The Nets have announced that swingman Sergey Karasev has been diagnosed with a dislocated patella and a torn MCL of the right knee, along with multiple loose bodies in the knee joint. The injury will require surgery to repair and Karasev will miss the remainder of the season. The procedure is scheduled for Thursday. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s contest against the Pelicans.
The loss of Karasev isn’t a crushing blow to the Nets, since the Russian wasn’t a regular part of Brooklyn’s rotation. Karasev had only appeared in four of the Nets’ last 17 contests, logging a total of 31 minutes. Brooklyn does have an open roster spot, so the team will be able to add another player for depth if they choose without needing to make an additional roster move.
Karasev, 21, has appeared in 33 games for Brooklyn this season, averaging 4.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 16.8 minutes per contest. The swingman was originally drafted by the Cavs with the No. 19 pick in the 2013 draft. Karasev had been acquired by the Nets last July in a three-team trade.