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Kyrie Irving may not return until 2016

 

Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers are taking their time with the rehab of star point guard, Kyrie Irving.

Sources tell the paper that the process could last as long as January 2016. This does give a window as to when fans could possibly see the return of the star after Irving acknowledged that there was no real timetable for his return.

Irving spoke with N.O. Media in July about the injury a month after it occurred in the closing moments of Game One of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. “I think I drove right. I tried to stop on a dime. I’ve done it a thousand times, and I think Klay (Thompson) … I tried to get out of it with my knee. I tried to stop myself, and all my force went on my knee, and I believe Klay hit it, and it hit it in the right spot at the right time and fractured my kneecap.”

Irving averaged 21.7 points and 5.2 assists per game last season and averaged a win above replacement rating of 9.74, almost 10 more wins over his replacement in the starting lineup.

His number did slump to 19 points 3.8 assists per game in the playoffs but was also plagued with injuries which sidelined him for most of the Eastern conference finals as well as the NBA finals.

The Cavs have signed former starting guard, Mo Williams to a two year deal as well as re-signed Matthew Dellavedova to a one year deal.

Dellavedova, who was Irving’s replacement in the conference and league finals averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 assist during the playoffs last season. Lebron James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and James Jones also resigned to stay with last years East champions to restart their mission to bring Cleveland its . first championship in 64 years.

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