Orlando Magic Center Wendell Carter Jr. to Undergo Surgery for Fractured Finger
November 4, 2023
Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. is set to undergo surgery to repair a fractured finger, the team announced on Saturday. The surgery is expected to take place in the coming days, and Carter will be reevaluated in approximately three weeks.
The injury occurred during Thursday’s game against the Utah Jazz when Carter fell on his left hand while going for a rebound in the waning seconds of the match. The impact resulted in a fracture to his third metacarpal, necessitating the need for surgical intervention.
Carter, 24, has been a key player for the Magic this season, averaging 9.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. This marks his sixth season in the NBA, and his absence will undoubtedly be felt on the court.
In the absence of Carter, the Magic turned to Goga Bitadze to fill the void in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Orlando was also missing Markelle Fultz due to a knee injury and Gary Harris due to a groin injury, further challenging the team’s depth.
The Magic will now have to rely on their remaining roster to step up and fill the void left by Carter’s absence. The team’s medical staff will closely monitor his recovery progress over the next few weeks, with hopes of his return to the court as soon as possible.