Mike Dunleavy undergoes back surgery

The Chicago Bulls announced that forward Mike Dunleavy underwent a low back microdiscectomy procedure Friday at Rush University Medical Center.

According to a press release, “Dunleavy experienced some occasional back discomfort over the summer which had recently worsened.” He had the surgery after discovering “conservative measures” didn’t help the back discomfort.

Dunleavy is expected to be out 8-10 weeks, so he would sit out the entire preseason (which begins Oct. 6) and could be out until late November/early December.

His absence would hurt the Bulls, as they would be lacking his sharpshooting ability, and, assuming Dunleavy would be a starter, that hole would need to be filled. But Dunleavy’s sidelining could also give second-year forward Doug McDermott more time to develop and grow as an NBA player.

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