Suns center Alex Len won’t need surgery on his broken right pinky and will be in a splint for a month, according to Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou.
When the splint comes off, Len presumably can begin working out again and will likely be able to participate in casual the team’s workouts in September. Likely, the risk of re-injuring the finger would be low so long as Len’s range of motion doesn’t lead to more jamming while catching the ball.
Obviously, this is a setback for Len in terms of both keeping his conditioning in check — you would imagine he’ll be able to continue running on a treadmill — and getting more comfortable on the court. The loss will hurt Phoenix’s team-centric plans as well. Coach Mike Longabardi hardly got to toy with lineups involving the second-year big man out of Maryland during the Summer League, and the Suns will continue forward with Miles Plumlee leading the charge in Las Vegas.
If there’s any good news out of the injury, it’s that 50th overall pick Alec Brown will likely see more playing time. He finally brushed off the nerves toward the end of the Suns’ 93-82 win against the Golden State Warriors. Elias Harris, who took the open starting spot after Len’s injury, also was quick to grab opportunity by the horns. As Paul Coro writes from Vegas, Harris showed off his shooting range but most importantly locked up offensive juggernaut Jabari Parker on Sunday.
Len received an exam upon a return to the Valley on Monday.