Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson battled a nagging ankle injury much of the season, and now Gibson has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, the team announced Friday. The big man will be out four months, putting him on track to be ready just before the start of next season.
It probably shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Gibson’s ankle needed surgery given the fact that he rolled it multiple times throughout the course of the year and consistently tried to play through the problems (he did miss 17 games thanks to the injury). He didn’t have a bad season, averaging 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting a career-high 50.2 percent from the field, but he never seemed totally like himself and slipped on the defensive end.
It’ll be interesting to see if this surgery throws a wrench into any of the Bulls’ offseason plans. There’s been some speculation that Chicago will look to trade Gibson, but that could be a bit more difficult now that he’s on the shelf. He’ll be 30 next week and has some history with injuries, so his value might not be all that high, although his contract (two years, $17.5 million remaining) is still quite attractive.