D'Angelo Russell Underwent Knee Surgery; Timeline to Return from Injury Unknown

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 17, 2017

Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell shoots a foul shot against the Utah Jazz during the second quarter of NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Chris Nicoll)
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Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell will be out for an indefinite period of time after having knee surgery Friday. 

Nets general manager Sean Marks announced Friday that Russell had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his knee and didn't offer a return timetable, via B/R's Howard Beck

Russell last played in the Nets' 114-106 loss against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 11. He scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds in nearly 33 minutes before limping to the locker room late in the fourth quarter. 

Acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers in June, Russell is having the best season of his NBA career. The 21-year-old is averaging career highs with 20.9 points, 5.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. 

Leg injuries have been a problem for Russell over the past two seasons. He missed a total of 19 games in 2016-17 with the Lakers, including a two-week absence from Nov. 22 through Dec. 11 after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection. 

The Nets were already thin in the backcourt with Jeremy Lin out for the season after rupturing his patella tendon in the regular-season opener against the Indiana Pacers

With Russell sidelined for the time being, the Nets have Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead taking the reins at point guard. 

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