But the pain persisted and hampered his comeback efforts, and Ball was shut down for the season after the All-Star break.
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