The team said a bacterial infection was discovered at the site of the screws when Irving had his most recent surgery, on March 24, to remove tension wire in the knee and that Saturday's procedure will ensure no infection remains.
According to the team, Irving will have two screws removed from his left knee after dealing with an infection from a previous surgery. Irving has been out since March 11.
The latest development will have a huge impact on the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Irving has played the part of a top-10 MVP candidate in his first season with the Celtics. He is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 months, the team said. Without any knowledge of the situation, it's worth wondering whether the Celtics are hoping to remove the screws in his knee. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues".
With Irving out, the Celtics' chances of competing in the East are severely diminished - and the conference playoffs could be wide open.
Terry Rozier, a second-year guard from Louisville, who has been starting for Irving, will be forced to take on greater responsibility in the playoffs.
Irving, who was acquired over the summer in a trade with the Cavaliers, had been expected to return at some point after undergoing surgery last month.
Veteran Al Horford and second-year forward Jaylen Brown have also had their moments over the second half of the season.
The NBA playoffs begin next week with Boston likely to hold the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference after losing to the No. 1 Toronto Raptors Wednesday night.
The question is whether a by-committee approach will be enough against potential first-round opponents, which could be Miami, Washington or Milwaukee.