Solomon Jones to Have Knee Surgery, Out Indefinitely
The Orlando Magic announced today that backup big man Solomon Jones would be sidelined indefinitely after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Jones was signed as a training camp invitee and impressed enough to make the opening night roster. He also played in crunch time minutes and overtime during Wednesday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The injury was sustained at some point during the closing of that game.
A graduate of nearby Mount Dora High School, Jones was originally selected in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft by Atlanta. He has appeared in 272 career NBA games with Atlanta, Indiana, New Orleans, the Los Angeles Clippers, New York and Orlando, averaging 3.1 ppg. and 2.4 rpg. in 11.1 minpg. Collegiately, Jones played two years at Daytona Beach Community College, then two years at the University of South Florida.
With Big Baby still sidelined and Tobias Harris nursing a sprained ankle, the big man depth in Orlando is slim. NBA teams can NOT waive a player while they are injured. With the current Magic roster at the maximum of 15, no players can be added unless Hedo is officially bought out (especially Romero Osby).