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Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball isn’t guaranteed to play this season as he is still in the process of recovering from an injury on his left knee, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ball is expected to be out at least until the All-Star break. The Bulls can better evaluate his status from there and decide if he should be activated depending on where the team lies in the standings. The Bulls are currently the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference at 11-15.

Ball signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Bulls in 2021. He was limited to only 35 games last year after tearing his left meniscus in January. Ball was scheduled to return later in the season but the Bulls shut him down. In September, he underwent surgery to relieve pain in the same knee. The 25-year-old was expected to miss four-to-six weeks and return in November.

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