Jimmy Butler

Chicago Bulls rising star Jimmy Butler is expected to miss three to six weeks with a sprained left elbow, reports ESPN.

Despite the injury, the 25-year-old will not need surgery to repair it.

Butler suffered the injury during their loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday (March 1), when he collided with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. The following day, he underwent an MRI that revealed a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and a small bone impaction injury.

The Bulls hope that if Butler receives rest and treatment, he can return before the end of the regular season.

Butler has grown into the Bulls’ best two-way player this season, averaging 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 55 games. He also earned his first All-Star entry.