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Kyrie Irving might not suit up for Cavaliers until January, sources say


The fractured left kneecap Kyrie Irving suffered during Game 1 of the NBA Finals obviously derailed the Cleveland Cavaliers’ championship aspirations as the injury-depleted team couldn’t keep up with the Golden State Warriors, losing in six games. It appears the surgery needed to repair the damage done could have a significant impact on Cleveland’s hopes to get off to a good start next season as well.

Multiple league sources have indicated, per Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Chris Haynes, that there’s little chance he’ll be in the lineup when the Cavaliers start their season in on Oct. 27 against the Chicago Bulls as the team is expected to be extremely cautious with their All-Star point guard.

Even more ominous, though, is how one source indicated that Irving might not suit up for the team well into the 2015-16 NBA season, perhaps even as late as January.

Irving’s recovery following surgery in early June reportedly is going well, but himself refused to set a timetable for his return.

“I’m honestly not putting a date on anything,” he said during his basketball camp in July. People are going to put a date regardless. I’m just continuing to be on the journey I’ve been on, and that’s continuing to get better every single day and rehabbing my leg.”

Recovery from the kind of surgery Irving underwent has an estimated recovery time of between three and four months, meaning if the Cavaliers were to hold out Irving until January, it would represent an extreme level of cautiousness.

Of course, given how the Cavaliers have upgraded the talent around LeBron James — not to mention Kevin Love’s return to health  — the team arguably has more than enough to not only tread water in the Eastern Conference, but perhaps even remain dominant during Irving’s absence.

The goal obviously is for Irving to be healthy next spring as the team enters the home stretch of the regular season and gets ready for the playoffs. If the team believes holding him out until January will help realize that goal, then it’s arguably the wisest course of action.