Joakim Noah Injury Update: Bulls Star to Undergo Surgery on Dislocated Shoulder

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2016

Dec 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) reacts during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Bulls announced center Joakim Noah will undergo surgery to stabilize his left shoulder after suffering a dislocation Friday night in an 83-77 loss to the Dallas Mavericks

The team pegged his timetable for recovery at four to six months, which means Noah figures to be done for the remainder of the regular season. 

"It’s tough to lose a guy like Jo who does so much [for] us. But other than basketball, I hate to see that happen to a good person like that," Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler said following Friday's game, per's Vincent Goodwill. "He’s down, as he should be. It’s the game he loves. He wants to fight for this team."

The Bulls will likely have to make do with in-house solutions because of the timing of Noah's injury, per Yahoo Sports' Bobby Marks:

As a result, Taj Gibson and rookie Bobby Portis both figure to see their workloads increase over the coming months. Gibson can help mitigate the effects of Noah's absence with his tenacious attitude on the glass, but it will be hard to replicate Noah's high-post passing capabilities. 

Portis, who has appeared in just 19 games this season, will have a chance to break out. The rookie's steady jump shot should be an asset for Chicago as it searches for more production from its bigs outside the paint.

Unfortunately for Noah, a pay cut is likely on the way. Soon to be 31 years old with a history of knee and foot injuries, the two-time All-Star is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, per Spotrac

And with a younger, cheaper and upside-laden alternative in Portis on the roster, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Bulls let the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year walk.