OKLAHOMA CITY — Gonzaga basketball alumnus and Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren is out for the season due to a foot injury, according to reports from ESPN.
Holmgren, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, suffered a Lisfranc injury in a Pro-Am game in Seattle on Saturday. Earlier reports stated he would miss several games while the injury was checked out, but ESPN reported Thursday morning that he would miss the entirety of the 2022-2023 season.
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti issued a statement on Holmgren's absence from the season:
"Certainly, we are disappointed for Chet, especially given the excitement he had about getting on the floor with his teammates this season," Presti wrote in part. "One of the things that most impressed us during the process of selecting Chet was his determination and focus. We expect that same tenacity will carry him through this period of time as we work together and support him during his rehabilitation."
Holmgren has an Exhibit Five clause in his contract, which lists outside events that are sanctioned for NBA players to attend and compete in. The Crawsover Pro-Am was on the list, so Holmgren does not have to forfeit any contract money for getting injured in an NBA sanctioned event.
The rehabilitation time for a Lisfranc injury is normally between four and six months.
Holmgren has not yet commented on his absence from the 2022-2023 season.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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