The Indiana Pacers announced their training camp roster via Pacers.com:
“Additionally, guard C.J. Wilcox, who was signed to a two-way contract in August, suffered a torn right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. Wilcox underwent successful surgery to repair the tendon and will miss the entire 2018-19 regular season.”
While this isn’t a huge blow to the Pacers, it’s a tough blow to the team’s depth. The 27-year-old has only played in a handful of NBA games across three seasons and he’s spent a good deal of time in the G League. Wilcox’s two-way contract would ensure that he would continue to spend most of his time with the Pacers’ G-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
It’s always tough to see a player miss an entire season due to injury. Even though this doesn’t significantly alter Indiana’s plans for this season, no one ever wants to see a player deal with a devastating injury. Coming back healthy is difficult enough; convincing teams that the injury is in the past is another challenge in itself.
Teams are willing to take chances on the best and brightest in spite of their injuries, but journeymen aren’t always given the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully, Wilcox can successfully rehab from his Achilles tear and come back stronger than ever.
After the Paul George trade, many were left wondering whether or not the team was in a rebuild mode. Victor Oladipo calmly answered those questions. As training camp is set to begin, Oladipo and company look to build off of last season’s surprising success.
Injuries are a part of the game and, unfortunately, the Pacers and Wilcox must bounce back from this injury in their own ways.