LaVine (knee) said he's ahead of schedule in his recovery and should be ready in time for training camp, ESPN's Marc. J. Spears reports.
Lavine tore his left ACL in early February back when he played for the Timberwolves. Given the timing of the injury, it was initially thought his recovery could extend into the 2017 regular season. Since training camp starts in late September, he will have had roughly eight months to get back into shape, which is a reasonable amount of time given today's medical technology. However, regardless of LaVine's thoughts, the UCLA product is likely to be at the mercy of the Bulls' medical staff to be able to take the court.
The Wolves nearly acquired Butler at the 2016 draft and have now finally pulled the trigger on a deal a year later. LaVine will head to Chicago, along with the No. 7 pick and Kris Dunn, while Butler and the No. 16 pick come back to Minnesota. LaVine, who is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February, could miss the start of the 2017-18 season, but he'll likely be one of the Bulls' top offensive options once he returns.
LaVine (knee) has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
LaVine was initially diagnosed with a bruised left knee after exiting Friday's game against the Pistons, but a follow-up MRI on Saturday revealed the torn ligament. The third-year guard will undergo surgery in the near future and will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season. Given the timing of the injury, it's possible LaVine's recovery could extend into the beginning of the 2017-18 season, as well, but the team will not offer a timetable until after surgery. In the immediate future, the Wolves will likely turn to a combination of Brandon Rush and Shabazz Muhammad at shooting guard, while Kris Dunn could also pick up a few residual minutes. LaVine will conclude the season with averages of 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in just over 37 minutes per game.
LaVine (knee) will not play Saturday against Memphis.
LaVine suffered a bruise to his left knee during Friday's game against Detroit, and he'll be held out of action on the second night of the back-to-back set. The injury doesn't appear to be anything overly serious, and when LaVine is able to return will likely be a matter of pain tolerance. Expect Shabazz Muhammad and Brandon Rush to pick up extra minutes in LaVine's absence Saturday.
LaVine left Friday's matchup against the Pistons with a left knee contusion and will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Minnesota, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports.
LaVine finished the game with 20 points (9-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds and four assists across 32 minutes before leaving with the injury. He should be considered questionable for Saturday's tilt against the Grizzlies. If he's unable to go, Brandon Rush would likely draw the start at shooting guard.
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