Bad news for Clippers fans who wanted to get their first glance of rookie C.J. Wilcox in the Summer League. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports the University of Washington product will miss the 2014 Las Vegas Summer League due to a shoulder injury.
Clippers draft pick C.J. Wilcox has a right shoulder injury that will prevent him from playing in the summer league in Las Vegas later this month, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
An interesting nugget in Turner’s article is the timeframe in which the Los Angeles Clippers were informed of an injury.
The Clippers, who used their first-round pick at No. 28 to select Wilcox last week, were unaware that the 23-year-old guard from Washington had a shoulder injury until the team gave him a post-draft physical this week.
Had the Clippers scouting group been aware of Wilcox’s shoulder issue, the team may not have taken him with their lone pick of the 2014 draft. And with several notable names on the board when the 28th pick was on the clock, the decision to surpass Wilcox would’ve been an easy one.
Fortunately for the Clippers, Turner reports Wilcox won’t need surgery on his right shoulder and that he should be available for training camp. With Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes, Reggie Bullock, and Jamal Crawford all reportedly on the trading block as the front office hopes to land a marquee starting small forward in free agency, a transaction that relieves the franchise of the aforementioned wing players could mean a rise on the depth chart for the 23-year-old shooting guard.
With Wilcox out, notable names on the Clippers summer league roster include last years first round pick in Reggie Bullock, eight year NBA veteran Delonte West, and former Miami Heat draft pick Dexter Pittman.
The 2014 Las Vegas Summer League begins July 11th.