The Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving are now reportedly optimistic for a return to the lineup by January.
“No one knows for sure, as Irving is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured knee cap,” Pluto reports. “But the Cavs do expect him to play well before January. Of course, that can change once they see him in training camp.”
Irving missed the last five games of the NBA Finals after fracturing his knee cap in a 108–100 Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors. He will miss the Cavaliers' season opener against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27.
Irving underwent surgery in June and is expected to make a full recovery in three to four months.
- Christopher Chavez