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Joe Harris undergoes surgery on injured left ankle, out four to eight weeks

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On Monday afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets announced that starting forward Joe Harris would undergo surgery on his left ankle. Later in the day, the Nets said Harris had had “successful” ankle surgery to remove a “loose body.” Dr. Martin O’Malley, the Nets foot/ankle specialist, performed the operation.

Harris is expected to miss between four and six weeks.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN had the details:

Harris’ agent, Mark Bartelstein, gave the expected recovery time to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski...

Bartelstein also told Woj on Monday that there’s optimism he can return on the shorter end of that timeline.

Harris injured his left ankle on November 14th against the Oklahoma City Thunder and hasn’t played since then.

“He is going to have a scope and then we’ll see what that means once they’ve had the procedure,” Nash said after Nets practice on Monday. “We think this is a really positive thing that can put this situation behind him long term rather than risking reoccurrences or uncertainty with the injury.

“There’s a little bone particle in there. Just the uncertainty of it, just better to take it out. We thought that it would potentially sort itself out because it’s been there, but it’s not. Hopefully that’s the end of it.”

On Friday, Nash discussed Harris and said:

“I think he’s made small progress. But I think there’s still a ways to go there, where they’ve got to continue to evaluate different options and how we can help speed up his recovery.”

On the season, Harris is averaging 11 points a game on a 45/47/83 shooting split. Harris has been a source of consistency throughout his time in Brooklyn, but this isn’t his first ankle surgery as noted below

Without Harris, the Nets will look to figure out how they can best replace his shooting and ability to space the floor. So far, that burden has fallen on Patty Mills who’s second in the NBA in 3-point shooting.