Pelicans Reveal Surgery & Timeline For Trey Murphy III

After the devastating news of a meniscus injury for breakthrough guard Trey Murphy III this past week, the New Orleans Pelicans have gotten better news now that the medical procedures have been completed. Murphy should be able to return by early December.

Murphy underwent a successful partial meniscectomy, said the Pelicans' release, and he also received a biologic injection in his left knee this afternoon.

The 23-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, and according to the team, "will return to basketball activities in approximately 10-12 weeks". 

Keep in mind that "returning to basketball activities" is not the same as stepping on the court in an NBA game. So if he's able to start ramping up in late November, according to the 10-week timeline, he'll hopefully be able to rejoin the Pelicans' lineup sometime in early December. 

Murphy had a breakout sophomore season last year, increasing his points-per-game by nearly 10, from 5.4 as a rookie to 14.5. He also shot 40.6% from long distance, and over 90% from the line, while adding 3.6 boards and 1.4 assists. 

In a stunning statistic, Murphy's season also consisted of him becoming the first player in the history of the NBA to shoot at least 60% on two-point FG, 40% on threes, and 90% from the line (with 100 attempts from two, 250 from three and 100 FTs). 

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