Orlando Magic center Timofey Mozgov has been dealing with a knee injury for quite some time and has yet to play a game this season. On Friday, the Russian rim-protector underwent an arthroscopic procedure, according to a report from Josh Robbins of The Athletic.
Timofey Mozgov had an arthroscopic procedure on his sore right knee today in Miami, team officials said.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) January 4, 2019
Mozgov, now 32-years-old, has been sidelined all season due to his injury. Currently, there is no official timetable for his return. When he is healthy enough to play again, it will be hard for him to find minutes in the front-court rotation, as Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba have laid claim to the first and second string positions.
The Magic acquired Mozgov before the start of this season as part of a three-team deal with the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls.
“Mozy is a terrific guy,” Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said after the acquisition of Mozgov. “It’s a move where, hopefully, a fresh start with a couple of the players (like Mozgov) will work out. It’s all about how they assimilate with their new teams.”
In his 454 career games played, Mozgov has racked up averages of 6.8 points on 53.5 percent shooting from the field and 4.9 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per contest.
Mozgov's career in the NBA has been rather fluid, as he's played for several different teams. Most hoops fans will remember his stint with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — a team that won the championship in 2016. Since then, Mozgov has played for the Los Angeles Lakers (54 games in 2016-17) and the Brooklyn Nets (31 games in 2017-18).
The Magic (17-20 and 3rd in the Southeastern Division standings) will be back in action on Friday night, when they'll face the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Tip-off inside the Target Center is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.