A couple days after being shut down for re-aggravating his shoulder injury, Nets PG Kyrie Irving will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, GM Sean Marks told reports on Thursday.
SNY's Ian Begley reported earlier that if surgery was opted for, the expectation is Irving will miss the rest of the season.
Irving has been dealing with shoulder bursitis throughout the season, and it already forced him to miss 26 games. Head coach Kenny Atkinson said on Tuesday that Irving was to see a specialist regarding his shoulder, and though he said he "wouldn't go there" when asked about his status the rest of the season, surgery would definitely make it end.
Earlier this season, Irving opted to receive a cortisone shot instead of having surgery, with hopes that it would be enough to get him through the pain. But obviously, that hasn't been the case.
Brooklyn has also been without Kevin Durant, their other blockbuster free-agent signee, for the entire season.
When he has been on the court this season, Irving put up some of the best numbers of his career. His 27.4 points per game, 5.2 rebounds and 92.2 percent free-throw shooting are all career highs. He is also shooting 47.8 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from three (39.4 percent).