Bulls' Joakim Noah to undergo shoulder surgery, out 4-6 months

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will undergo surgery for his dislocated left shoulder and miss the next 4-6 months, the team announced on Saturday. It is possible that Noah has played his last game as a Bull. 

Last summer, Noah worked like crazy come back healthy after dealing with knee trouble that severely limited him in 2014-15. Despite this, new Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg had him come off the bench at the beginning of the season. On Dec. 21, Noah sprained his shoulder and had to sit out for three weeks. In his fourth game back, one day after a six-point, 16-rebound, eight-assist, two-steal, one-block performance, he hurt that same shoulder. Noah, 30, will be a free agent in July and has spent his entire nine-year career with the Bulls.

In 29 games, Noah is averaging 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 21.9 minutes this year. He was reportedly unhappy with his diminished role, which is understandable considering he was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, the same season in which he finished fourth in MVP voting. Before the injury, Chicago had made Noah available in trade talks, per the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson

Terrible news for Joakim Noah.  (USATSI)
Terrible news for Joakim Noah. (USATSI)
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