Juan Pablo Vaulet, who the Nets traded for on Draft Night, will not play in either summer league after injuring his ankle and knee, according to media reports in his native Argentina. He will have travel to the US to meet with team officials.
Ole, the big Argentine sports site, reports Vaulet has informed the Nets. He will be sidelined at least a month. Vaulet, a 6'6" swingman, played well in the first and second games of the FIBA U19 tournament in Greece, then pulled himself in Game 3. He has missed four straight games since then.
According to Ole, Vaulet injured himself before he got to Greece. He suffered a bone bruise to his right ankle during the National League playoffs earlier in June. Once he was examined, doctors found he had strained ligaments in his right knee and recommended treatment and rest that could last a month.
Vaulet, a 6'6" swingman who's seen as the best player to come out of Argentina in a decade, was taken at No. 39 in the second round by the Hornets. The Nets sent Charlotte a reported $880,000 and two second rounders, in 2018 and 2019. The Nets do not anticipate him playing in the NBA for at least another year.
Vaulet missed 18 months of action over the past two years to an ankle injury. The 19-year-old averaged 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game in 34 games this past season.