The 26-year-old Marjanovic, who signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the Spurs last month, has been diagnosed with a bone edema in his left ankle. The injury was discovered during a physical exam conducted by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, which included an MRI. According to a Spurs medical release, the injury “compromises Marjanovic’s ability to play basketball without compromising long-term health.”
In a series of tweets in Serbian on Tuesday, Marjanovic’s European-based agent, Misko Raznatovic, disputed the diagnosis, saying his client’s bone structure is normal for a player of his excessive size. Marjanovic’s appeal options are limited. Language in the NBA’s agreement with FIBA awards NBA teams broad power to hold a contracted player out of international competition in light of a “reasonable health concern.”
Boban Marjanovic out of Serbian squad for EuroBasket2015 after the Spurs did not allow the big man to play with his National Team. This is the letter sent to Serbian Federation by the Spurs.