Last season was full of injury updates for the Los Angeles Lakers. Hopefully next season won’t be the same, though it seems that one of the team’s rookies won’t be healthy heading into this year’s training camp.
According to Dave McMenamin from ESPN Los Angeles, the Lakers don’t expect second-round pick Ryan Kelly to be ready to play when training camp gets underway later this month:
The Lakers drafted Ryan Kelly in the second round primarily for his ability to stretch the floor with his long-range accuracy, but the team has been discouraged by the rookie’s progress during the summer, according to multiple league sources. The Lakers doubt that Kelly, who missed summer league while recovering from multiple foot procedures, will be ready for the start of training camp.
Despite being a regular at the Lakers’ practice facility this summer, the purple and gold have yet to sign the former Duke player.
Kelly has been plagued by foot injuries during his short career, though doctors expect him to return to full health after his foot procedure earlier this year. Hopefully Kelly will make a full recovery, but it looks like it may just take a little bit longer than originally expected; this may explain why the team has signed potential stretch fours such as Shawne Williams and Elias Harris in recent weeks.