Guard He had an arthroscopic surgery to his left knee Tuesday in Los Angeles.
The surgery was performed successfully and LaVine will be fully recovered, according to the team. LaVine, who is now an unrestricted-free agent, experienced discomfort in his right knee during the second half. This was after he awkwardly grabbed a rebound from the opponent.On Jan.
LaVine flew from Los Angeles to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache just before the All-Star Break. He performed LaVine’s ACL surgeries in 2017 and Tuesday's. LaVine received a platelet-rich-plasma therapy, cortisone shots and had fluid removed from his left knee so he could continue playing for the remainder of the season. To maintain his knee, he missed 13 of the 43 final games.
“I must go into the offseason to figure out how I can get back to 100 per cent. This year, I was not at 100 percent. [I will] LaVine shared his thoughts with reporters after the Bulls' loss in the first round..
“Everybody must deal with stuff throughout a year. I don’t think anyone can play at 100 percent. You can play if you want, but you have to be willing to do what you can.
LaVine averaged 24.4 ppg, 4.6 rebound and 4.5 assists over 67 games. His shooting percentages were 47.6% and 38.9% respectively. Despite suffering from an injury for some time, he made it to the All-Star Game for the second straight season.
Arturas Karnisovas, Bulls vice-president of basketball operations, stated that he wants LaVine to stay in Chicago for the long-term. The team would still be interested in signing him this summer regardless of the condition of LaVine’s knee.
Karnisovas stated that despite the difficulties he faced during the second half of the season, he was still a valuable player. “He's another one going to doctors and going to be healthy, but again I enjoyed the second season with Zach, two years in-a-row as an All-Star, working alongside Zach and getting acquainted with him. He has a great friendship with Billy. He also has great support from our front office and coaching staff. I hope he is here for a long period.