Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving successfully underwent season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery performed by Dr. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday morning.
He is expected to make a full recovery, the team announced.
The 28-year-old’s first season with the Nets is officially over, lasting just 20 games as injuries derailed his arrival in Brooklyn after signing a four-year, $141-million deal in free agency over the summer.
The Nets paired him up with fellow All-Star Kevin Durant, who signed a four-year, $161-million deal, to create one of the most imposing dynamic duos. But Durant is recovering from an injury of his own as a ruptured Achilles is sidelining him for the entirety of the 2019-20 season.
So the first year of the Nets’ four-season commitment worth $302 million yielded just 20 games.
Irving had missed 26-straight games earlier this season because of a shoulder impingement before missing an additional five due to knee issues.
He averaged 27.4 points and 6.4 assists per game.