Irving (shoulder) will not be available when the NBA season resumes in Orlando in July, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Few details have emerged since Irving underwent surgery on his right shoulder in early March, but Wojnarowski confirmed Friday that the procedure was, indeed, season-ending. Even with a lengthy delay, Irving will set his sights on a return to action to begin the 2020-21 season, which is currently slated to begin in December. Brooklyn expects to have Kevin Durant (Achilles) available to make his Nets debut at that time, as well.
Nets general manager Sean Marks said Wednesday that Irving (shoulder) isn't a safe bet to return to the court even if the suspended NBA season is resumed later in summer, Greg Logan of Newsday reports. Irving was ruled out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery March 3, but the NBA's decision to suspend operations indefinitely less than two weeks later may keep the door open for the star point guard to suit up again in 2019-20. Even so, the Nets likely won't have a good gauge of where Irving stands in his recovery for several weeks, as the team won't be able to hold regular meetings or practices to check in on him. Expect a clearer update on Irving's situation to arrive once the NBA gives teams the green light to reconvene for workouts.
The Nets announced Tuesday that Irving underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, ending his season, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports. News surfaced coming out of the All-Star break that Irving would need a procedure, but the point guard waited approximately two weeks before going under the knife. Irving is expected to be good to go for the start of the 2020-21 season, when he'll play alongside Kevin Durant (Achilles) for the first time. Irving wraps up his first season in Brooklyn with averages of 27.4 points, 6.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 three-pointers and 1.4 steals in 32.9 minutes per game over a career-low 20 appearances.
Irving will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, Justin Grasso of SI.com reports. Irving tweaked the same shoulder injury that cost him 26 games earlier in the season, and after further evaluation, arthroscopic surgery was ultimately deemed necessary. The point guard is expected to be back in time for summer workout. Irving's first season with the Nets was overshadowed by his balky shoulder, as he appeared in just 20 games, averaging 27.4 points, 6.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals across 32.9 minutes.
Irving aggravated his right shoulder injury and will remain out indefinitely, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. Speaking to the media Tuesday, coach Kenny Atkinson revealed that Irving tweaked the same shoulder that already cost him 26 games earlier this season. He'll meet with a specialist later in the week, at which point the hope is that a clear timetable will be handed down. However, given how much time he's already missed -- plus the fact that the Nets are essentially in a holding pattern this season -- it wouldn't be a surprise if the team handles Irving with extreme caution over the next two months.
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