UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 31, at 12:50 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
While the prognosis for Glen Davis' foot hasn't improved in the last 24 hours, OrlandoMagic.com writer John Denton is reporting that the player should have surgery on his broken foot soon, and figures to be out roughly 3 to 4 months:
#Magic PF Glen Davis will have surgery on Friday. Left foot fracture of 5th metatarsal. Insert screw to stabilize. Expected out 8-12 weeks.— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) January 31, 2013
This is a blow for the Magic, to be sure; losing Davis for most of the second half of the season will certainly kill off what little hope this team had of making the playoffs this season, although it figures to drastically improve their chances of landing the first overall pick in this summer's draft. Davis had been averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, and his production will be tough to replace.
Davis had a broken foot. The OrlandoMagic.com's John Denton tweeted the news:
#Magic PF Glen Davis has a broken left foot and has been sent back to Orlando. No timetable on a return. Happened on a fast break in 1st Q.— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) January 31, 2013
Davis was able to play just four minutes and score two points before leaving with the injury. The Magic wound up losing the game, 113-97. It is not clear how the injury occurred.
While the details of the break and the timetable of his recovery haven't been announced, it is safe to assume this will be lengthy stay on the sidelines.
This is a big blow to the Magic and Davis. The 27-year-old is having his most productive season as a pro. In his second year with the Magic, this sixth-year pro is averaging a career-best 15.5 points and 7.5 assists in 32.1 minutes per game.
The Magic are not in a good position to replace Davis' production. He is the only power forward on the roster averaging more than 7.2 points per game, and this team was already hurting for depth to begin with.
The good news for the Magic is that this is not going to impact their playoff chances, because they are suffering through a miserable season.
At 14-31, the Magic's playoff chances are essentially nonexistent. This is a franchise that needs to have their sights on the future.
This may actually wind up being a good thing for the Magic—it could lead to the team being in a better position for the lottery.