Suns rookie Len cleared to practice

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Because of an ankle injury that required surgery, and then a second surgery on the other ankle, big man Alex Len wasn't available for any predraft workouts, wasn't able to participate in Summer League and hasn't been involved in team workouts.

He was taken fifth overall by the Suns, but questions about what he is as a player and his health have lingered a bit.

But the rookie tweeted Thursday that he's been cleared to begin practicing, meaning he'll be ready for the start of training camp.

Len is a gifted seven-footer out of Maryland who was inconsistent last season but clearly has the potential to be special.

But he's had injury issues and anything pertaining to big men that involve their ankles or feet is worrisome. Len is good to go now, though, which is great news. For him, and the Suns, it just needs to stay that way.

Lucky for everyone involved, the Suns have magicians as their medical staff, so I'm sure everything will be fine.

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