According to The Athletic’s Kelsey Russo, Cavs forward Taurean Prince will undergo season-ending ankle surgery.
#Cavs forward Taurean Prince is expected to undergo season-ending surgery for an ankle injury, sources tell @TheAthletic.— Kelsey Russo (@kelseyyrusso) April 22, 2021
Prince came over to the Cavs in the same deal with netted Cleveland Jarrett Allen earlier this season. With Cleveland, he’s averaged 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 39.9% from the field and and 41.5% from three. He missed nine games earlier this season due to injury and has been dealing with the injury for about a month. Per cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, he was planning to have clean-up surgery on the ankle at some point.
Prince is under contract through next season, so unless he’s traded, he’s likely to be a bench piece for Cleveland next season. At 27 and as a serviceable NBA wing, Prince can be solid when healthy.
Now the question for the Cavs is who gets the 20 or so minutes Prince plays per night. It could be Cedi Osman, who has been benched of late. Or it could be Lamar Stevens or Brodric Thomas, two younger options who are lesser known quantities than Osman. It also could vary on a game-to-game basis. But it’s worth watching.