One former Kentucky Wildcat can’t seem to catch a break.
The San Antonio Spurs announced Trey Lyles will miss the entire restart of the NBA season from the Orlando Bubble after the small forward underwent appendectomy surgery. Lyles averaged 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game for San Antonio prior to the suspension of play.
Lyles struggled to find a fit early in his career between Utah and Denver. A few injuries last season ultimately ended his time with the Nuggets. Despite the setbacks, Lyles found the perfect place to succeed in San Antonio.
Playing for Gregg Popovich, Lyles had career highs in almost every statistical category — rebounding, three-point shooting (38.7%) and minutes per game. He also started in 53 of the Spurs’ 63 games, the most of his career. Next season’s $5 million contract is non-guaranteed. Lyles may have shown the Spurs enough to keep him in San Antonio for another year.