The Nets announced that Brook Lopez underwent surgery to replace a screw in his right foot, which was previously surgically repaired, and that he should be ready to resume basketball activities in August.
From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:
The bent screw was discovered in Lopez’s postseason physical, and was “subsequently replaced,” which was as specific as the release was about when the procedure was completed. The release, which was issued by Nets general manager Billy King, said he should resume basketball-related activity in August, which will likely mean he’ll be fully recovered by the start of training camp on October 1.
Lopez had two surgeries on the same right foot during the 2011-12 season, but was healthy and one of the better players at his position last year, when he appeared in 74 of the team’s 82 regular season games.
Lopez averaged 19.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots in 30.4 minutes per game, while making his first All-Star appearance and helping the Nets reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.
The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:
Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.
Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.
Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.
It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:
it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.
That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.
Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.
Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.
I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.
This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.