Portland Trail Blazers center Festus Ezeli will undergo surgery on his left knee and will require a cadaver bone donor, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes. He has yet to play a game with Portland, after signing with the team last summer, because of the knee issue. Doctor’s held off surgery because Ezeli had difficulty finding a donor that suits the 6-foot-11-inch frame.
According to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh, said that details of the surgery have yet to be revealed but that it could involve replacement of his meniscus.
It could also be a cartilage bone replacement using the cadaver bone to replace damage to his own cartilage. However, Dr.Parekh believes that either will keep Ezeli out of action for six to eight months.
Ezeli was signed a two-year deal with the Trail Blazers, but because he has not played a game, the injury will not have an immediate real-life or fantasy effect on the Portland Trail Blazers. He will look focus on making sure he is fully healthy for the start of next season.
Jusuf Nurkic has ran away with the team’s starting center position since he was traded by the Denver Nuggets last month. Nurkic averaged eight points and six rebounds while shooting .517 percent with Denver this season. But he has excelled with Portland, averaging 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game since joining the team.
The trade may end up costing the Nuggets a playoff spot. The Trail Blazers only trail the Nuggets by 1.5 games. Nurkic, who was thrown out of the team’s rotation several times, is playing like he wants to prove they made a mistake by giving up on him. The two teams will clash at the Rose Garden on Mar. 28, a game that both team’s will surely have circled on their respective calendars.
Portland was desperately seeking a big man that can be relied on inside the paint before the trade deadline. Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis do not exactly have a great post game. They finally have a “go-to” option inside the paint and that will not change whether or not Ezeli is healthy.