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Denzel Valentine undergoes arthroscopic ankle surgery

Denzel Valentine

Chicago Bulls guard/forward hybrid Denzel Valentine underwent a surgical procedure to clean out loose debris in his left ankle area, a source told ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

Valentine posted a picture of himself wearing a walking boot on Instagram on Tuesday, and is expected to be ready to participate in early July’s Las Vegas Summer League once again.

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The rookie had dealt with two different ankle injuries in his first season with the Bulls, but the organization has remained upbeat on his potential after an up-and-down campaign.

“Just that next year they plan on me being a big contributor to the team,” Valentine said after his closeout meeting with the Bulls’ braintrust after the season, per Friedell. “Being one of those main guys, accepting my leadership role even more and just being a guy they can depend on next year.”

The Michigan State product averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds a game during his first pro season.

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