Charlotte Bobcats free agent Eduardo Najera has reportedly recovered from surgery after sustaining a season-ending head injury in April, and the forward is drawing interest from the Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a tweet from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Najera had surgery in April to repair a fractured frontal lobe in his forehead from an inadvertent elbow to the head during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Assuming he lands a roster spot with one of those teams, Najera will provide a low-cost option for a team looking to upgrade its perimeter defense. The 36-year-old forward would likely sign for a veterans minimum.
If he doesn't come back to the league as a player, he may turn to coaching. According to Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com, Najera has been in talks with the Mavs about becoming a coach once he retires:
"I've actually been talking to Donnie (the Mavs GM and the owner of the D-League Texas Legends) for two years about someday going into coaching,'' Eddie tells me. "Hey, if I'm going to retire, I've got to start doing something, right?'
Najera became the second Mexico native to play in the NBA, and the first ever to be drafted. In 22 games last season for the Bobcats, he averaged 2.6 points in 12 minutes per game.