Kelly Olynyk will not be playing for Team Canada in the FIBA World Cup.
The 28-year-old suffered a knee injury when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor during an exhibition game against Nigeria last week. Olynyk was evaluated by the Heat and will not be able to play with Team Canada in the coming weeks, according to a report from ESPN.
here’s the sequence in the third quarter where kelly olynyk slipped on a wet spot on the floor and had to be helped to the locker room pic.twitter.com/RUn5R8zmgL
— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) August 8, 2019
He is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
After suffering a knee injury in competition last week, Miami Heat F Kelly Olynyk will be unable to compete for Canada in the FIBA World Cup, source tells ESPN. Olynyk is expected to be ready for the start of the NBA season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 13, 2019
Olynyk joins several players who have withdrawn from the event including Canada teammate and Knicks rookie RJ Barrett. There were several players who stepped away from Team USA as well including James Harden, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard.
Those players, however, withdrew to focus on the upcoming season rather than due to injury. But Raptors guard Kyle Lowry did pull out because of a previous injury to his thumb which has not fully healed.
Team Canada’s roster does not feature many NBA players anymore. Only Khem Birch (Magic), Chris Boucher (Raptors), Luguentz Dort (Thunder), Cory Joseph (Kings) and Marial Shayok (76ers) are currently on NBA rosters after the reported departure of Olynyk.
Team Canada opens FIBA World Cup play Sept. 1 against Australia.