Cavaliers Place Rookie Diop On Injured List

CLEVELAND (AP) - Rookie center DeSagana Diop, coming off his first start of the season, was placed on the injured list by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

Diop, the eighth overall selection in last year's NBA draft, strained his right foot during Tuesday night's game against the Seattle SuperSonics. The 7-footer finished with 5 points in nine minutes.

The Cavs haven't had much of a chance to see what Diop (pictured, above) can do because of injuries.

The 20-year-old player missed 15 games earlier this season because of a sprained left knee. He was also out for most of training camp with a sore foot, and Diop had to sit out another week with a sprained ankle.

To take Diop's spot, the Cavs activated rookie guard Jeff Trepagnier from the injured list. Trepagnier was arrested Sunday night outside a Cleveland nightclub for disorderly conduct and pleaded innocent on Thursday.

Trepagnier, who has to appear in court again on March 26, had been on the injured list with tendinitis in his right knee.

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