NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 29: Tenth pick overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, Austin Rivers talks to the media at the New Orleans Arena on June 29, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The rookie point guard is expected to be fully recovered for training camp.
Austin Rivers had a bone spur removed from his ankle three weeks ago, and the rookie guard is progressing nicely. He expects to be fully healed by the time training camp begins in October, according to The Times-Picayune.
"I’m doing great actually now, so I’ll be back very soon," Rivers said Tuesday by telephone from New York where he participated in the NBA’s rookie transition program. "It’s got a lot better and I actually got even stronger than I think I was before I got hurt."
Rivers is rehabbing in his hometown of Winter Park, Fla. He participated in just two of the Hornets' five summer league games. Rivers averaged 10 points and 3.5 assists in those games.
He is expected to play mostly point guard in his rookie season.