The team announced Saturday that Chicago Bulls guard Zach Lavigne isn’t expected to waste much time after an MRI revealed no significant structural damage to his left knee.
Bowles said LaVine will be reassessed early next week to determine a more specific timeline for his comeback.
Lavigne injured his knee during the first quarter of Chicago’s 138-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday. He pulled himself out of the game and immediately walked toward the Bulls’ locker room with the coach.
The 26-year-old took to social media shortly after the Bulls announced the posting of a prayer emoji.
LaVine is averaging 24.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 38 games this season.
He averages 19.6 points, 3.9 plates, and 3.8 assists in 449 games (362 starts) with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Bulls. He was selected by Timberwolves with the 13th overall pick for the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Bulls go into Saturday night’s game with the Boston Celtics for the lead of the Eastern Conference, with a record 27-13. It also looks like Lavigne will miss the MLK Day trip on Monday to face the Memphis Grizzlies.