Breaking: PJ Washington out of summer league with sore left foot— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 3, 2019
The injury isn’t expected to require any sort of surgery. The Hornets are just playing it safe with their newest draft pick.
It’s the second time in three seasons that a Hornets first round selection won’t play in the Summer League. Malik Monk missed the exhibitions in 2017 as he recovered from an ankle injury suffered during pre-draft workouts.
In that same piece for the Charlotte Observer, Bonnell also notes that Hornets head coach James Borrego expects sophomore forward Miles Bridges to play primarily at the power forward spot next season, maybe even as the team’s starter. As a rookie, Bridges shifted between the small forward and power forward spots, but operated primarily as a small forward.
He also notes that second round pick Cody Martin will play as a lead guard despite his 6’6” height and his being listed as a forward during the 2019 NBA Draft.