The Cleveland Cavaliers ended the 2014-15 NBA season with a raft of injuries to key men on their roster.
And, before the new campaign has even begun, they have suffered another setback on the injury front.
As reported by Cleveland.com, shooting guard Iman Shumpert is facing up to three-and-a-half months out of action as he prepares to go in for surgery on a wrist injury.
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Cavs beat writer Chris Haynes revealed the news that Shumpert, a mid-season arrival from the New York Knicks earlier this year, "ruptured the extensor carpri ulnaris in his wrist a few days ago."
The 25-year-old is set to go under the knife tomorrow, just a few days before the 2015 NBA Finals runners-up begin training camp.
There is always the possibility that an injury can heal quicker than the initial prognosis, but, if the 14-week timeline proves to be accurate, that would mean Cleveland being without the 2014-15 starter until around January.
Shumpert only re-signed with the Eastern Conference franchise this summer on a four-year, $40 million contract.
Fortunately for Cleveland, they also re-signed fellow shooting guard J.R. Smith to a new deal this offseason, and you would expect the former Knick to see an increased role whilst Shumpert is out of action.
As alluded to earlier, today's news is only the latest in a long line of injuries to affect the Cavaliers in recent times.
The All-Star duo of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are still recovering from issues that kept them out of the franchise's late playoff run earlier this year.
And, whilst Love is expected back in time for the season opener, Irving, like Shumpert, could be out until the new year.
Cavs fans: How big a blow is this to the team, and is it just bad luck bringing all these injuries? Have your say in the comments below...