The Orlando Magic learned Friday that second-year guard Victor Oladipo would need surgery to address a facial fracture he suffered in Thursday's practice. Now, citing "league sources," Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports Oladipo will miss one month.
Since announcing that Oladipo would indeed require surgery, the Magic have not commented on his condition or on a timetable for his return. Traditionally, Orlando does not publicly disclose timelines for injured players.
Should that timeline prove accurate, the soonest Oladipo could return would be on November 26th, a home date against the Golden State Warriors. Such a timeline would rule Oladipo out for the first 16 games of the Magic's season, or roughly one-fifth of the schedule.
Oladipo averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in his rookie campaign, finishing as the runner-up to Michael Carter-Williams in the Rookie of the Year chase. In his absence, Elfrid Payton and Luke Ridnour figure to handle much of Orlando's playmaking duties.