Thursday, July 12, 2018

Knee injury ends Devonte’ Graham’s summer with Hornets

Charlotte Hornets draft pick Devonte' Graham speaks to the media during a news conference for the NBA basketball team in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, June 22, 2018.

Charlotte Hornets draft pick Devonte' Graham speaks to the media during a news conference for the NBA basketball team in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, June 22, 2018.


Devonte’ Graham’s summer with Charlotte got cut short this week when the rookie point guard from the University of Kansas suffered a right knee injury.

The Hornets announced Wednesday night Graham, a second-round draft pick, was diagnosed with a “condylar lesion,” ending his availability at the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League and keeping him away from regular basketball activities for an undetermined amount of time, according to a report from The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell.

Graham got to play in three summer exhibitions for the Hornets before hurting his knee. The No. 34 overall pick in the 2018 draft averaged 10 points, 6.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game. He shot 37 percent from the field, making 11 of 30 attempts.

Wednesday night Graham tweeted out a couple of comments that seemed to reference the injury. First: “Minor setback. Major comeback.” Later he also wrote: “My spirit (too) high to ever come down. Positive energy and vibes no matter the situation or circumstances.”

The Hornets said Graham would return to Charlotte for further medical examinations.

None by Devonte Graham

None by Devonte Graham


Ryan Zimmerman 4 years, 4 months ago

Sucks to hear, but glad it's not career-ending, ACL, etc Not to make light of it or anything by any means.

D is a hard working kid with a great attitude. Just a small step back and can't wait to see him on the court this season

Titus Canby 4 years, 4 months ago

Darn. Does anyone know if he has a contract yet, and how this affects it?

clint moran 4 years, 4 months ago

He inked his deal last week, or perhaps even early this week. 3 yr./ $4 mil. with the first 2 years guaranteed, but the optional 3rd year being the largest sum of his ballooning contract (at just south of $2 mil., iirc). He's just fine financially, and he still has 2 seasons to earn that 3rd year option, he'll make over $2 mil. guaranteed for playing the first 2 seasons.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 4 months ago

That's too bad for D'Tae. But I have no doubt he'll bounce back. He's been in bad situations before during his college days, or heck, when he was growing up, so this'll be a small bump in the road in the grand scheme of things.

Not being an NBA fan, I've never understood the point of the summer league. It's the offseason. I would think that players ought to be resting up, training, doing whatever they need to do, to be ready for the real season, instead of risking needless injuries in meaningless summer league games. If someone who follows the NBA more closely would care to enlighten me why they have a summer league, I'd appreciate it.

Peter Miles 4 years, 4 months ago

  1. Keep fan interest and publicity high year-round.

  2. Training and evaluation of younger players with staff that won't have as much time for them during the regular season. Pick the players that will be with the main team during the actual NBA season.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 4 months ago

Ah, okay, so if it's about evaluating the new guys, the summer league isn't as meaningless as I thought. Thanks, Peter.

Shannon Gustafson 4 years, 4 months ago

It's only for the "fringe" players who are fighting to make a roster (or even pick up a 2 way or G league deal), or for first or second round guys who the team wants to get some minutes in the system before the NBA season starts.

Graham for example was a 2nd round pick which means he's not guaranteed a roster spot. Because of this, he had to "earn" a contract by playing well in Summer league (which he did). Same for Svi. Newman is a guy who is playing summer league after not getting drafted but isn't doing much so he'll not get a contract (but had the opportunity because of the Summer league existing). Preston got a 2 way deal before Summer league started so he's trying to turn that into an NBA roster spot.

So basically if gives all the guys who didn't go in the lottery or later in the 1st round an opportunity to earn millions by playing well before the "real" season starts.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 4 months ago

That makes more sense, knowing its for newcomers trying to make the team, Thanks, Shannon.

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