Sixers' Luwawu-Cabarrot sidelined from French national team with knee injury

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot takes a shot during minicamp at the Philadelphia 76ers training complex in Camden on June 30.

It just wouldn’t be a normal offseason for the 76ers unless there was an injury involved. Fortunately for the organization, this one doesn’t appear to be too severe.

Swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will not participate with the French national team in the upcoming FIBA EuroBasket because of patellar tendinitis, according to two sources. One source confirmed that the Sixers are aware of the injury and will know more when the team’s medical staff gets to examine him.

Luwawu-Cabarrot impressed this past season, as the rookie showed promise at both ends of the floor in the 17 minutes a game he was given during his 69 appearances. The original plan was for TLC get experience playing for the Delaware 87ers in the Development League, but because of a plethora of injuries to other players during the season, the 22-year-old was given much more playing time than envisioned. A high-energy player with capable shooting skills and good defensive instincts, Luwawu-Cabarrot could be a capable backup for coach Brett Brown this coming season, provided the knee injury doesn’t set him back too much.

During his rookie season, Luwawu-Cabarrot averaged 6.4 points, and shot 40.2 percent from the floor, 31.1 percent from three-point range. His speed, quickness and ability to get to the rim are big reasons why Brown sees TLC fitting into the rotation in some way.