The Orlando Magic send Daniel Orton, their first-round draft pick out of Kentucky, down to the D-League to let him rehabilitate his knee and start to mold the raw lump of potential into something the Magic could use.
Except two games in to his D-League stint in New Mexico, he injured his left knee, according to FanHouse. That is the same knee he had surgery on this summer.
The severity of the injury is not known, he will get an MRI in Orlando. However, any injury to a surgically repaired knee is not good news (and the fact they are flying him back to Orlando suggests it’s something more serious).
Orton had a dozen points and 13 rebounds in his D-League debut Friday night. The Magic drafted Orton at No. 29 on potential — he did not play a lot at Kentucky, not like the school’s big names like John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins. But the Magic could be patient, they have a pretty good player at center right now.
That wait may be longer than expected.