Frank Jackson has yet to put on an NBA uniform, but his injury history is already growing.
The New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie guard will have surgery on his broken right foot Friday morning, ESPN reported Thursday night. This would be the second time Jackson has broken the foot since leaving Duke after his freshman year.
The Pelicans traded a pair of second-round picks to move up to the No. 31 selection so they could take Jackson, a combo guard known for his bounce off the dribble and accuracy from beyond the 3-point line.
Jackson was unable to work out for the Pelicans since he first had surgery on the right foot after the draft combine in May. That surgery held Jackson out of Las Vegas summer league action, but he was expected to make a full recovery by August and be ready for training camp when it opens Sept. 25. It’s now unclear when Jackson will be able to return, but he’s likely to miss the entire preseason schedule as well as part of the regular season.
Jackson, 19, was unlikely to play a major role on this year’s team, but coach Alvin Gentry said training camp would be a useful part of developing his game at the NBA level. Instead, he’ll likely spend it watching from the sideline.
“It’s the worst,” Jackson said of sitting out during summer league. “It’s pretty bad, but I know these things take time, and I don’t want to reinjure it. It’s tough just to sit here, but I’ve been able to learn things and still talk to coaches and learn the sets, learn plays and be around the guys.”