Bulls wing Chandler Hutchison to miss remainder of 2020 season due to shoulder surgery

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The Chicago Bulls announced that second-year wing Chandler Hutchison will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

Hutchison will have surgery to treat the acromioclavicular joint injury of his right shoulder. The recovery time for this surgery is 12-16 weeks. That means Hutchison is out for the next 3-4 months.

The lengthy timeline means that not only will Hutchinson miss the remainder of this season, but that he will not play at 2020 NBA Summer League. While rare for a former first-round pick entering his third season to play in Summer League, Hutchison could have fit the bill. That status is generally reserved for players of Hutchison tenure who have missed considerable time in their first two season.

Hutchinson has played in just 72 career games since being drafted in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft out of Boise State. At this point, it’s fair to question if the Bulls should pick up their team option for the fourth year of Hutchison’s rookie scale contract. Declining that option could help Chicago create cap space in time for what is expected to be a vaunted 2021 free agent class.