There has been ongoing concern about Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball's knee injury, which kept him out the last three months of the season and then the playoffs. Ball underwent surgery for a meniscus tear in January, but a stubborn bone bruise that just won't heal has some wondering what the heck is going on. There has even been chatter about another procedure possibly being needed to remedy the issue.
Well have no fear, because Dr. LaVar Ball is here. Lonzo's pops joined David Kaplan of ESPN 1000 and NBC Sports Chicago for an interview and claimed the Bulls guard doesn't need another surgery and will be ready for the start of the 2022-23 season.
While that's certainly a sigh of relief if it's actually true, Bulls fans won't like what LaVar had to say about Zach LaVine. LaVar thinks LaVine is a goner in free agency this summer (to the Los Angeles Lakers, of course), which would be a major setback for Chicago.
Here's the full interview:
Here's the link to it: https://t.co/yW0GTALOQI
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) May 19, 2022
LaVine will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career this summer. He recently opened some eyes when he said he would “enjoy” free agency and wouldn't commit to Chicago. While this could wind up just being a Klutch Sports leverage play in order to make sure the Bulls pay him a max contract worth over $212 million this summer, LaVar seems to think LaVine is heading elsewhere.
Lonzo is a Klutch Sports client as well, so perhaps LaVar has some inside information here. There's also the chance that he doesn't actually know anything and that this is some typical LaVar Ball bluster. Either way, Bulls fans will be paying close attention to LaVine's free agency this summer. Losing him would be a tough blow after Chicago finally returned to the playoffs for the first time in 2017, which was also the 27-year-old's first postseason appearance.
LaVine is also dealing with knee issues and is in line to undergo knee surgery soon, though that shouldn't stop the Bulls from paying him. But, ultimately, the final decision is up to him.