One day after learning Al-Farouq Aminu was “a ways away” from returning, the Magic announced that he had another surgical procedure on his injured knee.
Aminu, out since November when he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee, had a “minor arthroscopic procedure to address continued swelling” in the knee, the team announced Wednesday.
The Magic are notorious for being tight-lipped and vague when it comes to injuries, but Steve Clifford’s update on Aminu while speaking with reporters on Tuesday raised some eyebrows, given that’s it’s been nearly a year since Aminu had surgery to repair the torn meniscus.
“He won’t be able to do contact in camp,” Clifford said Tuesday. “There’s no timetable right now for him but he’s still a ways away.”
Aminu suffered the injury in late-November, and the Magic first opted to treat it through rehab rather than surgery. That changed after Aminu aggravated the knee and underwent surgery on Jan. 7, bringing an end to his first season with the Magic.
Aminu signed a three-year, $29 million deal with the Magic in the summer of 2019, a questionable signing with what was already a logjam in the Magic frontcourt. Before missing 55 games, he struggled in his role with the Magic, averaging a career-low 4.3 points per game while shooting 29.1 percent from the field, including 25 percent from three, in 21 minutes per.
Had Aminu been healthy last season, he would have useful following injuries to Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon. With Isaac out this season also, Aminu hopefully can return to full strength and become the player he was in Portland.
Certainly can’t fault Aminu for injuries. But with a bad start to the second year of his deal, following a disastrous first year, the signing is getting worse by the day.