June 6, 2020, 7:13 pmAl-Farouq AminuPF, 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
February 12, 2020, 1:32 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mohamed Bamba (illness) will not play on Wednesday.
Bamba hoped to play, but the doctors would not clear him for action. Khem Birch should see more time on the court while Nikola Vucevic is primed for a big game.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
February 4, 2020, 1:50 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch (back) is being listed as questionable to play in Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Birch has averaged 20.6 minutes over the past month but hasn't done much with the playing time putting up a mere 4.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Unless the team moves Nikola Vucevic ahead of the trade deadline, there isn't much reason to be keeping an eye on Birch.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 3, 2020, 5:54 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch (back) will not play on Monday.
Birch should get more opportunities with Jonathan Isaac injured, but he won't be available against the Hornets. Wes Iwundu will start that game.
Source: Orlando Magic on Twitter
January 10, 2020, 11:45 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
With Aaron Gordon (hamstring tightness) out on Friday, Khem Birch started for the Magic and was able to pulled down 11 boards to go with six points, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.
Birch is expected to be the main beneficiary of Jonathan Isaac's long-term absence. That said, he's more of just a rebounds and blocks guy who can chip in good FG% on low volumes. Birch is worth owning in 14-team leagues or deeper.
January 9, 2020, 5:51 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon is questionable to face the Suns on Friday due to tightness in his right calf.
Gordon has the opportunity in front of him to produce top-100 per-game value but has failed to do so this season. If he strings together a few solid performances, trading him for a top-100 player might make the most sense. If Gordon does sit out Friday's game, Khem Birch and Wes Iwundu could see additional opportunity.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
January 8, 2020, 9:59 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch started for the Magic on Wednesday and did not disappoint with 11 points (2-of-3 FGs, 7-of-9 FTs), nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in 29 minutes.
The Magic decided to go big and swapped Birch in for previous game's starter Wes Iwundu (seven points, seven rebounds, two assists, one ssteal, 19 minutes) and it worked out well. Birch was an insta-add in the wake of the Jonathan Isaac injury but has been lukewarm prior to tonight. Give him a look for a boost in boards and defensive stats if you're in a 16-team league or deeper.
January 4, 2020, 9:46 pmWes IwunduSF, Orlando Magic
Wes Iwundu started on Saturday and scored nine points with four rebounds and one three in 31 minutes.
Iwundu started over Khem Birch (two points in 11 minutes) and the Magic are still trying to figure out their rotations without Jonathan Isaac. Iwundu won't creep into standard-league value even if he starts and plays 30 minutes. He can be left on the wire outside of 30-team leagues.
January 3, 2020, 9:44 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch started in place of Jonathan Isaac on Friday night but it didn't go well from a statistical perspective with just two points, one rebound, two assists and a block in 25 minutes.
Birch is not a great fit next to Nikola Vucevic, though he was Orlando's defensive anchor in the second unit last season and might get an opportunity to work out the kinks. Either way he'd only pop as a deep-league option for blocks. The other Isaac alternatives are also pretty unappealing for fantasy GMs, with Wes Iwundu picking up seven points, six rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes and the rest of the work getting spread around Orlando's previous rotation. Despite a major injury, there won't be a lot of moves to make for fantasy players.
January 3, 2020, 6:42 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch will be inserted into the starting lineup when the Magic clash with the Heat on Friday.
Birch totaled 26 minutes back on Wednesday after Isaac went down in the first half of that contest. Birch is not going to be a steal of a pickup, but he might have some late-round value at times and deserves to be rostered in deeper leagues as we see how things shake out in Orlando in the wake of Isaac's long term absence.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
January 2, 2020, 5:57 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has reported that the MRI that was done on Jonathan Isaac's left knee revealed a severe sprain and bone contusion and the team will re-evaluate him in approximately two months.
Wojnarowski also reported that the silver lining of Isaac's injury is that he avoided any structural damage to ACL, MCL or PCL ligaments. Isaac was on pace to finish the year somewhere between a second round and fourth round value. He does still have a chance to return this season but that opportunity won't come until the end of the season. He can be placed on the IR spot if that is an option; otherwise it wouldn't be crazy to drop him in redraft leagues. The names to watch on the Magic that may be on the waiver wire are Terrence Ross, Khem Birch, Amile Jefferson and Mo Bamba. Ross is the only player that has been fantasy relevant in standard leagues in past seasons.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
January 1, 2020, 8:39 pmAmile JeffersonPF, Orlando Magic
Amile Jefferson started the second half of Wednesday's game after Jonathan Isaac was stretchered off the court with a hyperextended knee – but Jefferson was not much of a factor with just two points, six rebounds and two assists to his name.
Jefferson is still too raw to be trusted in fantasy. The Magic saw Khem Birch (seven points, 10 rebounds) play some PF and projects to be the better option in deep leagues as a booster for boards and blocks while Isaac recovers.
December 30, 2019, 5:32 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mohamed Bamba (right ankle sprain) will be available for Monday's game.
Bamba last played on December 23. He rarely cracks 20 minutes in a single game but can provide blocks for owners in deeper leagues. With Nikola Vucevic and Bamba back, Khem Birch has minimal value.
Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter
December 28, 2019, 12:57 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
Mohamed Bamba (right ankle sprain) is questionable against the Bucks on Saturday.
Bamba sprained his ankle in practice and missed Friday's game. If he cannot go Saturday, Khem Birch will continue to operate as the backup to Nicolas Vucevic. Bamba is not in the standard league conversation with near top-200 per game value while averaging 6.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 0.6 triples in 17.0 minutes per game. His opportunity did not increase when Vucevic was sidelined for several weeks as he seems locked into a 15-20 minute per game role the rest of the season.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
December 15, 2019, 7:28 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch didn't leave the bench in Sunday's win over the Pelicans.
The return of Nikola Vucevic knocked Birch right out of the rotation and he can be dropped in all formats.