Just a couple of weeks before the start of training camp, Mike Dunleavy had back surgery. He was expected to return somewhere around Thanksgiving.
But Dunleavy had a setback and was traveling around to see more back specialists. The decision? At least another month on the shelf, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
After meeting with specialists in Los Angeles, the Chicago Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy is expected to need four-to-six weeks of additional rehabilitation on his back before he can be cleared to return for on-court work, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Dunleavy, a 6-foot-9 wing player, will undergo a re-evaluation at the end of the four-to-six week stretch to determine his fitness to return to basketball activities, sources said.
Dunleavy signed a three-year extension with the Bulls this summer. New coach Fred Hoiberg could certainly use Dunleavy’s ability to hit the three and space the floor for Chicago. Hoiberg has not been able to settle on a steady rotation yet, and whenever Dunleavy does return it will shake things up again.