Napier's summer was cut short courtesy of a left shoulder sprain suffered in Portland's second Las Vegas Summer League game. It's tough to gauge Napier's performance based on these two games alone, especially since he left the second game early. Many basketball fans can recall Napier's college tenure at Connecticut where he willed the program to its fourth national title, but that was three years ago. Napier is no longer the star of the show and will have to adjust to his role of primary backup to the likes of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
Napier sprained his left shoulder in Tuesday's 92-89 win over the Jazz and will miss the rest of the Las Vegas Summer League, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
After acquiring Napier on July 5, the Trail Blazers wanted him to pick up plenty of run in the summer league so that he could distinguish himself as the team's top reserve point guard, but that never came to fruition. After sitting out the Blazers' summer league opener, Napier made his debut Sunday against the Spurs, but exited early after suffering a scalp laceration. He was deemed good to go in advance of Tuesday's contest, but was only on the court for 15 minutes before suffering a more serious injury. Napier is expected to be ready to go for training camp, where he may need to make more of a splash than originally thought if he hopes to maintain a roster spot.
Napier suffered a scalp laceration during Sunday's Summer League matchup with the Spurs.
Napier took a knee to the back of his head and had to leave the game. He is questionable to return, and could have a possible concussion. It's not clear how serious his injury is, however there will likely be further updates if it's serious enough to cause him to miss more games.
Napier is cleared to play in Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League matchup against the Spurs, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.
Napier missed the Blazers' team opener on Saturday but will be on the court come Sunday night. The 24-year-old was traded from the Magic to the Trail Blazers earlier in the week in exchange for cash considerations. Heading into his third season, Napier should be a likely candidate to see major minutes over the course of Summer League, as he has a chance to be the main backup at point guard behind All-Star Damian Lillard.
The 24-year-old failed to make an impact with the Magic last season, averaging just under 11 minutes per game and shooting a paltry 33.8 percent from the floor. He would have entered camp as Orlando's fourth point guard, but in Portland he'll have an opportunity to earn a backup spot behind Damian Lillard. The deal is not yet finalized, though at this point it appears to be all but completed.
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