Magic’s Okeke Out At Least One Month Following Knee Procedure

The Magic will be without forward Chuma Okeke for at least the next month, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who reports that Okeke underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.

Wojnarowski specifies that the procedure was a chondroplasty, which is designed to “repair and reshape damaged cartilage in a joint.” The plan is for Okeke to be reevaluated in four weeks, Woj adds. He had already missed the last 14 games due to the injury.

The 16th overall pick in the 2019 draft, Okeke has a history of left knee problems. He spent his first professional season in the G League before signing an NBA contract because he was still recovering from a torn left ACL that he suffered while playing at Auburn.

The 24-year-old, now in his third NBA season, has shown some flashes of promise as a three-and-D contributor, knocking down 34.8% of his three-point attempts as a rookie in 2020/21. However, he has struggled with his shot so far this season, making just 36.8% of his field goal attempts, including 30.0% of his threes. In 18 appearances (seven starts), he has averaged 5.4 PPG and 4.2 RPG in 21.8 minutes per night.

Fortunately, the Magic have no shortage of options at forward, with Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero, and Bol Bol all having strong seasons. Reserve forward Admiral Schofield has also been playing well as a rotation piece as of late, putting up 22 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes across his last two games. There’s optimism that Jonathan Isaac, who is the final stages of his own injury rehab process, will be back at some point in the near future too.

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