The Chicago Bulls showed promise with rising stars in the lineup. Among them is Lonzo Ball although the 24-year-old could be a questionable player for the Bulls in the 2022-23 NBA wars.

Per a report from Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic, Ball’s availability in the coming NBA season is a cause for concern. There is a possibility that the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft may have to undergo surgery anew if he does not show improvement.

It will be recalled that Lonzo Ball underwent meniscus surgery in January. This forced him to the sidelines in the final three months of the season.

Ball did not play when the Bulls faced and got eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

In his career, Ball has been bugged by knee injuries. He already had his knee operated on when he was still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

In March, it was reported that Ball suffered a setback in his recovery. This could be a problem especially if it is not addressed this offseason.

Hence, it may be in the best interest of the Bulls to skim the market for available talent. There will be several guards looking for new teams although it may be a short-term fix.

Ball will just be in the second year of a four-year deal worth $80 million. He is due to make $19.5 million next season although the Bulls may not be able to use him on the floor.

Among the notable names that the Bulls may consider include Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jalen Brunson of the Dallas Mavericks and Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets.

Depending on how much money is at stake, Chicago may end up getting new talent but have to figure out how to properly manage their finances and make sure they don’t end up with surplus talent – especially if Ball is ready to play at 100% once more.

Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans Getty Images | Ashley Landis - Pool

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