Bulls' Joakim Noah has surgery on left knee

Marc J. Spears
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) holds his hand to his head during a break in the action against the Washington Wizards during the first half of Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah had minor arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee on Friday, the team announced. The Bulls expect Noah to be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks to rehab the knee.

The All-Star said following the Bulls' season-ending Game 5 opening-round loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday that he had a lingering left knee injury and he wasn't certain of the problem. The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists during the regular season.

It appeared that Noah wasn't at full strength against Washington in the playoffs, averaging 10.4 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.6 blocks. The Bulls were also without point guard Derrick Rose for most of the season due to a knee injury.