Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday after playing through discomfort and swelling for most of the 2021-22 season.
LaVine underwent surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, where he lives during the off-season, and is expected to make a full recovery, the Bulls said in a statement.
The left knee was already a concern for LaVine, who tore his ACL in 2017. He spent a week before this season’s All-Star break in Los Angeles receiving cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections, missing two games.
Struggling with pain and discomfort during the game and on the bench, LaVine continued to miss games in the final third of the regular season.
Despite his knee and thumb injuries and his second and third bouts with COVID-19, LaVine averaged 24.4 points and 4.5 assists this season and earned his second consecutive All-Star selection.
He enters his first summer as an unrestricted free agent in this season finale. LaVine invited speculation about his next move when he refused to commit to re-signing with the Bulls during his exit interview in April.
Recently he told TMZ Sports that he has “always been a big fan of the Lakers” after having dinner in Los Angeles on Monday night.
“I’ve been here for the last five years. I have to make it a business decision, as a man, just not to look at it that way,” LaVine said during his exit interview. “It’s unrestricted free agency. For my family, for me, I have to go and see it as a decision where I have to look with open eyes. I have to make my list and talk to everyone.”