Warriors center Festus Ezeli will most likely not play in NBA Summer League games due to right shin inflammation, the team announced Monday on the eve of its first workout in Las Vegas.
Ezeli after missing all of last season recovering from right knee surgery will have his return delayed because of precautionary reasons, according to the Warriors, who believe the latest injury is “nothing serious.”
Ezeli, a Warriors first-round draft pick in 2012, said last month he had been cleared for five-on-five action and seeing his explosiveness improve while playing in pickup games. The Warriors are counting on his return as one way to improve the roster from last season.
“I think we are already better than a year ago as Festus returns–nobody mentioning that!” co-owner Joe Lacob wrote in an email to Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami last week.
Ezeli averaged 2.4 points and 4 rebounds while playing in 78 games as a rookie before undergoing surgery to reinforce both the MCL and PCL in his sprained knee.