A report out of Washington has starting power forward Nene out for Tuesday night's opener against Cleveland.
The news was first tweeted by Fox's Sam Amico, who listed Nene out with a foot injury. According to Amico, the Wizards' starting lineup will feature Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Booker at the starting forward positions, with guards A.J. Price and Bradley Beal in the back court. Point guard John Wall will also miss the Wizards' opener with a knee injury.
For those who have followed Nene's career, the news isn't all that shocking. The 30-year-old from Brazil has suffered from plantar fasciitis during the preseason, and was also limited to just 37 games in the lockout shortened 2011-2012 season.
Still, the news is disappointing for Wizards fans, who were hoping to see Nene as part of their new-look team this year. In addition to acquiring Nene from Denver late last season, the team also traded for Ariza and Okafor in the off-season, and drafted the highly-touted guard Beal out of Florida.
However the Wizards will now start behind the eight-ball with both Nene and Wall out on Tuesday night.