(NEW YORK) — Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez had the screw in his surgically repaired right foot replaced, team general manager Billy King announced Monday.
Doctors discovered that the screw was bent when Lopez took his postseason physical.
King said that Lopez was “pain-free” and that he should be able to resume basketball-related activities in August.
“For me, I don’t have any concern because it wasn’t something that he had pain in [his foot] or it prevented him from playing,” King said.
This is the third foot surgery in the last two years for Lopez, who initially underwent right foot surgery in December 2011 after fracturing his fifth metatarsal in a preseason game against the New York Knicks. He returned for five games later in the season but suffered a second fracture, which was unrelated to the first one. He was shut down by the Nets following the second fracture.
The 25-year-old Lopez bounced back better than expected for the Nets this season, averaging 19.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. He was also ranked fifth in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating, and he made his first All-Star team.
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