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  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Although Jonathan Isaac (knee) is at Disney World with the rest of the Magic, he is still rehabbing his injury and GM Jeff Weltman splashed some cold water on the idea that he might play during the restart.

    "He's at the stage where he can do a little light court stuff, but that's about it," Weltman said. Isaac was putting together a huge fantasy season and delivering on the high expectations that the Magic have for him before a devastating knee injury took him out of action on January 1. While Orlando is a safe bet for a playoff spot, they will likely err on the side of caution when it comes to Isaac's status. He's too important to the organization's future to bring back for a playoff series against one of the league's elite teams, especially after an eight-month layoff. Keep an eye out for more Isaac updates but don't count on his availability if you'll be playing fantasy games when the NBA starts again.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    An unnamed Magic player has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not with the team at Disney World.

    Additionally, Markelle Fultz is not with the team due to a personal matter, while Al-Farouq Aminu remains away to continue rehabbing his knee. Seven of the 22 teams participating in the Orlando restart had to shut down their practice facilities due to COVID-19 positive personnel, and it seems like the league would've had an eighth had the Magic not already left for the "bubble."

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Magic coach Steve Clifford said on Tuesday that it's too early to tell whether F's Jonathan Isaac (left knee) or Al-Farouq Aminu (torn right meniscus) would be able to return when the season resumes.

    Clifford said, "They're both in here working every day. … I just think it's really early to try to make an intelligent decision on anything like that," while also saying that neither Isaac nor Aminu has done any contact work as of yet. Isaac is the big name here, as he can change a playoff series should he be good to go, but Aminu is a solid depth option that the team had been missing for a while.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac (left knee) is not sure if he will be able to play when the league resumes in Orlando, but he intends to be in the bubble.

    Isaac has been open to returning if he recovered well from the injury, and Magic President of Basketball Operations, Jeff Weltman, said that the rehab process will ultimately guide the timetable. It still seems risky to let a cornerstone like Isaac return too quickly when the endgame is almost certainly a first-round exit versus the Bucks, but it's best to keep a close eye on Isaac's progress at this point. He sounds motivated to return if his body is up for it.

    Source: Click Orlando

  • Al-Farouq Aminu
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Al-Farouq Aminu (right torn meniscus), "most likely will not be healthy enough to return," when the season resumes according to the Orlando Sentinel.

    Aminu had season-ending surgery in early January and shed his brace in March. There some some speculation he could return due to the extra time off but in an interview this week, Magic president Jeff Weltman didn't give any indication Aminu was close to a return saying, “Not a whole lot of news there. As always, we’re going to wait and see how they respond to rehab." With Jonathan Isaac in the same boat as Aminu, expect Khem Birch and James Ennis to continue splitting the frontcourt minutes opposite Aaron Gordon.

    Source: Orlando Sentinel

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    The President of Basketball Operations for the Magic, Jeff Weltman, said Friday that the team does not expect Jonathan Isaac (left knee) to return when league play resumes, but that they will also be letting his rehab program dictate his timetable.

    Isaac has been sidelined since the beginning of January after a serious injury to his left knee.
    He was scheduled to be re-evaluated in 8-10 weeks but the impact of the coronavirus has muddled things up with many players, Isaac included. The Magic don't want to risk Isaac's immediate future, as he is under contract for one more season and is eligible for a qualifying offer prior to the 2021-22 season. With the Magic sitting in eighth place in the East and looking a (potential) fight for the right to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs as the eighth seed in August, the Magic brass may opt to keep Isaac out until the beginning of next season. That seems likely, at least.

    Source: 96.9 The Game on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac (left knee) has been running on a low-impact treadmill for about two weeks now.

    Isaac went down at the beginning of January with what was thought to be a season-ending injury, involving a posterior lateral corner injury and a medial bone contusion — i.e., a severe sprain and a bone bruise. At that point he was set to be re-evaluated in 8-10 weeks, and while we're well past those timelines, Isaac does appear to be moving along in his recovery. It remains to be seen if he'll be available for Orlando's postseason chase or if the Magic would even bother risking his bright future at this point.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Evan Fournier (right UCL sprain) is fully recovered.

