MEMPHIS, Tenn. —The Orlando Magic didn’t make it through this preseason unscathed.
Big man Gustavo Ayón will miss at least the next two weeks because of a sprained left thumb, coach Jacque Vaughn said after the team completed its shootaround at FedEx Forum.
“[It's] a good thing it happened now and early, and he can continue his conditioning and hopefully get right back into the fold after those few weeks,” Vaughn said.
Nik Vucevic already seemed likely to be the Magic’s starting center to begin the regular season.
Vaughn said Ayón’s injury probably will not impact the Magic’s looming roster decisions. Eighteen players currently are on Orlando’s roster, and the team must contract to 15 players by Monday afternoon.
Ayón said he feels no pain in the thumb because he’s wearing a splint that prevents it from moving.
Ayón said he suffered the injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s exhibition against the San Antonio Spurs. The thumb bent backward as Ayón defended the Spurs’ Tiago Splitter.
The Magic acquired the 6-foot-10 Ayón from the New Orleans Hornets this past summer in a sign-and-trade deal that sent restricted free agent Ryan Anderson to the Big Easy.
Ayón played well this month, averaging 8.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
The Magic should be able to withstand his absence without too much shuffling, because the team has more depth at center and power forward than it had at the end of last season.
Josh McRoberts, Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O’Quinn could receive increased playing time during Ayón’s absence.
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