Injured Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will undergo a “minimally invasive procedure” on his knee on Saturday, the team announced.
The goal is to “alleviate irritation in his left knee.”
A timetable for his return will be determined after the procedure, a person with knowledge of Irving’s situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke under the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
It remains unclear if the procedure will sideline Irving for the rest of the season.
The update comes after coach Brad Stevens said Irving wouldn’t travel with the team on their upcoming road trip and would instead get a second opinion on his knee. A recent MRI of Irving’s knee came back clean.
Irving has been bothered by knee soreness for the last three weeks and has played just twice since March 5, missing five games. The lingering soreness is a result of a fractured kneecap he suffered in the 2015 Finals. Celtics GM Danny Ainge said recently that Irving “may need” another surgery at some point.
The Celtics, who trail the Toronto Raptors by 4 ½ games and are ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers by six with 11 games left, are essentially locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.