Up until his injury, Valentine was enjoying a terrific sophomore season as he was knocking down 41.7 percent of field goals and 38.6 percent of three-pointers while averaging a career best 10.2 points per game. The former Michigan State star underwent an arthroscopic procedure to his left knee on Apr. 4 which may prevent him from taking part of preseason activities. The 23-year-old is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2018-19 season though. Valentine is scheduled to make around $2.3 million next season with the Bulls.
Valentine will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee Wednesday.
Valentine will undergo a "debridement" procedure on the knee after he'd experienced pain and swelling in recent weeks. Obviously, he'll miss the remainder of the season, and while his recovery will extend into the offseason, he should be back to 100 percent well before the start of the 2018-19 campaign. Valentine joins Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine as Bulls who have already been shut down for the rest of the season.
Valentine, who was reportedly re-joining the starting five Thursday against the Heat, will now stay coming off the bench due to a late lineup chance by Chicago, Chuck Swirsky of the Bulls Radio Network reports.
Valentine came off the bench during Tuesday's game, as he was dealing with an injury. And, even though it appeared he would re-join the starting five Thursday, coach Fred Hoiberg has made a late decision against it.
Nwaba was questionable for Tuesday's contest and ultimately ended up being able to play, but coach Fred Hoiberg opted to bring him off the pine, giving his usual starting spot to Nwaba. But, coach Hoiberg has opted to bring things back to normal, putting Valentine back in the lineup. Over the past five games, he's averaged 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 26.8 minutes.
Valentine was originally expected to sit out Tuesday's contest with a sore knee, but he made some unexpected progress over night and now feels healthy enough to take the floor following pregame warmups. Despite being cleared, the Bulls will bring Valentine off the bench behind David Nwaba, which could hint that his minutes will be monitored closely.
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