Point guard Lonzo Ball missed all of last season with a knee injury and he stands to miss all of next year, too.
“Our expectation is that he’s not going to be back next season,” head of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas told reporters after the NBA Draft.
Ball hasn’t played since January 2022, when he suffered a torn meniscus. He has undergone multiple surgeries on the knee since.
He signed through the 2024-25 season.
Some around Chicago have been questioning if he’ll ever return, or if he’ll be the same — or close to the same — when he does.
He was averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists before the injury, appearing in 35 games in his first season with the Bulls.
Ball was acquired before the start of the 2021-22 season in a sign-and-trade with the Pelicans — making Chicago his third team since being selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.