Bulls forward Denzel Valentine will miss 4-to-6 months as he undergoes ankle surgery

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: Denzel Valentine #45 of the Chicago Bulls jocks for a position during the game against the Miami Heat on March 29, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – When it comes to injuries, the Bulls can simply catch no breaks during this season.

The latest blow came on Monday, when it was announced that forward Denzel Valentine is likely out the rest of the season as his continued ankle problems will force him to undergo surgery.

Per a team release, Valentine will undergo reconstructive surgery on his ankle which will keep him out 4-to-6 months. The injury has kept Valentine out of most of the preseason workouts and the entire regular season so far. With the timeline given Monday, the earliest the forward could return is late March, which would be the final weeks of the regular season.

The team’s first round draft pick in 2016, Valentine has played in 134 games in this first two years in the NBA. Last season he saw action in 77 games with 37 starts, averaging 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest.

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