Zach LaVine Bulls: Season-Ending Right Foot Surgery

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine will be out four to six months due to season-ending surgery on his right foot, following a decision made with his agency, Klutch Sports Group, after evaluating medical options.
‣ LaVine’s decision to undergo surgery was influenced by prolonged discomfort in his foot, despite having healed from a sprained right ankle he suffered on Jan. 18, which had previously sidelined him for 17 games this season.
‣ Despite LaVine’s absence, the Bulls are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference standings and have managed a 13-11 record without him. LaVine, a two-time All-Star, signed a five-year, $215.15 million max contract in July 2022.


Zach LaVine, the guard for the Chicago Bulls, has hit a snag. Next week, he’s scheduled for surgery on his right foot, ending his season. It’ll take him four to six months to recover. LaVine and Klutch Sports Group, his agency, landed on this decision after mulling over the medical advice.

Billy Donovan, the Bulls’ coach, spilled the beans on Saturday. It was LaVine’s call to go under the knife. Since January 18, when he sprained his right ankle, he hasn’t played. The sprain’s healed, but his foot’s still giving him grief.

Now, about the Bulls’ playoff odds. They’re sitting at 11th in the Eastern Conference, per some NBA betting sites. The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets are supposedly in a better spot.

Here’s a tweet from the Bulls: “Injury Update: Zach LaVine will undergo surgery on right foot as the next step in his recovery process. LaVine will be out 4-6 months.” This injury isn’t new; it already cost him 17 games this season. Came back, played seven games, and bam, sidelined again.

Donovan mentioned on Friday, LaVine was expected to be out for at least another week before another check-up. “He made a decision he felt was best for his health,” Donovan said before the game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. It seems LaVine tried everything to get back on the court. But, the foot pain was just too much. Frustrating, really.

Oh, and here’s a kicker. Despite the setbacks, LaVine managed a career-high 51 points against the Pistons on October 28. This season, he’s averaged 19.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists over 25 games. Not bad, but it’s his lowest since the 2017-18 season after ACL surgery.

There was a bit of a buzz about whether there was a disconnect between the Bulls and Klutch Sports on handling LaVine’s injury. Donovan cleared the air, saying everyone was on the same page. “Now with the news coming out we’ll have to play without him,” Donovan said. Losing a player of LaVine’s caliber is a big deal, no doubt.

LaVine’s not just any player; he inked a five-year, $215.15 million max contract in July 2022. Next season, he’s set to earn $43.03 million. The deal includes a 15% trade bonus and a player option for the 2026-27 season worth $48.96 million.

The Bulls are currently 9th in the East, trailing the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. Their record without LaVine? 13-11. With him? 10-15. They faced Sacramento on Saturday, then it’s off for a four-game road trip. Stops include Memphis, Orlando, Atlanta, and Cleveland. Quite the journey ahead, huh?

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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