Jared Sullinger has been medically red-flagged by NBA team doctors because of a back problem discovered during the league combine, ESPN.com reported Monday night, citing multiple league sources.
Some team doctors have have reviewed the information from the NBA and told their front office staff that Sullinger's back issues could shorten his NBA career, the website reported. Some have advised their teams not to draft him in the first round.
Sullinger, 6 feet 9 and 268 pounds, has been projected as a top-10 pick, but the injury risk could send his stock plummeting in the June 28 draft. He worked out today for the New Orleans Hornets, who own the No.10 pick in the first round.
David Falk, Sullinger's agent, told SI.com that a back and spine specialist who examined Sullinger "explained to us that Jared had extremely tight hamstrings that became tight because he had suffered an injury that I don't think he was aware of to his hamstring. He needs to maintain vigilance with his flexibility. And if he does that, and keeps his weight at an appropriate level, then he should have absolutely no problems over the next 15 years."