Hornets forward Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair his torn meniscus, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN. He's expected to miss six weeks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 11, 2017
As Woj reports, Zeller will miss six weeks.
The news isn’t surprising. Surgery was bound to happen following the diagnosis. Maybe Zeller looked into whether surgery could wait, but it appears that it couldn’t given the news.
This leaves the Hornets without their backup center. Johnny O’Bryant III will get an extended look in a reserve role, but Frank Kaminsky will more than likely slide into Zeller’s spot once he returns. When that happens, O’Bryant should continue to play, but at power forward. There’s also the case for selected minutes of Treveon Graham at power forward as well, as is the case currently.
All in all, this is terrible news. The Hornets went 3-17 without Zeller last season. They may be slightly more prepared for his absence this season, but he remains an important piece and the team will be stretched thin without him.