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Orlando’s Jodie Meeks out indefinitely following thumb surgery

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 02: Jodie Meeks #20 of the Orlando Magic watches his shot in the first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 2, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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After missing the start of the season due to injury, Jodie Meeks had become a regular part of the rotation in Orlando, giving then 8.9 points per game, shooting 40 percent from three, and providing a veteran presence. His role has grown since Evan Fournier went out injured.

Now Meeks is out injured again and it may well cost him the rest of the season. From the Orlando Magic’s web site:

Orlando Magic guard Jodie Meeks underwent surgery to repair his right thumb this afternoon, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced. He will be out indefinitely and his return to action will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation. Meeks sustained the injury on January 18 @ New Orleans. After conducting a follow-up exam, it was determined that surgery was the proper course of action.

This likely means more Jeff Green and C.J. Wilcox until Fournier returns.

Meeks is making $6.5 million this season and will be a free agent next summer.