The 2023-24 season is over for Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine.
The team announced Saturday that LaVine, who had previously been sidelined for 17 games, will require surgery on his right foot to treat ongoing swelling and discomfort. LaVine will undergo surgery next week, but the team did not specify a date or other details.
LaVine was initially sidelined from November 30 to January with a right foot injury. Meanwhile, the Bulls have rebounded from a dismal 5-14 start to improve to 15-21. After a quiet seven-game return, LaVine suffered an ankle sprain against the Toronto Raptors on January 18, causing him to miss six more games.
Coach Billy Donovan said Friday that LaVine’s ankle sprain has healed, but the guard will need additional treatment and recovery to address his foot injury.
The Bulls’ management office has been focused on trading LaVine since November but has been unsuccessful in finding a trade partner. The team faces a precarious situation five days before the trade deadline, with Guard sidelined for the rest of the season and their highest-paid star disappearing.
LaVine averaged 19.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 25 games this season.