San Antonio Spurs 1st round draft pick Livio Jean-Charles will require knee surgery.
He reportedly has a severe sprain in his right knee that does call for surgery. The 6’9, 217 pound forward from France was projected to be a second round pick but was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs at the #28 overall spot.
It is said that the injury occurred while playing with the French national team and are talks that he’s not expected to join the Spurs this season. He’s played professional ball over in France, making 24 appearances and 5 starts going 34-62, scoring 82 points.
Good thing they picked up another forward in former Indiana Pacer Jeff Pendergraph. Another 6’9 forward who will more than likely take Jean-Charles spot on the roster. Pendergraph and the Spurs agree’d on a 2 year deal, adding more depth to the forward position.
Pendergraph averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season as we all know, the Pacers reached the Eastern Conference Finals.
Perfect timing for Jeff Pendergraph, terrible timing for Livio Jean-Charles who will have to put his NBA debut on hold for at least 1 season.