Bulls forward Denzel Valentine to have ankle surgery on Tuesday
Chicago Bulls small forward Denzel Valentine will undergo his reconstructive ankle surgery on Tuesday, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Denzel Valentine will undergo his reconstructive left ankle surgery on Tuesday in Green Bay, Wis. with Dr. Bob Anderson, who also operated on Steph Curry.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 26, 2018
Valentine won’t play this season for the Bulls. The former first-round pick averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last year and shot 41.7 percent from the floor, 38.6 percent from the 3-point line and 74.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Valentine spoke to reporters last week about his injury, explaining that he’s thinking the big picture in addressing his lingering left ankle issues.
“When I come back, it’s going to be a brand new ankle,” Valentine said, per Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. “I’ve been pretty much having ankle issues ever since my rookie year, so I mean, I think I’m going to be fine. I think I’m going to take my game to another level because I’m going to be more stable in my ankle. It will take a whole year, get my body right, which I haven’t been able to do since college, really. I’ve just been on the go, on the go, on the go, so it could be a blessing in disguise is how I have to look at it.”
The 25-year-old is expected to spend 4-6 months to recover and rehab after the surgery.