The Portland Trail Blazers signed center Festus Ezeli this past offseason to a two-year, $15.2 million deal in hopes the fourth-year big man would make an instant push in their hopes for a strong playoff stand this season. Well, not only has Ezeli not played a single game this season due to injury (he received a bone marrow aspirate injection in August), but the Blazers have barely managed to resemble any close to a playoff team without him. However, Portland is currently only 1.5 games away from the eighth seeded Denver Nuggets and the possible addition of Ezeli could mean good things for the Blazers’ playoff hopes.
Only now it looks like they’ll have to go the rest of the season without him.
Per Chris Haynes of ESPN–
ESPN Sources: For months Portland's Festus Ezeli sought a cadaver donor. One recently submitted, thus surgical procedure on knee next week.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 5, 2017
Ezeli is expected to undergo a season-ending procedure on his left knee next week. The timetable for his recovery is currently unknown, but some have speculated that he could be out for up to a year.
Though this injury takes Ezeli out for the rest of this season, the procedure will be very beneficial to his long-term health. He has battled with issues tied with his left knee for quite awhile now and had been looking for a cadevor donor for a few months, however his incredible size made finding a matching donor quite difficult.