And now we learn why Cleveland was so quick to get rid of Kyrie. Trading damaged goods for damaged goods. Didn't the Cavs get the Nets 1st rd. pick outta the deal?
Nah....LeBron did not want him to leave (at least while LeBron was still there). Seems nothing more than pain relief from a wire and screws than any other type of damage. At least as far as they are letting everyone know....
Irving will undergo another procedure on Saturday to remove two screws from his patella that were inserted in 2015 to repair a fracture he suffered during that year's NBA Finals. The team said a bacterial infection was discovered at the site of the screws when Irving had his most recent surgery, on March 24, to remove tension wire in the knee and that Saturday's procedure will ensure no infection remains.
The wire had been placed in his knee during the same surgery in which the screws were inserted in 2015.
The Celtics said Irving's patella is completely healed and "remains structurally sound." Irving is expected to recover fully in four to five months, the team said.
Celtics team sources told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that Irving experienced "immediate relief" once the tension wire was removed, and the team believes that was the source of pain that has hampered him for much of this season.
While the presence of bacteria was unexpected, the team sources said, it is not particularly uncommon when dealing with hardware in surgeries. The bacteria that was detected was not MRSA, a staph infection that is often resistant to antibiotic treatments.
One team official told MacMullan that surgeons reported the cartilage, ligaments and tendons surrounding Irving's kneecap also were strong and intact.
"I actually think Kyrie will come back from this surgery even better than before," said the team source.