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Denzel Valentine to undergo arthroscopic procedure on left knee, out for season

Denzel Valentine

The Chicago Bulls don’t have anything to play for besides draft position in their last five games, and that is a really good thing because they are going to be really shorthanded as they head down the stretch.

The Bulls announced that Denzel Valentine is going to be shut down for the year and will have a minor knee surgery on Wednesday morning.

Valentine was experiencing swelling in his knee so he had an MRI and the doctors decided they needed to do a little cleanup.

He will join Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn who have been shut down for the rest of the year. That means three guys they are trying to build around for the future won’t see the court again this season.

For Valentine, although the recovery will extend into the offseason a little bit, barring any setbacks, he should be 100 percent going into next season.

The Bulls second-year forward really took a big step forward from a rookie campaign that was subpar at best. On the season, he averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 77 games. He also shot 45 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from deep.

He looked more comfortable with the speed of the NBA and that allowed him to play ten more minutes per game this year. Look for him to be back next season and ready for another big breakout year.