Solomon Jones daringly proclaimed at media day at the start of training camp that he would make the Magic's roster, even as a long shot. For the Mount Dora native who grew up cheering on Tracy McGrady and the Magic, it was going to be a dream to walk out in a Magic uniform in front of friends and family in his home town.
Half that dream came true when Jones played in the Magic's first two regular season games after surprisingly making the roster. He scored four points in 27 minutes through the two games, including a long spell as part of the closing unit in the Magic's 120-115 overtime loss tot he Timberwolves.
The other half of that dream will not come true however.
The Magic announced Friday that Solomon Jones suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee at some point during Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves. Jones will be out indefinitely and will need surgery.
It is a tough break for Jones who really turned heads during training camp and had the Magic make the tough decision to let Romero Osby, the team's second round pick, go to make room for the veteran forward.
Jameer Nelson tore his meniscus early in the 2009-10 season and missed about four weeks. The typical prognosis for return from a torn meniscus is 4-6 weeks. Likely Jones would not be able to return to the floor until December at the earliest. Recovery times vary greatly though. Everyone responds to rehab differently.
That likely frees up time for the Magic to play Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn to play more power forward. It could also free up time for Tobias Harris at power forward when he returns (he is not expected back for tonight's game). There is also Glen Davis' return looming somewhere in the background, likely around the time Jones would be set to return to the lineup.
The Magic have some options at power forward. This should not kill the team depth wise or rush the team to make a decision it does not want to. Likely, the Magic are not going to go out of their way to buy out Hedo Turkoglu but will let that process play out.
It is an unfortunate turn, but it does not appear it will change much for the Magic. Jones will be back at some point this season (this is not season-ending).