    Fournier was supposed to be looking at an "extended absence" when he first went down in March, slamming the brakes on what was a top-70 season. The fact that he's healthy again will be a huge lift to the Magic, who currently occupy the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. They only need to hold off the Wizards to earn a playoff berth but also have an outside chance at jumping over the Nets to take the seventh spot.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Mohamed Bamba
    C, Orlando Magic

    Magic center Mo Bamba said on Tuesday that he's spent the quarantine period bulking up, self-proclaiming that he's put on close to 30 pounds of muscle.

    Bamba said of his time off, ""I’ve worked my tail off during this quarantine. This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started)." He laughed and added that only about 2.5 percent of the weight he's put on is body fat. Bamba, along with many other NBA players, "can’t wait to get back out there and work" which is a great sign for the Magic and their fans. Jonathan Isaac is becoming more and more of a potential option for the team when/if the season is resumed as the days pass, so his presence would limit Bamba's chances on the offensive end of the floor. The team has yet to decide whether or not they want to play Isaac at all the rest of the season, regardless of the rumblings about a restart from the league office. However, this bulk-up on Bamba's part is nonetheless pretty impressive and is certainly noteworthy.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac, who sustained a serious left knee injury in January, said his knee is "feeling strong" and that he has been squatting increasingly more weight recently.

    Isaac also said recently that he's open to returning if and when the NBA season is resumed and as long as the Magic organization is on-board with it. He has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and indicated that his knee feels "110 percent" after more than four months of rehab. Isaac is a huge part of the Magic's future and it remains to be seen whether or not they will take the risk.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac shared that his sprained left knee is feeling strong as he continues to rehab the 4-month old injury.

    Isaac's rehab has been going smoothly to date, and he also put his highest squat rack weight up since sustaining the injury. Moreover, Isaac appeared on an anti-gravity treadmill for the first time this week. Everything is still heading in the right direction, indicating that the playoffs are still a possibility if Isaac's rehab continues going well.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    The Magic have been assured that they will not be taking any COVID-19 tests away from the rest of the community, and as a result they intend to open their facilities on Tuesday.

    All entrants to the facility will now be tested, a significant step in allowing activities to ramp up in the Orlando area. The Orange County Department of Health signaled the tests were in order, and that ultimately allowed the Magic to feel confident enough to proceed. The NBA is wary of taking tests away from the general public, and it has to be a relief to see the Magic can resume activities without putting the local community at risk.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    If he is able to return to "110 percent" and everyone involved is on board with it, Jonathan Isaac (sprained left knee and bone bruise) would be ready to play for the Magic in the postseason.

    Isaac has been hurt for the past four months and has made steady progress in his recovery despite being forced to rehab from his home. Before going down Isaac was having a career year on the strength of 2.4 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.9 3-pointers. His return would be a significant boost for the Magic, but would also weaken his sleeper appeal heading into draft day next season.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac has been continuing his rehab work from a severe knee sprain amid the NBA hiatus.

    Isaac has been out since early in the calendar year after suffering a left knee sprain and bone bruise. The NBA denied the Magic a Disabled Player Exception earlier in the year, as doctors believed that Isaac wouldn't be out until mid June. Isaac was a long shot to return by the playoffs, but the hiatus has given him a better chance to return and potentially be ready for the start of the playoffs. This is an interesting watch as we continue to wait for the NBA, and life in general, to resume as normal.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Per Josh Robbins of The Athletic, Jonathan Isaac (sprained left knee and bone bruise) is still "far off" from a return to the court.

    For his part, Robbins did not want to speculate much on Isaac's potential return date with all the uncertainty going on with the league, but he did note that the last time he saw Isaac he was sporting a bulky knee brace over his jeans on March 11th. There is still optimism that Isaac can return for the playoffs, and with an uncertain date in terms of resuming play, Isaac will have additional time to get right.

    Source: The Athletic