Nets general manager Billy King told reporters that Chris McCullough, who played in just 16 games for Syracuse before a torn right ACL forced him to miss the remainder of his freshman season, could play at some point this year.
King said the Nets medical staff will meet with McCullough in the preseason and map out a plan. (Sept 22)
King added that he won't force McCullough into action for the sake of doing so, and that he'll have to be fully healthy in order to play. (Sept 22)
The Nets are taking the right approach here. Anything they can get from McCullough this season has to be seen as a bonus. But what a lift it would be if they could get him physically ready to see some action this season. The ACL injury certainly forced McCullough down the board, but if he can rebound, he could be the steal of the draft. Mentally, getting back on the floor this season would probably be huge for his development. It will prove to him that he is physically ready for a full NBA season and give him an entire offseason to prepare for it. So, while there's no reason for Brooklyn to rush him, it would be great to see it happen.