The Chicago Bulls are confident that guard Lonzo Ball will return at some point this season after knee surgery, The Athletic reported Thursday.
Ball underwent arthroscopic debridement of his knee in Los Angeles on Wednesday and is expected to miss a few months at least, per the report.
Last season, Ball tore the meniscus in his left knee and last played Jan. 14. In late April, he told reporters that he was still experiencing pain.
The 24-year-old had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in January and the Bulls hoped he could return in six to eight weeks. Instead, he couldn’t get back to full basketball activities and was shut down before the end of the regular season.
In his first season in Chicago after two years with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the New Orleans Pelicans, Ball averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game in 35 starts.
The Bulls open the 2022-23 season on Oct. 19 at Miami.