Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski confirmed in a conference call on Friday that guard Shaun Lauvao had arthroscopic surgery on his injured ankle.
“He’ll miss some time early in the regular season.” said Chudzinski. “I don’t have any definitive dates and times on that. We’ll just have to see how that goes from the results of the scope, and how he’ll progress over the next few weeks.”
The Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich reports that according to a source, Lauvao could miss six weeks, meaning at least a couple weeks of the regular season.
“A league source, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said Lauvao is expected to miss about six weeks, which would sideline him for the first two or three regular-season games.”
Jason Pinkston started in place of Lauvao in Thursday’s preseason game. Pinkston, Lauvao and John Greco have been in a competition for the two guard spots this preseason. While the injury hurts the depth of the line, the starting group should still be solid.
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