The Spurs' biggest signing of the summer, 7'3" center Boban Marjanovic, has been diagnosed with significant bony edema in his left ankle which was discovered after a team physical that included an MRI. In order to prevent long term injury and give him time to heal by training camp, Spurs doctors have decided to hold Marjanovic out of the EuroBasket 2015 tournament that will be held from September 5-20.
The Spurs' official press release is below.
SAN ANTONIO (August 4, 2015) – After a physical exam, which included a MRI, San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanović has been diagnosed significant bony edema in his left ankle. The exam was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel, director of sports medicine at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.
The Spurs medical team, in conjunction with Dr. Ferkel’s recommendation, has determined the injury compromises Marjanović'
As a result of these findings and in the best interest of his future health, Spurs officials have informed Marjanović and the Serbian Basketball Federation that, under the agreement between FIBA and the NBA, Marjanović will not be allowed to participate with the Serbian National Team in Eurobasket 2015.
Dr. Ferkel is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine.