Washington Wizards big man Ian Mahinmi underwent knee surgery before the start of the season, but could return before the end of November.
After missing out on Kevin Durant, Al Horford and all of the other premier free agents available this past summer, the Washington Wizards turned their attention to revamping their second unit with the hopes of adding depth and versatility.
Wanting to regain the elite defensive identity that helped propel the Wizards to the second round of the 2014 and ’15 NBA Playoffs, Ernie Grunfeld signed former Indiana Pacers big man Ian Mahinmi to a $64 million deal.
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Mahinmi, who averaged slightly over 9 points and 7 rebounds per game as the Pacers’ starting center last year, had a top-10 defensive rating. He was above the likes of Draymond Green, Bismack Biyombo and his former teammate, Paul George.
As Washington’s highest paid big, Mahinmi was supposed to compete for a starting position with Marcin Gortat. Injuries, though, have set his debut with the team back.
Shortly before the season began, the Washington Wizards announced that Mahinmi had undergone left knee surgery.