The Golden State Warriors are hoping that the first round pick they traded up for stays healthy, but Nemanja Nedovic’s career as a Warrior is off to a rather inauspicious start.
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday that Nedovic sprained his right ankle in a scrimmage, and will not participate in Saturday’s summer league game against the Wizards.
Instead, he will fly back to Serbia on Sunday to join the Serbian national team.
“”I prepared a lot [to play on Saturday], but I don’t think we’ll risk it,” he told Simmons. “I really want to play, really, really badly, but it is what it is.”
Nedovic officially signed with the Warriors earlier this week, who traded into the first round of last month’s NBA draft to nab him with the 30th overall pick.
He was one of the top international prospects in the draft, and was projected to be chosen in the mid-to-late second round. Nedovic averaged 9.8 points and 2.1 assists in 10 games with Lietuvos Rytas in the Lithuanian Basketball League. He was a member of the under-20 Serbian national team from 2009-2011.
The Warriors currently have Stephen Curry and Tony Douglas at the point guard position, so Nedovic will likely be added in as a third guard.
That is, if he stays healthy.