Clippers rookie Brice Johnson out indefinitely with herniated disc

By Jesse Reed

The Los Angeles Clippers lost rookie power forward Brice Johnson for an indefinite period of time due to a herniated disc in his back.

While a frustrating development for the Clippers, this won’t likely set the franchise back at all for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Johnson was not expected to make an immediate impact this year. Instead, the move to select him No. 25 overall was made with future involvement¬†in mind.

While the Clippers will be fine this year, this injury could be detrimental to the young man’s future.¬†Though surgery has not been determined as the best course of action, oftentimes that is what is required to ensure a full recovery.

That said, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, the Clippers are hoping to get him back in four-to-six weeks. This means the organization is hoping the injury is one that can be overcome without surgery, which is always the best-case scenario.

Last year as a senior with the North Carolina Tar Heels, Johnson averaged 17 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.