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Reports: Nets G Irving considering shoulder surgery

Field Level Media
21 Feb 2020, 07:05 GMT+10

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving is weighing surgery to repair his right shoulder, according to reports. He is out indefinitely with the injury.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported Thursday that Irving, a six-time All-Star, is considering a variety of options for treatment and is expected to decide soon. Shams Charania of The Athletic said Irving is "likely" to undergo surgery.

The injury, described throughout the season as an "impingement," has bothered Irving since early November. He missed 26 games between Nov. 16 and Jan. 10. In that time, he visited a specialist and received a cortisone shot, but his shoulder hasn't been 100 percent since his return to action on Jan. 12.

"The shoulder is a tough thing," coach Kenny Atkinson said. "I just think it was an on and off thing where it's bothering you. Some days you feel good, some days you don't feel good. But I think it got to the point it was, 'Hey, let's see another specialist.'"

Irving, who turns 28 in March, is averaging 27.4 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds in his first campaign with the Nets. He signed a four-year, $136 million deal as a free agent in July.

More recently, a sprained knee sidelined Irving before the All-Star break.

The Nets return to action Thursday night at Philadelphia. They are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, two games ahead of the Orlando Magic.

--Field Level Media

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