Heartbreaking News Lonzo Ball's NBA Future Hangs by a Thread 

Lonzo Ball's basketball career is in jeopardy due to lingering knee issues

The Bulls privately believe that Ball may never play again

The team has expressed guarded optimism publicly, but privately doubts his future

Ball underwent a third surgery on his left knee after being ruled out for a season

The procedure performed on his knee is rare and experimentalal

The Bulls are exploring all options before accepting his career may be over

The team hasn't requested a salary exemption, indicating they're not done with him publicly

He had been performing well for the Bulls before his knee issues

Ball's career includes 252 games with averages of 11.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game