Shane Larkin Injury: Updates on Mavericks Guard's Ankle
Dallas Mavericks rookie Shane Larkin suffered a broken ankle in summer league play. The injury will likely keep him out for around three months.
Shane Larkin's first piece of NBA action lasted exactly two practices.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavericks guard will be out two to three months after suffering a broken ankle in Friday's practice session:
Shane Larkin, the Dallas Mavericks' 1st-round pick, broke his ankle in summer league practice, sources told Y! Could be out 2-3 months.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2013
After Wojnarowski's report came out, Larkin confirmed the dire news and vowed to come back stronger:
Yes it is true. But if you think I won’t come back stronger then before then you got the wrong guy. #GoMavs— Shane Larkin (@ShaneLarkin) July 12, 2013
Larkin was in Las Vegas this week preparing for the Summer League, where he and second-year forward Jae Crowder were the team's highest-profile players on the Dallas roster. The Mavericks open their slate against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.
Dallas acquired the rights to Larkin, the No. 18 pick in June's draft, in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks. A breakout star last season in college basketball, Larkin left Miami with two years of eligibility remaining, despite many having questions about his size.
A 5'11" spark plug, Larkin averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game last season, helping lead the Hurricanes to one of their greatest seasons in school history. In their second campaign under head coach Jim Larranaga, Miami won the ACC regular-season championship and tournament. Larkin was considered the heart and soul of that squad on both ends of the floor, pushing the Miami to the Sweet 16.
Considered a borderline first-round pick after he declared, Larkin wowed scouts at the combine with his athleticism and speed. He had a 44-inch vertical leap, the second-best in combine history, helping alleviate some concerns about his slight frame.
This latest development is the latest in a string of frustrations for the Mavericks this offseason. The team lost out on the Dwight Howard chase to the Houston Rockets and saw secondary target Andrew Bynum go to the Cleveland Cavilers—the second consecutive summer it has come up short landing a major free agent.
That said, the team's biggest moves should allow Larkin to take as much time as he needs healing. The Mavericks agreed to a four-year contract with Spanish point guard Jose Calderon, likely to serve as a mentor to Larkin while allowing him to come along slowly. ESPN's Marc Stein also reported Friday that Dallas had come to an agreement with shooting guard Monta Ellis.
The news also comes on the heels of the Mavericks and Devin Harris scrapping their three-year pact due to the point guard's toe issues, per Stein:
ESPN sources: Toe injury forces Mavs to shelve plan to re-sign fan favorite Devin Harris. Sides mutually agree to scrap three-year, $9M deal— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2013
A two- or three-month time frame would bring Larkin back in September or October, leaving open the chance that he could be fully healed for training camp and the beginning of the regular season.
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