Joe Harris Undergoes Ankle Surgery, Likely Out 4-8 Weeks

6:58pm: Harris had surgery on Monday to remove a loose body in the ankle, the team confirmed in a press release.

12:53pm: Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris will undergo surgery on his left ankle on Monday afternoon, head coach Steve Nash told reporters today (Twitter link via Kristian Winfield of The New York Daily News).

As Nash explained today, there’s a bone particle stuck in Harris’ ankle and the team decided the best course of action is to remove it. The hope is that the surgery will allow Harris to put the issue behind him for good once it has healed (Twitter links via Winfield).

The procedure is expected to sideline Harris for the next four-to-eight weeks, agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter links). Woj adds that there’s optimism Harris will be able to return on the shorter end of that timeline.

Harris has already missed Brooklyn’s last six games with what the team was calling a left ankle sprain. He sustained the injury on November 14 vs. Oklahoma City. Heading into that game, the 30-year-old had been averaging 11.9 PPG and 4.1 RPG with an impressive .465 3PT% in 13 contests (31.5 MPG).

The Nets are now down two starters, with Kyrie Irving also unavailable until he takes the COVID-19 vaccine or New York City lifts its mandate. The team has held its own despite dealing with absences though and currently leads the East with a 14-6 record.

DeAndre’ Bembry, who has started Brooklyn’s last four games, and rookie Cameron Thomas are among the players who have earned increased roles with Harris on the shelf.

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