Ian Mahinmi, the Wizards’ biggest signing of the offseason, will not be available for the start of the season after suffering a knee injury in Thursday's preseason game against the 76ers. The team broke the news in a press release Saturday morning:
The Washington Wizards announced today that center Ian Mahinmi has suffered a partially torn medial meniscus in his left knee. The injury occurred in Thursday’s game vs. Philadelphia. An MRI performed on Friday revealed the partial tear and Mahinmi underwent successful surgery Friday evening.
The procedure was performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Wiemi Douoguih of MedStar at Washington Hospital Center. Mahinmi is expected to miss approximately four to six weeks.
If Mahinmi is back in exactly four weeks he would be back November 12, if it’s six weeks, he'd be back November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Thankfully, the injury comes at the position where the Wizards have the most depth. Marcin Gortat will continue to anchor the starting unit, and Jason Smith will slide in as Gortat’s backup. While Smith won’t provide the same interior presence offensively or defensively, his outside shooting and rim protection should help the Wizards stay competitive while Mahinmi recovers from injury.