Bulls’ Zach LaVine undergoes successful knee surgery in Los Angeles

Zach LaVine underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Chicago Bulls executives are in Los Angeles to attend various agency pro days in advance of next month’s NBA Draft and were in close contact with the two-time All-Star guard, who is expected to begin a short rehabilitation period shortly.

In a release, the team termed the surgery “successful” and said LaVine is expected to make a full recovery.

LaVine becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. In his end-of-season news conference in late April, Bulls executive vice president Artūras Karnišovas not only said it’s his desire to re-sign LaVine but that this procedure—which was expected but not official at the time—wouldn’t impact negotiations.

“What he had to go through the second part of the season, we definitely appreciate him battling in every game,” Karnišovas said. “I enjoyed again the second year with Zach, two years in a row being an All-Star, working with Zach and getting to know him. He has a great relationship with (coach) Billy (Donovan). He has a great support system here with our coaching staff and front office, so I hope he’s here for a long time.’’

LaVine exited the Jan. 14 home game against the Golden State Warriors with knee soreness and underwent an MRI the following day that the Bulls said revealed no structural damage. LaVine then missed the next five games.

In February, LaVine missed three more…

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