Newly signed San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic will not be allowed to represent his native Serbia during Eurobasket competition, the team announced Tuesday.
Marjanovic, a 7’4″ rim protector, was diagnosed with a “significant bony edema in his left ankle, according to the release, which also read:
"The Spurs medical team, in conjunction with Dr. Ferkel’s recommendation, has determined the injury compromises Marjanovic’s ability to play basketball without compromising long-term health and future injury."
Eurobasket likely would’ve been one of Marjanovic’s final chances to enter a meaningful contest over the next year.
He’ll log a handful of minutes for the Spurs, but most will come in already-decided games or when Tim Duncan occasionally receives a night off. Marjanovic is the No. 3 or 4 center on the depth chart, depending on where Gregg Popovich decides to slot fan favorite and veteran Matt Bonner.
Nevertheless, the Serbian team is still worth watching for San Antonio fans. Marjanovic’s injury creates an opportunity for Spurs’ 2015 first-round pick Nikola Milutinov to showcase his skills.
Serbia opens Eurobasket 2015 on Sep. 5 against Spain.