CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls starting small forward Mike Dunleavy has undergone back surgery and will miss eight to 10 weeks.
The Bulls say in a statement that Dunleavy "experienced some occasional back discomfort over the summer which had recently worsened." After "conservative measures" failed to end the symptoms, he underwent a microdiscectomy Friday at Rush University Medical Center.
Dunleavy faces the possibility of missing 12 to 16 regular-season games. Training camp begins next week.
Dunleavy, 35, signed a three-year, $14 million contract in July. He averaged 9.4 points in 63 games, all starts, and shot 41 percent from 3-point range for Chicago last season. In the playoffs, Dunleavy averaged 10.9 points and shot 48 percent from beyond the arc.