The Orlando Magic are clearly rebuilding their franchise and looking toward their future. Most would agree that the job that they have done so far and arguably have some of the best young talent in the entire NBA. Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo highlight a cast of youthful prospects that the franchise has high hopes for in the future.
However, one of their veteran players may not be on the floor to start the season. Glen “Big Baby” Davis had surgery to replace a screw in his foot, an injury that ended his season last year, and now there are questions about whether or not the big power forward will be ready for the start of the season per the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins.
Before succumbing to his injury last year, Davis was having the best of his six seasons in the league. In 34 games he averaged 15.1 points, 7.2 points and 2.1 assists in 31.1 minutes per game while also shooting 44.8 percent from the field. He looked like he could possibly be a key part of the Magic last season.
The prospect of Davis not being able to suit up to start the upcoming season is quite troubling for the Magic. Not only would he be able to provide a sense of leadership to such a young roster, but he also won’t be able to increase his value with his play.
Davis has two years remaining on his contract, meaning he will be an expiring deal next summer. Given that the Magic are looking to overhaul their team and build for the future, Davis could potentially be shopped next summer. However, if he’s unable to play for much of next season, that could make it harder to deal him, though it’s still possible. We shall have to wait and see how Big Baby’s rehab goes and what happens regarding his future with Orlando.