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Rockets’ draft-and-stash Sergio Llull goes down with reported ACL injury

Basketball - Olympics: Day 12

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Sergio Llull #23 of Spain handles the ball against France during the Men’s Quarterfinal match on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Spanish point guard Sergio Llull probably holds the mythical title of “best current player never to have played in the NBA.” The point guard for Real Madrid who led that team to a preseason win over the Thunder last year was drafted in the second round in 2009 by the Nuggets, the Rockets bought his draft rights, and they have tried for years to lure him to the NBA.

Llull will miss EuroBasket and could miss the upcoming season after going down with a nasty non-contact knee injury that is being reported as an ACL issue.

This is unfortunate news, it’s never good to see a player go down like that.

It doesn’t really impact the Rockets, who obviously are pretty set at point guard this year with Chris Paul and James Harden. Llull is under contract with Real Madrid through 2021 and has said he plans to honor that deal.