Cavaliers’ Taurean Prince (ankle) out for season

Taurean Prince, acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the James Harden trade, will miss the rest of the season because of ankle surgery, according to multiple reports.

Prince had been playing through ankle pain for about a month and said recently he was thinking of having “clean up” surgery at some point. The specific details of the surgery are still being finalized.



Prince has averaged 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 29 games (six starts) since arriving with Jarrett Allen in the four-team Harden trade.

He is shooting 41.5 percent from 3-point range and is under contract for one more season with the Cavaliers at $13 million.

Taurean Prince
Jan 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Taurean Prince (12) celebrates his three-point basket in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this month, Prince scored double figures in seven straight games, providing a needed punch for the reserves. During Wednesday’s 121-105 win over the Chicago Bulls, Prince scored eight points in 21 minutes.

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