Magic rule Isaac out for rest of season

Posted: 17/03/2022 in NBA
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The Orlando Magic officially ruled out Jonathan Isaac for the remainder of the 2021-22 campaign, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman announced Tuesday.

Isaac hasn’t suited up since sustaining a torn left ACL in August 2020 against the Sacramento Kings.

“First and foremost, the care of our players will always be our top priority,” Weltman said. “We have to remember that Jonathan has missed essentially two years. While it continues to be a day-to-day process for him as he continues to strengthen and condition all aspects of his body, we feel we have reached a point where it would be prudent to say that he will not play this season.

“I understand this can be frustrating to our fans, but Jonathan has worked extremely hard, and he is eager to return to game action, which is why we must continue to manage his rehabilitation with the big picture in mind. Quite frankly, we are just out of time to ramp him up to play in games this season.”

Isaac was one of the NBA’s promising young forwards prior to his injury. The former No. 6 pick averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 boards, 2.3 blocks, and 1.6 steals over 34 appearances during the 2019-20 campaign. The year prior, he ranked 17th in the league in block percentage (4.1%) and 20th in total blocks (98).

The 24-year-old is in the first year of a four-year, $69.6-million contract extension signed in December 2020.

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