Ball will reportedly have his left knee evaluated in Chicago next week. The source added that Ball’s knee is “structurally sound,” but he’s experienced “lingering pain” following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in January.
Initially, the Bulls expected Ball to recover from surgery after six to eight weeks. However, Ball suffered multiple setbacks during his rehab, slowing his recovery. He previously had surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee in 2018, raising even more concerns over his status moving forward.
Acquired by the Bulls in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans ahead of the 2021-22 season, Ball’s first season in Chicago was limited to only 35 games.
He averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals, playing 32.5 minutes per game last year for the Bulls.