Cavs’ Ty Jerome Undergoes Surgery On Right Ankle

Cavaliers guard Ty Jerome underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle earlier this week, reports Chris Fedor of (subscription required). There’s no set recovery timeline for Jerome, according to Fedor, who says the 26-year-old will be out indefinitely.

Jerome signed a two-year, $5MM contract with Cleveland last offseason following a solid season in Golden State. In 45 appearances for the Warriors last season, he averaged 6.9 points and 3.0 assists in 18.1 minutes per night, with a strong shooting line of .488/.389/.927.

The Cavaliers originally envisioned Jerome – a longtime Koby Altman favorite – as a player who could provide depth in the backcourt. After Ricky Rubio announced in August that he was stepping away from the game, the plan was for the newcomer to take over backup point guard duties behind Darius Garland.

Instead, Jerome made just two appearances for the Cavaliers before being sidelined due to a severe high ankle sprain. Reporting near the end of November suggested that Jerome had changed his treatment plan due to frustration about his slow recovery process. A few weeks later, Fedor reported that the guard’s recovery had plateaued and that his lack of progress had “confounded” the team’s medical staff.

According to Fedor, this week’s procedure was completed following recent imaging on that troublesome right ankle at the Cleveland Clinic and is intended to address an impingement in the ankle. There’s optimism that the surgery represents Jerome’s best chance to put the injury behind him and return to action before the end of the season.

With Garland and Jerome injured and the now-retired Rubio no longer on the roster, the Cavaliers have gotten by in recent weeks by having Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert take on more ball-handling responsibilities, with two-way player Craig Porter Jr. providing backup minutes at the point.

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