The Brooklyn Nets received a bit of bad news today. Georgian small forward Tornike Shengelia is planned to undergo knee arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee on July 31st and will be out indefinitely. The Nets will update Toko’s progress once the surgery is complete, but it is not yet known how much time he will miss.
We first saw signs of this in the Orlando Summer League when Shengelia said there was soreness and discomfort in his knee. This affected his play, which was not very good in the summer league.
Luckily for the Nets, the team hurt most by this is not Brooklyn. Toko will not be able to play on the Georgian national team in FIBA Eurobasket this summer because of the injury. This could have gained Shengelia some valuable international experience, especially because he is only 21 years old.
For the Nets, this is not too much of a problem. Toko probably would have been the 14th and final man on Brooklyn’s roster this season and would receive none-to-little NBA playing time.
However, Toko would have been able to play in all the Nets preseason games as well as some D-League games this season. If he comes back healthy, expect to see Toko in the D-League at some point this season.