News broke today that Philadelphia 76ers‘ forward Arnett Moultrie had surgery this morning on his ankle and he will be out until at least January. He reportedly injured the ankle in a workout last week, and while Moultrie isn’t a guy that was going to lead the Sixers to the playoffs, this is a big loss for the team and for Moultrie himself.
For the Sixers, they miss out on the opportunity to see if Moultrie is a part of the team’s rebuilding process. They cleaned house this year under new general manager Sam Hinkie and new head coach Brett Brown, and they completely tore down their roster in an effort to clear cap space and acquire draft picks.
With no experienced small forward on the roster, it appeared that Thaddeus Young might have to start at small forward, leaving major minutes on the table for Moultrie at the power forward position.
Moultrie showed promise as a rookie, albeit in limited playing time. But now the Sixers will not get the services of the former first round pick for a few months. This will also affect Moultrie and his next contract. The Sixers have to decide if they want to pick up the team option on Moultrie after this season, but if he doesn’t play until January there might not be much to go on. He has first-round talent but he came in out of shape, and now is not healthy enough to play.
All the Sixers have up front now is Lavoy Allen, Spencer Hawes and maybe Royce White, without the services of Moultrie and Nerlens Noel until January. This was going to be a big year for Moultrie and this injury definitely hurts his future with the team.