Posted June 20, 2012

Report: Golden State Warriors not considering Jared Sullinger with No. 7 pick

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The Golden State Warriors will not take Jared Sullinger with the seventh pick in the NBA Draft, partly because of medical concerns about the former Ohio State star’s back, reports the San Jose Mercury News‘ Tim Kawakami on Twitter (via Pro Basketball Talk).

ESPN.com‘s Chad Ford reported on Monday that some teams are worried Sullinger’s back will cut short his career. Ford also reported that some team doctors are even telling their front offices not to take Sullinger anywhere in the first round.

Before that news broke, Sullinger was projected to go in the late lottery. The seventh pick likely would have been a stretch for Sullinger even without the back issues.

Sullinger missed time last December while dealing with spasms that came from an aggravated disc in his back. The latest concerns over his back came because of tests at last week’s NBA Draft Combine. Sullinger’s father denied that the forward’s back issues are a concern.

The key question is whether other teams in the lottery have the same worries as the Warriors. If they do, Sullinger’s stock could drop in the days leading up to the draft.