Nets guard/forward Joe Harris is undergoing left ankle surgery on Monday, coach Steve Nash told reporters, via Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.
Nash said Harris has a “bone particle” stuck in his ankle, and the surgery to remove it can be considered a good thing, Winfield reported.
Agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN’s Adrian Wojarowski that Harris is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks. Bartelstein added there’s optimism Harris can return closer to the four-week mark than the eight-week mark.
“He is going to have a scope and then we’ll see what that means once they’ve had the procedure,” Nash said. “We think this is a really positive thing that can put this situation behind him long term rather than risking reoccurrences or uncertainty with the injury.”
Harris, 30, has already missed the previous six games with the injury, originally called an ankle “sprain” by the Nets. He is averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, shooting a sizzling 46 percent on 3-pointers in 13 appearances.
“The Nets are now down two starters, with Kyrie Irving also unavailable until he takes the COVID-19 vaccine or New York City lifts its mandate,” wrote Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors. “The team has held its own despite dealing with absences though and currently leads the East with a 14-6 record.”
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