Zach LaVine has reportedly undergone surgery after battling pain and swelling in his left knee throughout the 2021-22 season.
LaVine will undergo arthroscopic surgery to treat the injury – which erupted in January – and is expected to make a full recovery this summer, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
LaVine previously tore the ACL in his left knee in 2017, sparking new concerns about any discomfort. He missed the final two games before the All-Star break to receive treatment, which included injections of cortisone and platelet-rich plasma.
Although LaVine worked through the injury after the break, the discomfort severely limited his movement and forced the Chicago Bulls star to take games throughout the final third of the season.
LaVine started the season with injury issues after tearing a ligament in his thumb. Those misfortunes continued throughout the final game of the playoffs, which the goaltender missed after testing positive for COVID-19 for the third time last year.
Despite injuries and illness, LaVine had a strong season for the Bulls alongside DeMar DeRozan, earning his second consecutive All-Star selection by averaging 24.4 points and 4.5 assists.
LaVine would not commit to a return to Chicago next season during his exit interview in April. He’s hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time this summer on the heels of his eighth season /NBA/ — and winning first season and playoff berth.
“I have been here for five years. I have to do it as a business decision, as a man, just not to see it in a way,” LaVine said. “It’s unrestricted free will. For my family, for me, I have to go there and see this as a decision where I have to keep my eyes open. I have to make my list and talk to everyone.