Six months after dislocating his kneecap in a game, Sergey Karasev said Monday, he is back on the court, permitted to play 5-on-5 for the first time since his March surgery.
At the time of his surgery on March 12, Dr. Riley J. Williams III, the Nets medical director, said, "a full recovery is anticipated, and he is expected to be ready for training camp next season."
Karasev played in 33 games (16 starts) for Brooklyn last season season, posting averages of 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game. The Nets have until October 31 to decide whether to extend Karasev through 2016-17.
With his return and Thomas Robinson's recovery from a slight meniscus tear, the only Net player not yet cleared for 5-on-5 play remains first round draft choice Chris McCullough. He's recovering from a torn ACL suffered last January in a game at Syracuse.