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Kyrie Irving will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery [UPDATE]

Nets PG will be finished in his first season in Brooklyn. How does this impact their lineup going forward? We break down the fantasy basketball implications.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving stands on the court during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Feb. 20, 6:05 p.m. — Irving will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, Sean Marks confirmed to reporters Thursday evening.

Fantasy Basketball impact: Kyrie Irving injury

So as mentioned below, Dinwiddie and LeVert are the biggest benefactors with Kyrie Irving out the rest of the season. The Nets may look to add some more depth at guard, but Joe Harris and Temple should also pick up the slack. As for the Nets playoff chances, well Brooklyn is 25-28 entering Thursday with a 2.0 game lead on the Magic for the No. 7 seed in the East. The Wizards are 5.0 games back of the Nets. It’d take a lot for Brooklyn to fall out of a playoff berth despite the Irving injury.

Brooklyn Nets PG Kyrie Irving is expected to undergo a procedure on his right shoulder and miss extended period of time, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Irving aggravated the shoulder injury that forced him to miss 26 games this season and was set to see a specialist. Apparently the news was bad and it looks like Irving may not return this season.

Kyrie had missed the final five games before the All-Star Break due to the injury. He had returned and at times looked amazing, posting games with 45 and 54 points. We know Irving had been playing through the shoulder pain earlier in the season and apparently it reached a breaking point.

Fantasy basketball analysis: Nets PG Kyrie Irving

With Irving expected to be out an extended period of time, Spencer Dinwiddie will continue to be the focal point for the Nets the rest of the season. Caris LeVert should also see a bigger role, but its something both players have experienced this season with Irving out. Dinwiddie probably isn’t available in season-long formats, but if he is in shallow leagues, get him now. LeVert may be more available, but still tough to find in deeper leagues. The Nets don’t have much PG depth, so Garrett Temple should see additional minutes off the bench moving forward.