Celtics rookie 7-footer Kelly Olynyk will not compete for the Canadian senior men’s national team this summer because of plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation in the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It’s considered a nagging but painful injury.
“Nothing too serious, but he just needs to rest and recover,” a source close to the situation said Monday. Olynyk is expected to see a doctor as soon as Tuesday about the issue.
The Canadian team announced Monday the list of 18 players who are set to attend its training camp, which is scheduled to begin Friday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Olynyk, a native Canadian who grew up in Toronto and has been a part of the Canadian national team program in recent years, was not on that list.
“He’s so keen about wanting to play, but the Celtics had some concerns,” national team head coach Jay Triano told the Toronto Star.
Olynyk, whom the Celtics traded up to the No. 13 overall pick to draft, played very well in five games at the Orlando Summer League, averaging a team-high 18 points and 7.8 rebounds in 24.3 minutes. He was voted to the league’s all-summer first team.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has said that he sees Olynyk weighing 260 pounds – 20 more than he does now – and as a power forward who can play center occasionally.
“I don’t see Kelly as a go-to guy in the NBA,” Ainge added on the day Olynyk was introduced to the media, “but a guy that complements the rest of the guys on the team and makes them all better.”
That said, given that the Celtics are rebuilding and Olynyk’s strong play during summer league, there’s a chance that the former Gonzaga standout could play a bigger role this coming season.