Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is set to be out of action until January, according to reports.
Irving was suffering from tendinitis in his left knee throughout the playoffs, but continued to play until he suffered a fractured left kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Irving is in the midst of his rehabilitation programme, but the chances of him making an appearance against the Chicago Bulls on opening night on October 27 are slim at best.
It was thought that Irving would be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing surgery to repair his kneecap, but the Cavaliers are likely to give him more time to recuperate as they don't want the three-time All-Star aggravating his injury.
While the Cavaliers will sorely miss the 23-year-old point guard as he averaged 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game last season, they will consider themselves extremely fortunate to have signed veteran point guard Mo Williams to a two-year, $4.3 million deal.
In addition to Williams, the Cavaliers will also be expecting Matthew Dellavedova to put up a strong showing during the upcoming season, especially after he was lauded for his gritty performances during the 2014/15 playoffs.