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Report: Livio Jean-Charles Will Stay in France for 2015-16 Season

By David Kenyon

Livio Jean-Charles is participating on the San Antonio Spurs Summer League team, but the 2013 first-round pick won’t stick around for the NBA regular season.

According to Sportando, Tony Parker—who is the owner and president of ASVEL Basket—said Jean-Charles will return to his French team.

Tony Parker said Livio Jean-Charles will remain with @ASVEL_Basket next season

— Sportando (@sportando) July 8, 2015

San Antonio selected Jean-Charles at No. 28 overall, stashing the then-19-year-old overseas in order to let him develop. However, a knee injury ended his 2013-14 campaign before it began.

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The 6’9″, 230-pounder’s film has suggested he’s a defensive-minded player who isn’t much of a factor on the offensive end, and through two Summer League games, Jean-Charles has reinforced that opinion. He’s managed 5.0 points on 26.3 percent shooting, adding 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks.

According to RealGM, Jean-Charles managed 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per night for ASVEL Basket last season.

Though the Spurs should have room for Jean-Charles on the roster next season, that doesn’t mean he’ll be ready yet. Jean-Charles must add to his offensive arsenal—preferably a couple post moves and a consistent 18-footer—before making the jump to face NBA competition.

Nevertheless, he’ll likely return for Summer League in 2016 at just 22 years old. Jean-Charles still has plenty of time to play for San Antonio but must improve for the NBA to become a reality.