Zach LaVine underwent knee surgery in Los Angeles Tuesday

Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL Tuesday – but what's next for him?
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine underwent surgery on his torn ACL in Los Angeles Tuesday.

LaVine, 21, was averaging 18.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and shooting 38.7 from behind the three-point line, before injuring his left knee Feb. 3 against Detroit.

He will miss the rest of the season.

LaVine's surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Wolves team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm of the Mayo Clinic.

The big question for the Wolves is how long will it be before LaVine is ready to get back on the floor. Torn ACL's are more common in the NBA than they used to be.

The list of notable players in the league who have dealt with the injury includes Jabari Parker, Nate Robinson, Rajon Rondo and LaVine's teammates Brandon Rush and Ricky Rubio.

The Star Tribune's Michael Rand points to Rubio's injury, which he suffered in March of 2012. Rubio returned to the floor nearly nine months later on Dec. 15, 2012.

If LaVine was on a similar timeline, that would put him back on the court near the start of next season.

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