Olynyk (knee) will not play for Canada in the FIBA World Cup, but he's expected to be ready for the start of the NBA season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Olynyk flew back to Miami earlier Tuesday to be examined by the Heat's medical staff, who apparently felt it was best for Olynyk to rest rather than push through his bone bruise. All indications are that Olynyk will be ready for the start of the season, where it's possible he opens as Miami's starting power forward or occupies a sixth-man role in the frontcourt.
Olynyk (knee) is in Miami being evaluated by the Heat's medical staff, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports. Olynyk suffered a right knee bone bruise in Canada's exhibition contest against Nigeria on Thursday. While the injury isn't expected to be serious, it's possible the Heat will strongly encourage Olynyk to sit out of the World Cup in order to preserve his health for the upcoming NBA season.
Olynyk, who exited the Canadian national team's exhibition game Wednesday against Nigeria in the third quarter after slipping on a wet floor, was diagnosed with a bruised right knee after X-rays on his leg returned negative, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports. Olynyk said he expects the injury to keep him off the court for about a week, but he hasn't chosen to withdraw from his national team obligations and plans on playing in the FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 31. The 28-year-old -- who was nearly traded earlier in the offseason before ultimately sticking with the Heat -- will be entering the third season of the four-year, $50 million deal he signed with Miami in 2017. He'll likely open training camp as the leading candidate to start at power forward alongside third-year center Bam Adebayo.
Olynyk exited Wednesday's international exhibition game with a leg injury, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports. Olynyk was playing with Team Canada and sustained the injury when he slipped on an apparent wet spot and went down hard. According to Blake Murphy of The Athletic, coach Nick Nurse said the 28-year-old will undergo X-rays.
Olynyk is not a part of the sign-and-trade agreement that brings Jimmy Butler to Miami, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The initial deal, reported Sunday night, had Olynyk heading to the Mavericks, but the trade ultimately fell apart, and the Heat pivoted to instead roping in the 76ers and the Clippers. Olynyk will remain with the Heat for the time being, though it's not out of the realm of possibility that he could be moved in a separate deal at some point.
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