Magic's Jodie Meeks: Will play off bench

Meeks (thumb) will be available off the bench Monday against the 76ers, John Denton of reports.

Meeks has not played since mid-January after undergoing surgery to repair a strained right thumb, but after returning to practice recently he's been given the green light to play. Coach Frank Vogel said the veteran will be available off the bench in what will likely be a limited capacity. Conditioning shouldn't be a major factor, but Meeks will likely see somewhat of a reduced minutes load, as the team has little reason to give a 29-year-old on an expiring contract a heavy workload, especially given the presences of younger wings Terrence Ross, Mario Hezonja and Evan Fournier.

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