According to a press release from the Cavaliers, Iman Shumpert will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. The surgery will be performed team physicians Dr. Richard Parker and Dr. James Rosneck, who reevaluated Shumpert this week and determined surgery was necessary.
The Cavs say the reason for the surgery is “ongoing symptoms.” He status, and a timeline for his return, will be announced after the surgery, according to the Cavs. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Shumpert could miss 6-8 weeks.
Shumpert recently missed a stretch of games due to knee soreness, but only played seven minutes on Monday in his first game back. He then missed the Cavs’ game against the Heat on Tuesday. For the season, Shumpert is averaging 4.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in career-low 20.8 minutes per game. He has started six games at point guard due to injuries to Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas.
This injury dings the Cavs’ wing depth a bit, but it’s not crushing. Where Shumpert has been most valuable this season is at point guard, where he’s filled in well when coach Tyronn Lue needed him to. His surgery means that Calderon will likely continue to start at point guard, and could mean rookie Cedi Osman sees some more regular playing time.