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Trey Lyles undergoes appendectomy, will miss the entire NBA restart

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The Spurs’ frontcourt takes another hit as San Antonio limps toward playing official games.

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Trey Lyles will officially miss all of the bubble games in Orlando after suffering an appendicitis, according to Paul Garcia of Project Spurs. The team also announced the fifth-year forward underwent an appendectomy on Wednesday.

San Antonio was already shorthanded heading into the bubble with LaMarcus Aldridge sidelined due to season-ending shoulder surgery, and the loss of Lyles ensures they will be without their entire starting frontcourt. Their available big men are now down to Jakob Poeltl, Rudy Gay, Luka Samanic, Drew Eubanks, Chimezie Metu, and recent-signee Tyler Zeller.

Trey is on a non-guaranteed contract for next season, and PATFO will have until October 18th to move on from the stretch-four without financial consequence. If they choose to retain Lyles past the previously mentioned date, they will owe him a guaranteed $5M for the 2020-2021 season.

For his first year in Silver and Black, Trey Lyles averaged 6.4 points, a career-high 5.7 rebounds, and shot a career-high 38.7% from three-point range. The 6’9 forward appeared in all 63 of the Spurs’ games before the hiatus, starting a career-high 53 contests.