Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris has undergone arthroscopic surgery to perform a meniscectomy in his left knee after suffering a meniscus tear, the Magic announced Thursday. No timetable has been provided for Harris’ return to action, as the team said that his return will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation and treatment. At this point, with the regular season set to start in less than two months, Harris being forced to miss at least some of the season seems like a real possibility.
Harris was initially traded to Orlando from the Denver Nuggets in March 2021, and the organization has been happy with what he’s brought to the table since. He signed a new two-year, $26 million deal with the Magic in June. Last season, Harris appeared in 61 games for Orlando — starting in 30 of them — and averaged 11.1 points, two rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 28.4 minutes per performance.
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Obviously, the Magic will hope that Harris doesn’t have to miss too much time as a result of the injury. In the meantime, his absence will open up more on-court opportunities for others, which could mean more minutes for guys like Markelle Fultz, Terrence Ross, Jalen Suggs and R.J. Hampton. As a relatively young team, part of the reason that the Magic brought back Harris was the veteran presence he provides, and he can still provide that from the sideline, at least.
Return timetables from meniscus tears can vary pretty widely, so it’s tough to speculate just how long the Magic could be without Harris’s services. More information regarding his return should become available as the season draws closer.