With the rest of his 2016-17 season in question, Meeks faces an uncertain future.
In any event, the Magic's decision to upgrade Meeks from out to questionable implies that he's firmly in the day-to-day range in the recovery process, so it may not be long before the team activates him.
Even if that materializes, Meeks is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and isn't certain to be retained by the rebuilding Magic, so the team may not have much incentive to hand him meaningful minutes over the final month of the season.
He apparently encountered a setback shortly after that, necessitating his surgery on July 19.
Other Magic players, past and present, have made full recoveries from fifth metatarsal fractures, including Gordon and Glen Davis.
Meeks has made 37.3 percent of his career 3-point attempts. Meeks fractured his right foot’s fifth metatarsal during the Detroit Pistons’ second regular-season game last season.
He also will be counted on to solidify the team’s depth on the wings behind projected starting shooting guard Evan Fournier, projected starting small forward Aaron Gordon and swingman Mario Hezonja, swingman C. By the time he recovered, he had fallen out of Detroit’s playing rotation, but he appeared in Detroit’s regular-season finale and in one playoff game. Orlando sent one of its two second-round picks in 2019 to the Pistons. A few days later, he told reporters he was completely healed from the foot fracture.
For the Magic, Meeks' extended absence means Mario Hezonja will have to step up and provide perimeter reinforcements with Evan Fournier (foot) also sidelined.
is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Meeks’ exact return date will depend on how well he continues to progress.