Slovenia announces Lorbek won’t play in World Cup

Wednesday the Slovenian National team announced Erazem Lorbek would not be suiting up with the team at the end of the month in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. After undergoing an MRI and several medical exams, Lorbek is still dealing with a chronic knee issue that has been lingering since last season with FC Barcelona.

According to the release from the Slovenian National team, the knee injury is a “serious situation” and the next steps in the process for getting the knee treated aren’t yet known. Lorbek’s NBA draft rights were acquired by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2011 trade that allowed the Spurs to send George Hill to the Indiana Pacers for Kawhi Leonard.

Early last month, there was a report that Lorbek and FC Barcelona were in talks of a contract buy-out, but as of Thursday, no such process has gone through.

Current Spurs players Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter will be participating in the World Cup with France and Brazil. Spurs free agent Aron Baynes will also be suiting up with Australia.

(H/T Jeff Zillgitt of USAToday.com)

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