Bulls lose Valentine for at least two weeks with sore left ankle

Bulls guard Denzel Valentine will undergo ankle surgery and very well could miss the rest of the season.

The Chicago Bulls will continue to be without guard Denzel Valentine because of a bone bruise in his left ankle, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

The 6-foot-6, 212-pounder injured the ankle in the first week of training camp and has not been able to return to the court since. Valentine’s left ankle has plagued him in his three NBA seasons.

Valentine, 24, missed 25 games as a rookie, spraining the ankle twice, then having surgery in May of 2017. Last season, he missed five games after have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The 14th player selected in the 2016 draft out of Michigan State, Valentine played in 77 games (37 starts) for Chicago last season, averaging 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 27 minutes, shooting g41.7 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from deep and 74.5 percent from the free-throw line as part of coach Fred Hoiberg’s rotation.


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