Wizards center Ian Mahinmi was dealt another piece of bad news on Tuesday, as the veteran will undergo platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on both of his knees. Mahinmi is expected to miss another six weeks.
Mahinmi, 30, has appeared in just one of the Wizards' 27 games this season. He first suffered a partially torn left meniscus during the preseason and had surgery on Oct. 15.
Mahinmi returned on Nov. 26 to face the Spurs, only to then be sidelined again with right knee soreness. Mahinmi has had two MRIs on his right knee in recent weeks. The PRP treatment was prescribed after he was examined by Dr. James Andrews and Wizards head physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih.
PRP treatment involves drawing blood, then spinning it in a machine to enrich platelets. The blood is then injected back into the injured area. The platelets are supposed to help speed up the healing process.
Mahinmi signed a four-year, $64 million deal to join the Wizards in free agency over the summer. A nine-year NBA veteran, Mahinmi spent four seasons with the Indiana Pacers before coming to Washington. He was the Wizards' biggest offseason acquisition.
With Mahinmi now potentially out through the month of January, the Wizards will have to rely on backup big men Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson to fill the void down low. Undrafted rookie Daniel Ochefu may also see more playing time after playing 14 minutes across their last two games.