Shams Charania of RealGM reports that the Nets will shut down Cory Jefferson for the remainder of Summer League due to ankle issues. No further details were given on the alleged injury.
Nets' Cory Jefferson has struggled with ankle injury in summer league, deciding to shut down. July 15 partial guarantee is widely expected.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2015
However, Tim Bontemps, who is in Orlando, later tweeted that Jefferson would NOT be sidelined and would indeed play through the ankle struggles for Tuesday's 3 o'clock matchup.
I'm told Cory Jefferson will be playing today for the Nets in summer league action. Nets game is at 3 pm on @NBATV— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 7, 2015
Told Jefferson's ankle has been bothering him, but is still playing for the Nets.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 7, 2015
Jefferson, 24, would be the fourth Nets player to be sidelined this Summer League due to injury, joining Juvonte Reddic (back), JayVaughn Pinkston (ACL) and Juan Vaulet (ankle). He's started in both games the Nets have played in Orlando. It appeared he bulked up since the season ended
The Nets have until July 15 to decide if they want to pick up their team option on Jefferson. His contract would then be partially guaranteed, starting with a $75,000 payment.
Although this is negative news health-wise, it may be a positive indicator for Jefferson's return. The Summer League stage was initially an audition for Jefferson, but with the Nets lacking backup bigs -- and currently have five point guards -- the decision to shut Jefferson down early might point to signs of him returning. As Charania tweeted, the partial guarantee is "widely expected".
Jefferson was the last player picked in the 2014 NBA Draft, but impressed some with his length and athleticism throughout the season, most notably his double-double night of 12 and 13 in 15 minutes back in March.