Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
The Suns said Sunday that team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Carter will perform the surgery.
Bledsoe was hurt Saturday night in the Suns’ home loss to Philadelphia after he appeared to collide with the 76ers’ Robert Covington.
The former University of Kentucky star is averaging career highs of 20.4 points, 6.1 assists and 2.0 steals in 31 games this season, his third with the Suns and sixth in the NBA.
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“He’s a big part of our team,” teammate and fellow ex-Cat Brandon Knight in a report by The Arizona Republic. “He does a lot for us. For myself, I’ll just continue to go out and play hard every night. Whether I’m on or off the ball, I’m just trying to make the right plays and try to do whatever it takes for my team to win.”
Bledsoe missed time in the 2013-14 season recovering from surgery on his right knee. He’s in the second season of a five-year, $70 million deal.
The Suns have lost four straight to drop to 12-20. They will face Cleveland at home Monday night.
The loss of Bledsoe could lead to more playing time for two other former UK standouts — rookie Devin Booker and third-year pro Archie Goodwin.
“It’s a big loss for us because Bled was the heart of our team but it gives an opportunity for other guys to step up now,” Booker told the Arizona Republic. “It’s tough for us. It’s how we respond really. We have enough veterans on this team keeping us solid. I think we’ll all be right and make a few runs.”