Abdel Nader out for 2-3 months after wrist surgery
The Boston Celtics came awfully short of making an NBA Finals appearance this year, as they were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern Conference Finals series that took seven games to conclude. Now that the Celtics and the entire NBA is in the offseason, it’s a convenient time for players to recover from their injuries. Among them is Boston Celtics forward Abdel Nader, who recently went under the knife for a right wrist arthroscopy and ulnar osteotomy, per Jay King of The Athletic.
Abdel Nader underwent right wrist surgery Friday to correct lingering issues from a high school injury, per the Celtics. pic.twitter.com/rA9VZs6IxU
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 11, 2018
Expected to be removed from any basketball activity up to three months, Nader, as stated by the report, is projected to be healthy enough to join the team’s training camp. However, Nader will not be able to capitalize on some free time to improve his game, which he definitely needs after playing mediocre minutes for Boston last season.
The seldom-used forward averaged only 10.9 minutes in 48 games played for Boston in the regular season, putting up paltry numbers of 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. He appeared in 11 games in the playoffs and scored a total of 12 points in those contests.
Nader was drafted by the Celtics 58th overall in 2016 but he had to spend some time in the NBA Development League before signing a three-year deal with Boston last year, a contract that comes with a club option in the fourth year.