Bulls big man Taj Gibson dealt with left ankle issues all season, missing time at two different points of the season. He suffered a sprain in Portland on November 21 and missed the next six games. Then, he re-injured the ankle on February 27 at home against Minnesota and missed the next 10 games. Now, a month after the Bulls’ season ended, Gibson underwent surgery to repair the ankle and is expected to be out four months. From the team’s press release on Friday:
Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson underwent an arthroscopy and repair of his left ankle on Tuesday, June 16. The surgery was performed by foot specialist Dr. David Porter in Indianapolis. Gibson’s surgery went as expected and he has begun the rehabilitation process. His estimated time to return to full basketball activity is approximately four months.
The 29-year old Gibson recently completed his sixth season in the NBA, where he appeared in 62 games (17 starts) and posted 10.3 ppg on .502 shooting, 6.4 rpg, 1.21 bpg and 1.1 apg in 27.3 mpg. He also played in all 12 of Chicago’s playoff games (two starts) and averaged 7.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg and 1.00 bpg in 23.0 mpg.
The four-month timeline should have Gibson back in action around training camp, meaning he should be good to go next season.