Bulls’ Javonte Green is hired for knee surgery to be evaluated in 2 weeks

CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls forward Javonte Green will undergo arthroscopic debridement of his right knee, the team said Tuesday afternoon, and will be re-evaluated in about two weeks.

The trial is scheduled for Wednesday and there is optimism Green can return to the lineup about a month later, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Green has missed the last five games with right knee pain, the same problem that caused him to miss five games in December. Green returned to play three games between those stretches, but his knee continued to bother him and was unresponsive to the team’s treatment plans.

Green started with Chicago for most of last season, starting 45 games while 2020 NBA draft pick Patrick Williams was recovering from wrist surgery earlier in the season. He’s still noticeable as a reserve this season, averaging 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 58.7% from the field and 38.2% from 3 (both career bests) in 28 games.

Despite averaging just 16 minutes per game, Green was one of the best and most troublesome defenders in the league, ranking 11th best in the league, averaging 5.0 deviations per 36 minutes, according to NBA.com.

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