Ryan Boatright suffers neck injury, will miss remainder of NBA Summer League

The former UConn star is still fighting for a spot on an NBA roster. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(WTNH)–Former UConn guard Ryan Boatright had been having a fantastic summer with the Brooklyn Nets.

The 6-0 guard had played well in the team’s run through NBA Summer League, taking over the starting summer spot and averaging 14.3 points per game on 15-of-33 shooting, and 85% shooting from the free throw line.

He even converted on a game-winning three-point play, leading the Nets from 20 down to a win over the Bulls on July 14:

But on Friday, Nets head coach Lionel Hollins told NetsDaily.com that Boatright’s summer was over, as the guard fell victim to a neck injury.

He likely hurt himself during the team’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, as he played just seven minutes after averaging 25.3 minutes per game for the summer.

It’s not all bad news though, as Hollins on Thursday told NBA-TV that Boatright will be “a candidate” to make the team as its third point guard. The Nets released starter Deron Williams earlier this month.

“I think we need to find a third guy,” Hollins said. “There will be candidates. We just have to make sure that the two guys we have in Shane Larkin and Jarrett Hack stay healthy. We do have to have a third guy. I’m comfortable with Shane. I’m comfortable with Jarrett. Just want to have some insurance.”

“[Boatright] is a candidate. No question about it. He is a candidate. I don’t know who else we’ll bring to camp. It’s a competition and you have to earn it. He’s played well in summer league and earned the right to come back in training camp. But you never know. We may have to make a trade. Not have to make a trade. We may make a trade. Anything is possible.”

 

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