Lonzo Ball, it seems, won’t be returning to the court this season after all.
The Chicago Bulls are expected to shut Ball down for the rest of the year, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The team was trying to restart his rehab in recent days in an effort to get Ball back in time for the postseason, but he reportedly is still feeling discomfort.
Sources: Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is expected to be shut down for the remainder of the season. Ball has been rehabbing from meniscus surgery in late January, but continues to feel discomfort amid several recovery methods to return to action and a bone bruise in his knee.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 5, 2022
Ball underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January after a “slight meniscus tear.” He was supposed to miss just up to eight weeks, but he hasn’t played since.
Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 35 games this season. The 24-year-old — who underwent a similar surgery on his left knee for a meniscus tear in 2018 — is in the first year of a four-year, $80 million deal with Chicago.
The Bulls were in first place in the Eastern Conference when Ball first underwent surgery. They have won three of their last five heading into Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, but have fallen to fifth in the conference with just four games left in the regular season.