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Magic’s Al-Farouq Aminu out indefinitely after surgery for torn meniscus

Al-Farouq Aminu, Magic

Orlando Magic forward Al-Farouq Aminu underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Tuesday, according to the team. He’s set to be reevaluated in about 12 weeks and will be out indefinitely until then. His recovery will depend on how he responds to treatment and rehabilitation.

The organization has been battling injuries at a rare rate this season, dealing with nicks to Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic during the opening stretch of the season. Another forward, Jonathan Isaac, is on the mend as well, though choosing to go a non-operative route with his knee injury.

Aminu did not opt for surgery shortly after the injury was diagnosed because he intended to return as quickly as possible and rejoin the team, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic. He then had an on-court setback in late December, which caused his knee to lock up, forcing him to make this decision to go under the knife.

The 29-year-old signed a free-agent contract with the Magic in the summer, locking up a three-year, $29.2 million pact with Orlando after spending his last four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Al-Farouq Aminu first suffered the torn meniscus injury on Nov. 29 against the Toronto Raptors and has missed the last 19 games since. He averaged 4.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and a steal through 18 games this season.

Despite going 5-5 in their last 10 games, the Magic have climbed to the seventh seed in the East, largely due to the Brooklyn Nets’ seven-game skid that dropped them to the last playoff spot, now trailing the Magic by a half-game.