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Lonzo Ball to undergo knee surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks [UPDATE]

After losing Zach LaVine to injury, Ball will miss more than a month.

Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball (2) looks to pass the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the first half at United Center. David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Jan. 21 update - Ball has not had the procedure yet and will do some rehab ahead of the surgery, according to head coach Billy Donovan. The 6-8 week timeline will begin after the procedure occurs.

Update — Ball will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery for a partially torn meniscus and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, the team announced later Thursday. While this is tough news for the Bulls, it was the right call. Holding off on surgery could mean Ball would have come back early and risked further injury. Now, the Bulls know that Ball will at the very least be ready for the playoffs.

While the loss of Ball hurts, the Bulls have the back court depth to withstand his absence. Alex Caruso got back in the lineup in Wednesday night’s win over the Cavaliers. Ayo Dosunmu has played great in his rookie season and should see more playing time. Coby White is healthy and provides the 3-point shooting the Bulls will miss with Ball out. Once LaVine is able to return (which should be soon), Chicago should be fine in its pursuit of a top-4 seed in the East. Ball’s injury shouldn’t impact the Bulls’ futures that much. Even a two-month recovery period means Ball would be able to return by late March.

Chicago Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball has been diagnosed with a small meniscus tear in his left knee, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Charania adds that the young point guard is evaluating treatment options, but there’s hope that Ball can monitor knee and play through it.

However, if the 24-year-old point guard can’t play through it, then he may require a minor produce on his knee, sidelining him for several weeks. Ball was originally dealing with left knee soreness, which was then changed to a left knee contusion. This has caused him to miss the Bulls’ last three games. Ball is averaging 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game this season.

In his absence, the Bulls have been starting rookie Ayo Dosunmu at point guard. Ball now joins Zach LaVine on the injury report, who is also dealing with a knee injury. LaVine went down with his knee injury last week in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors.