Orlando Magic guard Jodie Meeks is on track to return to the court in November, according to the Orlando Sentinel‘s Josh Robbins. Meeks, 29, had surgery on his right foot in July.
Meeks fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the Detroit Pistons’ second regular-season game last year. It essentially cost him his season — he had surgery in late October, and he didn’t play again until their 82nd game. When the playoffs started, Meeks was again out of the rotation. Detroit traded him to Orlando in late June, and he had a second surgery weeks later.
It’s unfortunate for the Magic that Meeks won’t be ready for the start of training camp. If he is at full strength when he comes back, though, then it will have been worth it. When Meeks is at his best, he is one of the better floor spacers in the league. His 3-point percentage has fluctuated season by season, but this offensively challenged Orlando team will surely encourage him to fire away at every opportunity.
The Magic have the personnel to be one of the top defensive teams in the league. They also might be one of the worst offensive teams in the league, unless coach Frank Vogel can figure out a way to keep enough shooting on the floor to make defenses work. Meeks could be a big part of that, if he’s able to earn minutes alongside fellow shooting guards Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Magic’s Jodie Meeks reportedly to return in November after foot surgery