Irving’s surgery goes well; expected back for training camp

Kyrie Irving of the Celtics underwent a second operation on his ailing left knee in the past few weeks Saturday and is expected to be back for the starting of training camp.

The second surgery on Kyrie Irving’s ailing left knee was deemed to be successful, the Boston Celtics announced Saturday.

Irving, the former Cleveland Cavaliers guard traded to Boston on Aug. 22, is expected for be ready for training camp, according to the team:

The Boston Celtics announced that guard Kyrie Irving underwent successful surgery today to remove two screws in his left patella.

“The surgery went exactly as planned, and we expect Kyrie to be fully healthy for training camp in the fall,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.

In March, the five-time All-Star had what was termed a “minor”┬áprocedure on the knee to remove a tension wire that had been in place since having surgery to repair a fractured patella in Game 1 of the 2105 NBA Finals.

The Celtics hoped the removal of the tension wire would alleviate some of the soreness Irving was feeling and would be able to get back to playing in three to six weeks. That would have allowed him to return for the end of the first round of the playoffs or for the start of the second.

However, Thursday, it was announced Irving would need a second surgery and would miss the rest of the 2017-18 season, including the postseason.

The surgery was necessary to remove screws implanted as part of his surgery after the 2015 Finals that had become infected.

Going by the announced projected timeline to return — four to five months — Irving should be back when training camp tips off for Boston.

The Celtics 54-25 and second in the Eastern Conference behind only Toronto (57-22) entering play Saturday, have been hit hard by injuries this season.

Boston lost big-ticket free-agent signee Gordon Hayward for the season on opening night in Cleveland and are also without Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis.