Magic forward Tobias Harris suffered a setback in his return from a high-ankle sprain and received a second MRI on his lower left leg, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Harris also sought a second medical opinion.
Robbins reports that there is no timetable for his return but it "seems like he won't be playing again in the immediate future."
"High-ankle sprains take time, and everybody’s healing timeline is different," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said Saturday. "And, right now, Tobias is working through that and trying to figure [that] out. When he feels his ankle is right, he’ll be ready to play. So, our stance right now is to be precautious and make sure that we don’t rush him back."
Harris suffered the high ankle sprain on Oct. 20 in a preseason game. On Nov. 24, he made his regular season debut, scoring six points in 16 minutes. In Orlando's next game, coach Jacque Vaughn was set to start Harris at small forward, but the 21-year-old felt pain in his ankle and was held out of the game.
Harris entered the 2013-14 season, his third in the league, with ambitious hopes. He was buried on Milwaukee's bench for the first year-and-a-half of his career before he was shipped to Orlando. In 27 games last year with the Magic, Harris averaged over 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists per game.
The injury, Robbins writes, frustrates Harris:
"It’s tough. But as a part of being an NBA player, you’re going to go through some bumps along the road. So I just try to keep my faith high and know myself and what I have going for me. Obviously, I’m not in the best type of mood just because I’m not playing, but I’ve just got to be patient, give it time and just progress through it. I always just try to keep my spirit high and just get through it all."