It hasn’t been a very good offseason for the Golden State Warriors’ Serbian players.
After Ognjen Kuzmic suffered a stress reaction in his left leg, a report surfaced Tuesday that Nemanja Nedovic has a stress fracture on his right foot. According to the Bay Area News Group, Nedovic sustained the injury while training with the Serbian national team for the FIBA World Cup this summer.
The report states that Nedovic will undergo an MRI exam, and if the fracture is confirmed, his foot will need to be immobilized for 3-4 weeks. Kuzmic will miss around four weeks as well with his injury.
This definitely does not bode well for Nedovic in any regard, considering that he is fighting for his future with the Warriros. He has a $1.15 million team option for the 2015-2016 season and the Warriors must decide on that by Oct. 31. While they don’t have to release him right now, not having his option picked up would demonstrate a lack of confidence in him by Warriors.
Nedovic was selected with the final pick in the first round of the 2013 draft, and the “European Derrick Rose” had a disappointing rookie campaign. Riddled by injuries and assignments to the D-League, Nedovic appeared in just 24 games and averaged 1.1 points in just under six minutes per game.
“He’s trying to figure out who he is and what his role is and what kind of player he is,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told the San Francisco Chronicle back in July. “Those are difficult things to figure out early in your NBA career, because everything is going so fast.”