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Bulls G Zach LaVine undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

Apr 24, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews (23) defends Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) in the second half during game four of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls said Tuesday that guard Zach LaVine had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

LaVine, who was bothered by knee soreness at times during the 2021-22 season, had the procedure done at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.

LaVine missed several games in January and February before visiting with a specialist in Los Angeles and being medically cleared to return to the court. He was named an All-Star for the second successive season and averaged 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 67 games.

Chicago made the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, but LaVine missed the fifth and final game of a first-round series against Milwaukee after entering COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

LaVine, 27, is a pending unrestricted free agent for the first time in his eight-year NBA career. In three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2014-17) he averaged 13.7 points, but in his five seasons with the Bulls he has averaged 24.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists while shooting 46.8 percent overall and 38.9 percent from 3-point range.

–Field Level Media