Nets G Russell undergoes knee surgery

Nov 18, 2017 - 12:12 AM NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday, but general manager Sean Marks said the injury is not season-ending.

Marks said the procedure was done to remove loose bodies in Russell's knee, which are small fragments of cartilage or bone that move freely around in joint fluid. Marks said there is not a set timeline for Russell's return and said the 21-year-old will be evaluated daily while continuing to get treatment.

"This is the direction that's best for D'Angelo for this coming season and also long-term for his career," said Marks, who added the plan is for Russell to return at some point this season.

Russell was injured late in the fourth quarter of last Saturday's 114-106 loss to the Utah Jazz, when he collided with a defender. He became the second Nets' point guard to undergo knee surgery.

Russell was acquired in June from the Los Angeles Lakers and the third-year guard was slated to start alongside Jeremy Lin. Lin tore the patella tendon in his right knee in Brooklyn's season-opening loss at Indiana on Oct. 17.

"It's definitely frustrating for D'Angelo," Marks said. "I was just with him before. He's going into this as another challenge. He knows he'll bounce back from this and we have no doubts in our mind that he'll be better and stronger than he was before."

The Nets acquired him from the Los Angeles Lakers in a June trade for Brook Lopez and Russell is leading the team with 20.9 points along with 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds in 12 games. He missed Brooklyn's 112-107 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 25 with right knee soreness.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points in Russell's first absence and will be the starting point guard.

Last season Russell missed 11 games in November and December with left knee soreness and three more contests in January with a right knee injury and eventually underwent platelet-rich plasma injections. Marks said this injury is not related to knee issues from last year.

"I think with any 21-year-old that's played a lot of basketball you're going to have a little bit of wear and tear," Marks said.

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