Gani Lawal tears ACL, out for the year

Gani Lawal

Gani Lawal

Phoenix Suns rookie forward Gani Lawal tore the ACL and partially tore the MCL in his right knee during Thursday morning’s practice at US Airways Center and will be out for the season.

According to The Arizona Republic, Lawal suffered the injury while planted and getting ready to jump. He left the arena on crutches and will undergo surgery in 1-2 weeks when the swelling subsides.

Lawal played just two minutes all season and in that time did not put up any stats aside from a foul Friday against Detroit. The Suns often activated fellow rookie Garret Siler instead of Lawal, who averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 10 games with the D-League’s Iowa Energy.

Although Lawal was not likely to make a dent in the Suns’ rotation this season, it’s devastating for a young player with much to learn to be robbed of a crucial developmental year. It must hurt even more for Lawal because he has a non-guaranteed deal for next year and the Suns might not want to wait on him with two first-rounders slated to join the roster next season.

The Suns will be with 11 players until Siler returns from his current stint with Iowa. Siler has averaged 4.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over two contests with the Energy.

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