Glen Davis had surgery on his injured left foot to replace a screw Monday in North Carolina, the Magic announced. Davis injured his foot in January against the Knicks in New York and was lost for the rest of the season. Since he had been able to resume working out he had pledged to lose weight and get back into shape — even going so far as to go on a cleanse diet.
It appeared to be working as he had lost considerable amount of weight toward the end of the season. The desire to come back though may have led to his latest setback.
Originally, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reported Sunday that Davis had suffered a setback in his rehab (h/t Bryan Rose of Fansided). Washburn said the tweak would likely cause Davis to miss the rest of the summer. When I spoke to Washburn at the Orlando Pro Summer League on Sunday, he suggested it seemed the setback was caused by Davis working extremely hard to come back and overdoing it. The suggestion was that he shut it down or scale back to allow the injury to continue healing.
Davis' agent, John Hamilton, told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel seemed to suggest the same as Davis took precautions when he felt discomfort in his foot.
It is unclear at this point whether Davis will be ready to go for training camp, but all indications suggest that he will. It is just a lot of lost time for Davis to continue working on his body and become a better player.
And he was a good one for the Magic last year. Davis, in a featured role for the first time in his career, averaged 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, both career highs. He was a defensive anchor for the Magic as the team was slightly below .500 when Davis was playing. Orlando won just seven games without him in the lineup and the season turned when he injured his shoulder in mid-December.
While Orlando has a lot of young power forwards it would like to develop, Davis remains a valuable asset the Magic need to showcase to get value for. Davis is also a good leader and presence to have in the locker room for the young players.